Dutch athletics coach, Charles van Commenee, is a world leading expert on performance management. Serving as Head Coach of British Athletics from 2008 to 2012, he was the mastermind behind the most successful night in GB Olympic history.
Charles first became involved in coaching at the age of eighteen and began teaching children while studying for a degree in physical education. After completing his military service in 1981, he dedicated himself to coaching full time and, in 1987, was appointed as the coach for the Dutch javelin team.
Building upon his coaching success, he was promoted to technical director of combined events and throws by the Dutch athletics federation, in 1992.
Coaching Denise Lewis
In 1994, Charles van Commenee started working with British athlete Denise Lewis. Under Charles, Denise would go on to become champion at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 1998 before taking a silver medal at the 1999 World Championships. At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Denise took gold to become Olympic Champion. She put much of her success and ‘drive to win’ down to the fact that Charles had been so focused.
Following his continued success with many of Britain’s top athletes, Charles was, in 2004, considered for the position of UK Athletics head of performance. Ultimately however, Charles decided to leave the UK in favour of becoming Performance Director of the Netherlands Olympic Committee . In 2009, after another successful period in the Netherlands, where he lead the nation to their second-highest ever Olympic medal tally at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Charles van Commenee returned to the UK to take up the position of head coach.
What he offers
Charles van Commenee, who can bring the best out in people and inspire success, is the perfect choice of motivational speaker. During his presentation he offers delegates simple strategies and ideas to get the best out of their people in their own environment.
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