Adam Kable inspires Thai and South East Asia swimming coaches
1 May 2014
As part of its continuing commitment to growing sports linkages with Thailand, the Australian Embassy, Bangkok joined with Department of Physical Education within the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Kingdom of Thailand, Ruamrudee International School and the Thailand Swimming Association to support the 2014 Swimming Sport Science South East Asia Conference, in Bangkok from 26 to 27 April.
Adam Kable, High Performance Squad Coach from the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) Swim Club, was the keynote speaker at the conference. Over 100 swim coaches from across Thailand and South East Asia attended.
A qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as a practicing Sports Physiotherapist, Kable assisted Brant Best, SOPAC Head Coach, to coach James Magnussen to achieve his 2011 and 2013 World Championship titles and London Olympic medals.
“Coaches in Thailand and South East Asia have limited training opportunities. With his unique combination of skills, we were delighted Adam accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the conference”, said Ms Chatchadaporn Pitaksathienkul, an officer of Research and Development Section, and the Bureau of Sport Science, Department of Physical Education.
Mr Sathit Hongtong, a Thai swim coach who has trained in Australia with support from the Australia-Thailand Institute said, “Adam’s participation in the conference reflects Australia’s leading role in combining science and swimming”.
“The Australian Embassy, Bangkok is proud to have supported this conference. Adam Kable’s participation is another example of the friendly and close links between Australia and Thailand. I hope the knowledge shared and connections made will enable swimming communities in the region to develop ongoing professional dialogue”, Ms Sarah Roberts, acting Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, said as part of her speech at the opening of the Conference.
Mr Jonathan Kenna, Chargé d'affaires, Australian Embassy, Bangkok hosted a reception to support links between Australia and the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Thai Ministry of Public Health, Thailand’s Swimming Association, and sports science professionals.
From left: Mr Sathit Hongtong, Head Swim Coach of Ruamrudee International School; Mr Sakchai Suriyawong, Director of Swim of the Thailand Swimming Association; Ms Chatchadaporn Pitaksathienkul, Research and Development Section, Bureau of Sport Science, Department of Physical Education, Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Mr Kevin Leinbach, Aquatics Director, Ruamrudee International School, Ms Jennifer Allen, First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Bangkok; Dr Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, Director-General of Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health; Mr Jonathan Kenna, Chargé d'affaires, Australian Embassy, Bangkok; Mr Adam Kable; Mr Dylan Wyatt; Mr Thanavit Thosakul, Secretary-General, Thailand Swimming Association; Dr Kanda Chaipinyo, Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Srinakharinwirot University; Ms Kritsana Thanpisitsakon, Swim Coach, Ruamrudee International School; Dr Panuwat Panket, M.D. Bureau of Non-Communicable Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.
Mr Adam Kable, High Performance Squad Coach from the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) Swim Club at the 2014 Swimming Sport Science South East Asia Conference