We continue to feature those who work behind the scenes… quietly and steadily… taking care of training needs of our athletes.
In this instalment, we resume our focus on the coaching team…
Christian Stauffer, President & Head Coach
In his 5 years as a volunteer with PCFS, Christian’s had to don many hats, performing myriad tasks for the group.
As the Head Coach, not only does he have to oversee the training programme, he also deals with the recruitment of athletes and coaches. Plus, together with the coaching team, the uneviable task of settling issues of discipline.
At our thrice weekly training sessions, it is not uncommon to spot Christian counselling athletes on training and other matters.
“I like witnessing tthe transformation we’ve made bringing about progress , and want to see how far that can go.”
Mark Kelly, Coach
Mark came on board in June of last year when he responded to our appeal for pilots for our vision impaired cyclists.
That first meeting was both intimidating and excithng for the cyclists. We’d heard that he is a three-time Commonwealth Games athlete(1998, 2002, 2006).
With his invaluable experience as a competitive cyclist, he was instrumental in getting our cyclists prepared for the 2017 Aseean Para Games. In particular, the track cycling events.
As a coach, Mark works with the coaching team on the training programme, and is often seen talking to the athletes about proper diet and nutrition.
“I enjoy sharing my cycling experiences, and helping athletes to achieve their potential.”
Devi Chandra, Coach
Devi’s involvement with the group began more than 10 years ago when it was the Handcycling Association of Singapore. She’d seen handcyclists training at the running track, which peaked her interest. It wasn’t long before she was joining them in their twice-weekly training sessions as a volunteer.
In June 2017, Devi was appointed a coach for the junior team, taking on the challenging task of managing the training needs of our junior athletes.
“I am just happy to see our junior athletes having fun and enjoying the training sessions every Saturday…. with time and commitment, I have seen them improve. I believe they will continue to soar to greater heights… It’s a joy to be part of the PCFS family.”
Thank you for believing in us, Coaches!