It’s a long time since I last posted to my blog, unfortunately I have had a lot of marking and admin to complete recently. I did want to write a quick post though about the Miami Grand Prix last weekend. I watched this online despite it being quite late here in the UK and me coaching children both days. Whilst watching it I couldn’t help but think British judo is performing much better than before, I thought i’d have a look….
In the 2008-2012 Olympic cycle Great Britain won the following Grand Prix medals-
- Dusseldorf 2012 – Euan Burton (Silver)
- Amsterdam 2011 -Sophie Cox & Karina Bryant (Bronze)
- Quindao 2011 – Karina Bryant (Bronze)
- Baku 2012 – Gemma Howell (Bronze)
That is just one silver and four bronze over a four year period (this is only Grand slams!). Maybe I have missed a few? Anyway bring on 2012 (post London & 2013 (up until June) and already we have won –
- Dusseldorf 2012 – Gemma Gibbons (Gold)
- Quindao 2012 – Gemma Howell (Bronze)
- Miami 2013 – Tom Reed (Gold), Natalie Powell & Asley McKenzie (Bronze)
- Samsun 2013 – Sally Conway (Gold), Chris Sherrington & Natalie Powell (Bronze)
That’s three golds and five bronzes! So in less than half an Olympic cycle we have produced a better performance at Grand prix events than the entire previous Olympic cycle – not bad 🙂
Of course the real question is why? The truth is we don’t know. Of course we could speculate – less politics for the players to deal with, a more British set up, players felling okay about training where they want to train. It is early days and this is only looking at Grand prix results but what I would say, as we find a new performance team taking charge, is rather than try to change the course of what is already happening maybe we should put our effort into making it work even better. Try moving it “fast, higher, stronger” in the direction it is going rather than trying to change course entirely! Surely this would be more inline with the principles of seiryoku zenyō.