I’ve often wondered whether all top athletes in rowing are just hard-assed bastards or if there’s something very special about their brain make-up that which enables them to succeed in top sport.
Today my questions were answered.
I read a presentation from the FISA Coaches Conference by Annaelen Colletz from the German Rowing Federation in which she assessed athetes and also coach psychological profiles.
Take a read of two of her slides.
- The first one showing four personality types and their varying attributes (commitment, discipline, social skills, co-operation, dominance and stability).
- The second shows where the strengths and weaknesses of each type is across the attributes.
We all know that a “mad single sculler type” won’t be good in a crew boat – and that a team captain sometimes isn’t the best athlete and I think these graphs really bear that out. If you are an individualist with low social skills, why would you want to hang out in a group? And the ‘unstable type’ is very high in discipline – so although they have a wobbly personality they are demons for training and never miss a session.
What do you think? Recognise anyone with these traits?
Four personality types for elite rowers
Strengths and weaknesses of elite rower personalities