Row coach now at Freo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

COULD an in­ter­na­tional row­ing coach be Fre­man­tle’s big­gest pick-up of the 2016 off-sea­son?

The Dock­ers have brought on board Tom Mor­ris, the for­mer Aus­tralian and Cana­dian na­tional row­ing coach, who has slipped into the new po­si­tion of coach­ing high per­for­mance man­ager.

Re­port­ing di­rectly to foot­ball op­er­a­tions man­ager Chris Bond, his aim will be to en­sure se­nior coach Ross Lyon, his as­sis­tants and de­vel­op­ment coaches are pass­ing on the right in­for­ma­tion to the play­ing group.

“We be­lieve that se­cur­ing a per­son of Tom’s cal­i­bre and ex­per­tise at elite level high per­for­mance coach­ing will play an im­por­tant role in achiev­ing that aim,” Bond said.

“Tom has worked with coaches and sports science staff at a na­tional level in Aus­tralia and Canada pre­par­ing ath­letes for Olympic com­pe­ti­tion.

“He will work closely with our coach­ing team to be high per­for­mance coaches in their in­di­vid­ual ar­eas.”

Mor­ris was a se­nior coach of the Cana­dian na­tional row­ing team that won sil­ver at the Rio Olympics and gold at the World Row­ing Cup in Switzer­land in May.

He has had stints with the Aus­tralian na­tional row­ing team, WA State row­ing team, Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport and WA In­sti­tute of Sport.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with the coach­ing team at Fre­man­tle and adding a pos­i­tive new di­men­sion to the pro­gram with the aim of fur­ther de­vel­op­ing stan­dards in the coach­ing group to en­sure both ath­letes and coaches are fully sup­ported in the pur­suit of peak per­for­mance,” he said.

Tom Mor­ris.

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