The School of Shred with Tom Willmott

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Tom Willmott (@tomwillmott) is the head coach of the park and pipe program at Snow Sports New Zealand. Tom leads a team of coaches that looks after ~20 athletes from the very elite, including winter olympic gold medalists Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous, to 11 and 12 year olds in the national development programme.

Tom is a former snowboard competitor and national champion, has a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance, a Master’s degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Coaching.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Tom’s deep connection with the mountains;
  • The feeling of ‘flow’ and why Tom loves to chase it;
  • Month long summer holidays camping and traveling though Europe as a kid;
  • Coaching and studying all over the world;
  • The evolution of snowboarding;
  •  How to coach risk-taking;
  • Designing learning environment to optimise progression;
  • The School of Shred
  • Tom’s reflective practice; and
  • More.

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