Following E-mail was sent out yesterday by National Executive Director (NED) Stuart Borrie and relates to the news announcement on BA National Coach:

Dear Members

On Monday, Badminton Australia will put out a media release to announce the
appointment of a new National Coach to start in December. As Robin at the
AGM, the decision to appoint a National Coach is the result of an ongoing
review of all aspects of the national High Performance Program which started
in July.

We are very fortunate to have Claus Poulsen joining us from Denmark in
December. Claus has coached some of Europe's top national teams / squads in
the Netherlands and Denmark and he is currently in a head coach position at
the national Team Denmark Centre in Aarhus. Claus was previously Assistant
Coach to the Dutch National Team for two and a half years leading up to and
during the Athens Olympic Games and following the Olympics returned to his
native Denmark to take up the position at the Danish National Centre in
Aarhus.



The National Coach is responsible for the technical, tactical, physical and
mental preparation and international success of Australia's elite badminton
players in the national squad(s). His immediate focus will be player
preparation for the Commonwealth Games and the Thomas & Uber Cup and Oceania
Championship in February. Claus will be working with the current team -
Strength & Conditioning Trainer, Luke Pryor, Rhonda Cator, Andrew Perks and
Murray Hocking will support the HP Program through assistant coaching and
the HP Program will continue to work with Dr Melissa Arkinstall from
Exercise Research Australia on the Sports Science side in the lead up to the
Commonwealth Games.



The strength and conditioning program and fitness testing protocols
currently being implemented at the National Senior Squads will be
incorporated at the Development Squad level - and Rhonda Cator, National
Junior Coach and Corinne Barnard, Junior Development Manager will roll out
the fitness testing protocols with the coaches and players at the National
Junior Camp in Ballarat in January. These fitness testing protocols and the
conditioning programs will be part of the coach and player development for
the pilot State/Regional Squads Corinne Barnard discussed at the AGM
presentation day on 23 October.



I will copy you in on the media release Monday.



Regards



Stuart Borrie

National Executive Director

Badminton Australia

Web: www.badminton.org.au