Posted on 20/08/2016 by Darren Simmons
We blogged recently about the potential for Sports High Performance Directors and Technical staff to cross-fertilize, and the likelihood of a post-Rio 2016 Olympic Games shake-up within TeamGB sports. https://www.eisg.com/blog/2016/08/the-road-to-rio-and-out-again-high-performance-in-focus
Today's Daily Telegraph takes this concept a step further, with the tangible suggestion that Team GB's Sailing Team Manager, Stephen Park, might be interested in taking a role within the uber-successful Team GB Cycling set-up post-Rio. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sailing/2016/08/19/team-gbs-sailing-team-manager-interested-in-cycling-takeover-aft/
What do you think?
Can Sporting Technical Directors make a seamless transition from one sport to another?
Does it simply come down to having a proper definition of a Sporting Director / Head of High Performance?
If it's about setting strategy, culture and overseeing sports medicine and sports science are the technical nuances of a particular sport actually an issue?
Can you see Sir Bradley Wiggins taking guidance from a new Performance Director without a long track record in cycling?
Sir Dave Brailsford has admitted that his own cycling career was less than stellar but he's proven time after time that he's a genius and the King of Marginal Gains. Surely any Team GB sport would jump at the opportunity for Sir Dave to take the role of High Performance Director in their sport?
We'd love your thoughts!