Katinka Hosszu: Nun bald mit eigenem Schwimmklub

by Daniela Kapser 0

July 28th, 2016 Deutsch

Die Marketingmaschine Katinka Hosszu und ihr Trainer und Eheman Shane Tusup gaben in einer Pressemitteilung bekannt, dass sie nach den Olympischen Spielen im September ihren eigenen Schwimmklub eröffnen werden, Iron Aquatics. In der Kombination mit “Iron”, entstanden aus ihrem Spitznamen “Iron Lady”, vermarktet sie unter “Iron Lady” und mittlerweile auch  “Iron Nation” verschiedene Produkte wie Baseballcaps, T-Shirts, einen Shaker für Protein Drinks, aber auch Tassen und ein “Iron Meal”. Das Motto der “Iron Nation”: “A philosophy, a belief, a way to live life, a set of values, not accepting the norm, not willing to be average, not settling for good enought. Are you IRON NATION?”

Nun ergänzt sie das Portfolio um ein “Weltklasse-Trainings-Programm” – sie sagt:”Wir beabsichtigen ein zukunftorientiertes und positives Trainingsumfeld für Schwimmer zu schaffen – sie sollen auch Spaß haben während sie hart trainieren. Natürlich bedeutet dies nicht, dass ich meine Karriere nach Rio beenden werden. Ich werde wie bisher trainieren und Rennen schwimmen – ich würde gerne noch an den Spielen 2020 und vielleicht sogar 2024 teilnehmen.”

Die ungarische Spitzenschwimmerin hält zur Zeit mehr Weltrekorde als jede an der Schwimmerin – und produzierte nebenbei noch ein ‘Iron Lady’ video und einen eigenen Comic: Arcanum.

Darren Ward wird das Programm begleiten – er ist zur Zeit Trainer in Dubai bei Hamilton Aquatics, federführend wird aber Hosszu sein. Sie und Shane möchten durch das Trainingsprogramm die Erfahrungen, die sie an die Weltspitze gebracht haben, weitergeben. Nicht nur Schwimmer, auch Trainern soll die Möglichkeit gegeben werden, von ihrem Wissen zu profitieren. Sie setzen hohe Erwartungen in das Programm und sind überzeugt dass sie einen sehr positiven Einfluß auf viele Athleten haben werden, damit sie als Schwimmer besser werden können.Der Iron Aquatic Club soll schon bei Schwimmanfängern ansetzen und vielleicht die Reise von Schwimmern bis zu einer Profi-Karriere begleiten. “Dabei sind wir in der Lage, den Schwimmern die besten technischen Grundlagen beizubringen und somit eine gute Möglichkeit zu bieten, schnelle Schwimmer zu werden.”

Hier die vollständige Pressemitteilung:

“This press conference is not about the Olympic Games, although it would be strange if I didn’t say a word about the Games just two days before we leave for Rio. I heard about all your predictions about my performance. Many of you are counting how many medals, how many gold medals I will get, whether the relay (4×200 free) will make it to the final or not. This can put a lot of pressure on the athletes but I think we should be grateful that this sport entertains and brings together so many people. I only want to make one thing clear: I can’t promise medals, let alone gold medals; I can’t guarantee that I’ll fulfill your expectations.

However, there are two things that I can promise.

First, I can promise that I will give everything I have in order to represent Hungary on the highest possible level. I will do everything to give our country the best possible finish.

Second, even after Rio I would like to stand for important values and keep motivating and inspiring people so we can take Hungarian swimming to the next level. This is exactly why I moved back home after 2012 – to be a part of this process. I feel it’s my responsibility to use my knowledge and experience that I gained the past 23 years.

I’m proud to announce that we open up our own swim club, Iron Aquatics in September. Iron Aquatics will be an all-inclusive World Class aquatic training program designed to positively impact the lives of all who choose to be a part. We aim to create a forward thinking and positive training environment where the swimmers can have fun while working hard.

This of course doesn’t mean that my career ends after Rio. I will keep training and racing that same way I have been. I’d like to be at the 2020 Olympics and sometimes I even think about going to 2024…

Shane and I were able to put together a program that helped me get to the top of the world in my events. The Iron Aquatics program will be based on those training and technical aspects as well. The club will not be limited to swimmer development but will take on the responsibility to coach our coaches, teachers, and support personnel. In doing so we hope to raise the standards of coaching and teaching practices to the level that match and exceed our club development expectations.

To be able to develop this program in Hungary while still training full time, we had to find a coach who understands our philosophy and has experience in the age group level as well. This person is Darren Ward. Over the last fifteen years Darren has worked in the capacity of Development Coach, Assistant Head Coach and Head Coach as well as Club Development Officer, his wealth of experience in the sport of swimming has given him a great insight into not only athlete development but also the tools to manage and coordinate the many facets of developing club structure and stability. Darren’s journey into the elite level of coaching was created through many years of working with and creating learn to swim programs and club structure in his native Scotland.

We have set the bar high in our expectations for the program, however we truly believe we can create a movement that will change the lives of a great many and for the better and in doing so achieve and exceed our expectations.

The Iron Aquatic structure will eventually encompass the complete swimming journey from the paddling pool to the podium and everything in-between. Our swimming pathway will be designed in such a way that each step will link seamlessly together from Learn to Swim into the swimmers first club session and beyond. In doing so we will be able to nurture the highest levels of technical competency and give our swimmers the best opportunity to develop into fast swimmers.” – Katinka Hosszú

Weitere Informationen:

Iron Aquatics
web: www.ironaquatics.hu
facebook: facebook.com/ironaquatics
e-mail: [email protected]

Originalartikel: Loretta Race

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