Remon relishes athletic training centre experience

sports July 29, 2012 00:00

By The Nation on Sunday

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Daniel Remon is living the London dream.


The founder and CEO of Fitcorp Asia, one of Thailand’s leading innovative sport training and coaching companies, couldn’t believe his ears when he was told to manage and support the Athletic Training Centre at the Athletes Village in London. Perhaps the organisers’ inclusiveness and all encompassing nature to assemble the best from all over the world and Remon’s involvement in sports performance coaching, training and youth development programmes around Asia gained him an entry ticket to work with the best athletes in the world.
“I am greatly honoured to be selected to be a part of the team to support the athletes in London. It really is an amazing experience to be surrounded by and working directly with the best athletes on the planet,” he said.
“We create and develop the same types of programmes in Bangkok and make cutting edge training, education and coaching open and available to athletes in Thailand.”
The Australian physical fitness expert is relishing his moments in the gym and soaking in the experience.
“It has been an interesting insight into elite sports performance training,” Remon told the Nation. “Overall it has been fascinating to interview various coaches and athletes and to discover the various training styles and what they have been doing differently in the lead up to London.
“The most common change is the change in intensity – higher loads, high intensities and lower volume of training.”
Remon said sport training is a science and there are many areas where coaching is required to create outstanding results. “The systems and methodologies we have created in Bangkok are in line with the top coaches in the world.
“Talking with some German coaches, I learned that they have determined that the current athleticism and fitness of a player is more than [what is] required and their approach over the last few years has been to maintain core strength, work on corrective injury prevention and keep athletes ‘healthy’!
“South American athletes focus on a lot of high intensity explosive movements, even in the lead up to the games. Argentinian and Brazilian teams are all power.
“The Chinese are about floor work. Lots of forced flexibility to warm up, and the gymnasts warm up with a five-minute stationary handstand. 
“It was awesome to discuss with coaches their strategies for cutting edge programming.”
Remon said he had seen many Aussie coaches working for other national teams during the last one week. “It certainly reflects their scope and expertise in athlete training and development. I got a chance to exchange ideas with them and even had the chance to shed some light on some of our success in Thailand to help others develop their coaching programmes.” 
Remon, who was also involved in the inaugural Youth Olympics games held in Singapore in 2010, said working with seven-foot (213cm) Russian 17-year-olds certainly was a reality check of the quality of athletes present at the Games two years ago. “At the Youth Olympics, we were really sure how it would come off. The success there helped us to be invited to work to help develop junior athletic programmes for a number of Olympic nations.”
Remon wears his Aussie patriotism on his sleeve, but he also has a soft spot for Thai athletes. “I will be there to support the Aussie team of course and most definitely the Thai athletes. I will be really glad if they pull off some surprises and bring home gold medals,” he signed off.