Joanne Love

My coaching journey begun, believing I had the knowledge and experience to be as successful as anyone else starting out on their own career. My first years spent coaching were in Queensland, where there was a strong female presence on pool-deck, but there was still a gender bias towards male coaches.Read more...

The “Positive Feedback Sandwich” technique has long been touted as the best method for giving negative feedback or criticism to others. The sandwich technique involves saying a positive statement first, delivering the tough negative message next, and then following up with something positive to finish on a good note. For decades, this method has been taught to coaches, managers, and leaders in many differing fields, as a way of softening the blow when you need to deliver something negative about a person’s performance.Read more...

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Rio 2016 – If you haven’t seen the incredible footage from the Women's 5000m track heats, where runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (NZ) stumbled over each other and then helped each other up, I suggest you do so as soon as possible. With the Olympics nearing a close, we are hearing the commentary focusing on those who failed, those who didn't live up to expectations, resulting in lots of negative comments from media sources. It was SO good to watch the story involving  these two athletes. In a remarkable display of sportsmanship, they helped each other pick themselves up after a fall, and urged each to continue and finish the race, even though it was glaringly obvious that D’Agostino had a knee injury.  Whilst this display really embodies what the Olympics are all about, it was the referees decision that really shone in my view. The referee made the decision to move both girls through to the final! D’Agostino commented to the media “My experience in Rio was going to be about more than my race performance - and as soon as Nikki got up I knew that was it."  Unfortunately, D’Agostino will not be running in the final due to the severity of the knee injury, but the legacy these girls have left on the world has been phenomenal. Read more...

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time when our thoughts turn to the new year and our dreams for the future. But how often do we make these goals and that’s as far as they go? Athletes can teach us so much about dreaming big and achieve those goals. We only need to look at our recent Rio Olympians; every personal best and/or Olympic medal was the result of many years of hard work, dedication, and one other common trait; the ability to dream big and be bold. And because of this ability, many of these successful athletes will go onto to be both leaders in the world outside of sport.Read more...

Our ability to dream big is fundamental to achieving success. In 1962, John F. Kennedy made a speech declaring that the USA would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. What was truly remarkable about this statement, was that they hadn’t even been able to put a man into space, let alone get him to walk on the moon and return to earth. Kennedy created this goal with the aim of inspiring and awakening the American people, to work as a nation on this bold vision and to leap ahead of the Russians in the space program. Kennedy was acutely aware of the level of effort and new thinking this would require for the USA to be successful.Read more...

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"He taught me the right values, so did my parents. They got on very well. We were very close to Peter, all of us."Read more...

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