Life In Shanghai – the World Athletic Center on the Road

Pfaff in China
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Peter Simmons

ALTIS Brand Lead & MD of 5or6 Design & Branding

The World Athletics Center’s reach is global, and there is no better evidence for this than the current month-long journey to Shanghai to help their partners at the Shanghai Sports Institute prepare for the Chinese National Games.

The importance of the Chinese National Games within the nation of China cannot be overstated. Indeed, many athletes abstained from the World Championships earlier this month in order to prepare for the National Games. With such importance placed on this competition, the World Athletics Center’s founder John Godina and the lead jumps coach and Director of Education Dan Pfaff arrived directly from the World Championships in Moscow to begin the final push to the Games.

“You can see the growth of the athletes over the months and particularly in the last few weeks with personal bests in training for most of the WAC athletes” – Coach Pfaff

The energy at the Shanghai training center has been uplifting as WAC coached-athletes begin a push towards a performance peak just under two weeks from now. Coach Pfaff has spent the mornings in training and intensive therapy sessions and sees improvement as the workload of training has dropped off in preparation for the Games. “You can see the growth of the athletes over the months and particularly in the last few weeks with personal bests in training for most of the WAC athletes,” Said Coach Pfaff.

With all of the flurry of the Games preparation, sometimes it is easy to forget that the World Athletics Center’s time in Shanghai is not solely spent with athletes. Much has gone into planning for the future of the young athletes with the administration in Shanghai. After over a year of working with Shanghai and exploring how to best bridge the cultural divide for optimising the performance of the athletes, the WAC staff is working diligently to develop a 3 year plan for integration of methodologies. Meetings with Shanghai’s Director Yan have shown the aggressive will to progress over time and create a comprehensive system of athlete and coach development.

Said Godina, “Our partnership with Shanghai is one of the center-pieces of the World Athletics Center’s project palate. We have enjoyed the cross-cultural exchange of ideas, and the scope of the project has challenged the World Athletics Center to rethink large-scale training systems development in new and creative ways. We certainly look forward to reapplying these fresh concepts to our other Federation partners in the near future, but for now the National Games await!”

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