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4 septembre 2018

A relay world champion becomes Australia's new head coach

Australian Ice Racing (AIR) is happy to announce that a new coach has been appointed as National high performance coach in short track speed skating and it’s none other than Richard Nizielski.

Publication by Carl Savard
Photos by Australian Ice Racing and Oscar van den Bosch

It’s by press release that AIR and its President Frank Anderson shared the news during the weekend.

September 1st 2018

Australian Ice Racing President Frank Anderson used the occasion of the organisations’ Annual General Meeting to announce the appointment of their new national coach, Richard Nizielski.

Nizielski was a part of the historic World Champion 5000m relay team of 1991, and was the anchor for the Australian team in the 5000m relay in Lillehammer in 1994, winning Australia’s first ever Olympic medal (bronze).

Richard retired from skating after the 1998 Nagano Games and travelled a variety of paths after his skating life, including acting and becoming a Kung Fu Master. He later decided to undertake extensive study in the sports science field, and went on further completing his honours with first class distinctions.

In 2009, he led Project 10 for Australia, a project to put Australia’s first ever female relay team into he 2009/2010 World Cup season to qualify but the team narrowly missed their own qualification by less than a half a second.

Anderson said “Richard was not the natural or obvious choice when selecting a coach, however during the selection phase of speaking with other interested coaches, he came onto the radar in what can only be described as a lucky break for us. Like many countries, we have suffered a substantial loss in funding towards a dedicated short track program, and we had to work within a very tight budget to employ a coach. Richard, being very patriotic, came on board not for the money, but for the pride and drive to build success for Australia. He is a very smart guy with a lot of skating knowledge, and he has built an amazing reputation in the golfing world as a strength and condition coach, taking Korean golfers to the top of the international podium. We are hoping he can do the same with our short track program.

“We maintain a strong relationship with our program partner, the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, but for the first time in over 16-years, they have devolved the program back to Australian Ice Racing to be the absolute program controller. We feel this will allow for better governance to control and demand positive behaviours that lead to success within a team that will also support individual results. Richard will be the driver to change our team culture. That is the only KPI given to Richard for the 2018/2019 season? – Build a strong team culture. We expect that Year 2 will be the year to see results for Australia.”

Richard will start his official appointment from the 24th September and will head a development camp in Melbourne from the 30th September to the 4th October 2018, with the official AIR program commencing in Melbourne the following week.

AIR released this video to announce the news:

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