Coaching Association of Canada

#ThanksCoach David

Coach’s Name: David Kukuchi
Sport: Gymnastics
Location: Halifax, NS

Athlete’s Name: Ellie Black
Position/Team/Club/Sport: Athlete, Team Canada, ALTA Gymnastics Club
Location: Halifax, NS

What does your coach do that makes him/her a great coach?

David finds every athlete’s strengths and helps highlight those. But he also finds everyone’s weaknesses and helps us work on improving them to make them into strengths. He has an ability to work with a range of athletes and help us all individually, as well as bring us together as a team and support one another.

Write a memory/story about your coach.

In 2011, right before the Canada Games, I had an injury which required surgery. This was very tough for me as I was supposed to compete in the Games which were to be hosted in my home town of Halifax. 2011 was also an important year for me as the Olympics were coming up the following year. I was out of full training for around 6 months, but I was still in the gym everyday doing what I could. David stepped in to help me use the time to work on some of my weaknesses, such as my flexibility, and also helped develop a conditioning plan for me as I recovered. I remember him being a huge support to me and how he helped me push at that time to not give up and to get back, not only to the level of gymnastics I was previously at, but helped me improve and become a better athlete. He is a coach who is always pushing me to challenge myself, but he is there for me and supports me no matter what happens.

What lesson(s) has your coach instilled in you?

One of the biggest lessons David has instilled in me is to not get overwhelmed by events I cannot control. He always tells me to focus on the things I can control and adapt to the rest. Not to get overwhelmed about the other details but to focus on my job.

Pick 3 words that describe your coach. Explain why you chose each word.

Creative – David is very creative in our training plans. He always finds different ways to approach skills and routines and he comes up with fun exciting training plans.
Positive – Instead of focusing on mistakes, David always gets me to try and focus on the improvements. Having a positive outlook in the gym pushes us to be more positive which in turn helps our training.
Analytical – David has a clear well thought through plan and strategy for his athletes in training and competition.