Peel Regional Sports Academy Coach Chris Wing talks sports science, resilience and training. | Mandurah Courier

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Chris Wing has been training athletes and unleashing their bodies’ full potential for years, a line of work he himself fell into early in his life as an athlete.

Fascinated by the sports science and human biology behind what makes an athlete, Wing worked hard to earn his A-levels and went on to coach several football teams in the UK and Australia.

In 2019, Wing signed on as a strength and conditioning coach at Peel Regional Academy of Sport, where he has spent the past three years training young athletes as they prepare to take the next steps in their careers.

Wing said his first professional coaching gig came after graduating from college with Barton Rovers Football Club.

“I’m from the UK – and I’ve played football myself. I really enjoyed my own coaching and had an interest in sports science, so it was only natural for me to want to get into that aspect. things,” he said.

“I volunteered with some local teams to gain experience and really enjoyed the mechanics of everything. Barton Rovers was my first foray into making money through coaching.”

His first job as a professional coach taught him a lot about “learning by doing” and helped him further develop his craft outside of an academic institution.

“When you’re in college you learn certain things and think that when you get to your job you’ll have everything you need to do strength and conditioning – but when I got there, it there was nothing I could use,” he laughed.

“It was a reality check of what I always tell athletes ‘context is key’ – you can’t program things you don’t have access to, which was a big learning curve. for me. Your environment will dictate what is possible.”

After Wing got the coaching job at the Peel Regional Athletic Academy, he set to work training Peel’s upcoming young stars, a totally different experience, he said, from senior training.

“You work with children so much. With seniors in their twenties, they are quite well trained and seeing a big improvement is somewhat difficult.

NEW GENERATION: Wing says watching kids grow as people and athletes is a rewarding part of his life. Photo: PRAS Facebook.

“With young athletes, some come in and don’t know what a barbell is, and then within a year they’re lifting something quite heavy.”

A year after starting, Wing was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach, with more responsibility and a renewed sense of pride in his job.

Among Wing’s responsibilities are improving athleticism and toughness for each sport, enabling an athlete’s body to withstand the rigors of each composition and improving strength, endurance, speed and performance.

“We do this through a physical assessment when we select athletes at the start. It gives us an idea of ​​their physical condition and what they are capable of, it also highlights any weaknesses.

“We then build a program based on each athlete’s individual needs and reassess every three months.”

Some of the highlights Wing has had throughout her career include coaching a young girl following a serious injury.

“This athlete had a horrific lower leg injury – it was a life-threatening injury. We worked very hard with her on her rehabilitation and seeing her make the 18-year-old state team was a huge highlight. .”

Wing also recalled a time when he made a strong impression on an athlete who decided he no longer wanted to play professional sports.

“…I got an email from his mum who told me he had joined a local gym and really liked working out – and wouldn’t have done that without us.

“We work to get people into elite sport, yes, but we also work to help people become good human beings who like to be active and happy. That was a highlight out of left field. showed that I had marked this as a child.”

When he’s not coaching or playing sports, Wing is spending time with his fiancé and 19-month-old daughter.

The family lives in Erskine and Wing said they all enjoy staying active and spending quality time together.

“My fiancée is actually a physio – we use it if we ever get stuck with an injury.

“I’m currently finishing a doctorate in sports science, between that and the academy it’s a lot of my time. I’m really crazy about sports, if I’m not watching it or in the gym…there’s ain’t much else. I like to ride about 150km a week on my bike,” he laughed.

“I also really like being a dad.”

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