Ellie Spain
ALTIS Director of Education

Talking about warm-up?!?

This week's blog-post, written by ALTIS sprints & jumps coach Dustin Imdieke, explores the true value of a mindfully designed and executed warm up. “Practice?!? We talking about practice.” Allen Iverson famously made this statement 22 times to a group of reporters following the Philadelphia 76’ers elimination from the 2002 NBA playoffs. As the MVP of the league, Iverson made...

Working at ALTIS

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for ALTIS? Well, the guesswork is over! This week’s blog-post by ALTIS Strength & Power Coach – Jason Hettler reveals a behind the scenes insight into his working environment on a daily basis. A recent visitor to one of our practices posed the following question to me: “What is your favorite...

The Minority Report

In the second of this season's blog-post installments, ALTIS Coach - Natasha Harvey explores some of the challenges faced by minority groups in the coaching profession, and suggests solutions to overcoming them. In a recent interview with ALTIS’ Digital Media Lead - Ian Warner, I was asked to shed light on what it’s like to be me. Not Natasha Harvey;...

Becoming a coach in the Twitter age

I often find myself wondering whether Twitter is a blessing or a curse as we develop and learn on our journey as coaches. It is a wonderful resource, and a great instrument for building networks – enabling us to forge links with others on an intercontinental basis. It allows us to learn in our own time, from a vast number...

The inside story – Kevin Tyler on his move to ALTIS

With the athletes returning to training in sunny Phoenix this week, we caught up with a new addition to the ALTIS coaching staff, Kevin Tyler, for an insight into his journey. With a reputation for creating innovative and effective programs for coach education, athlete development and youth development, the former Director of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Center (CACC) - and...

Lessons from the IAAF World Championships – Dustin Imdieke

Recently I had the privilege of traveling to Beijing for the IAAF World Championships. At these Championships, I represented ALTIS, and was on the coaching staff for Norway, as the personal coach to Isabelle Pedersen. Prior to Beijing, we held a ten day holding camp in Hong Kong. This was my first experience at a Major Championship, and I was...

Altis Athletes set for Beijing

With the start of the 15th IAAF World Championships just six days away, we are excited to announce the full list of Altis athletes set to line up in the iconic Birds Nest stadium in Beijing. The group of 17 athletes - representing a total of 13 nations - marks the largest ever group of Altis athletes competing at a...

The making of Altis

With the new Altis brand launched this week, we caught up with Peter Simmons (PS) and Ryan McNamara (RM) from our branding team, 5or6, to get an insight into our journey developing the new name and logo. Why the change? PS - The business has grown so much since its inception. The brand needed to reflect the growth of the company....

Record breaking weekend

The spotlight was on the North West this weekend, as the Phoenix-based trio of Christabel Nettey, Anaso Jobodwana, and Aries Merrit delivered in sparkling style at the IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon - coming away with no less than two National Records, and a full complement of podium finishes. With wind-legal leaps of 6.99m & 6.96m Christabel Nettey put...

A week at Altis

Traveling from his base at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Coach Chris Gallagher arrived at Altis for the first time in May 2015 to attend the Gill Apprentice Coach Program. Following his return home, Chris wrote to us about his experiences. It's been a while since we shared the inside view on what we do here from a visiting Coach's...
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