Expert advice for aspiring wheelchair racers from Louise Sauvage

Posted on February 15, 2021 by

Coach of wheelchair track & road athletes at the NSW Institute of Sport, Louise Sauvage, is one of Australia’s most well-known Paralympians.

A prolific career on the track and road has continued into a successful time as a coach, with Sauvage currently working with NSWIS athlete Madi de Rozario.

For Sauvage, there is one key piece of advice that sticks out.

“To be a good wheelchair track and road racer technique is one of the most important aspects to get right.

“The right set up/position in the race chair for you is also fundamental. Finding that right position can be time consuming but well-worth it.

Sauvage, who is on the NSWIS Most Outstanding list for her extensive achievements as an athlete, knows coaching is at the heart of becoming an elite athlete.

“Working with a coach will help an athlete work on both technique and chair position.

“Training consistently and having good feedback will slowly make all the difference to reaching your goals.

“Hard work pays off. I love to see my athletes achieve their goals after doing the work, the rewards for a coach are the ultimate.

 

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