CCK09: Spring in the Air … and air in my tyres

Last year I was delighted to be involved in CCK08. Without being too dramatic the course transformed my life!

At the time I was working from home thinking about how someone with a fascination for learning might develop in rural Australia. Bandwidth at Mongarlowe is not great but at least I have access to satellite connectivity. This blog was developed as part of the course. I have been posting to it ever since.

I saw this picture recently and thought it was a great summary of my feelings during CCK08

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What I discovered too is that there is an incredible group of people on other journeys in connectivism. Before, during and after CCK08 George Siemens and Stephen Downes have been my links to these journeys. I have a real sense of a CCK family and am looking forward to CCK09. This time I must get involved in Moodle!

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The added bonus is that the arrival of CCK09 coincides with Springtime in Australia. The Daily arrives just in time for breakfast.

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Photo Sources

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People sitting on a large log across a gully in the rainforest at Spring Bluff

Spring Flowers, Mongarlowe

That Shot!

Sometimes you are in the right place as a player and if you are fortunate as a spectator.

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This morning (Australia EST) I had the great good fortune to see live Roger Federer‘s shot (6-5 third set, 30-0) to take his US Open semi-final to match point. He described his shot in the immediate after game interview as his greatest shot ever. (See AFP story here with image, and an early example on YouTube.)

What was wonderful about the shot in real-time was that it looked possible. He created time to execute a shot practiced many times in training. I think it will become an iconic moment in tennis history and the slow motion replays of the stroke have some great spontaneous moments of recognition. Novak Djokovic, the crowd and Roger Federer have wonderful reactions.

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In one moment it brought back Johann Cruyff‘s drag of the ball and gave a great opportunity to celebrate virtuosity. This virtuosity redefines and transforms what we think a game is.

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These moments leave you happy that you were around and for coaches and athletes offer new possibilities.

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Judging Canoe Slalom 2009

This blog post brings together three earlier blog posts about judging gates in canoe slalom with the 2009 ICF rules.

Video 1

This is a brief video to support the training of officials for gate judging in canoe slalom. The video was filmed at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in July 2009 at the Selection Race for the World Championships. The gates used in the video comply with the ICF’s Canoe Slalom Competition Rules 2009 (see Sections 27-30 for information about Marking of the Gates (27), Negotiation (28), Penalties (29), and Signalling by the Judges (30)).

There is no audio commentary in the video to enable any user to create their own voice over. There is a water sound track. The video has an embed code. The video was compressed for this blog post (approximately 25 Mb). There is a 1Gb file available if required.

Key Points

  1. There are two sets of four gates.
  2. Gates 1-4 involve two of the new gate set ups. Gate 1 is a downstream gate where the paddler must pass to her or his right to negotiate the downstream gate correctly. Gate 4 is an upstream gate on the left side of the course. The video shows the gate line of both these gates.
  3. The sequence of Gates 14-17 has two ‘new’ gates and a split gate. Gate 14 is an upstream gate on the left side of the course. Gate 15 is a split gate and the paddler must negotiate it to her or his right of the top pole. Gate 17 is a downstream gate and the paddler must negotiate this to their left of the single pole hanging over the water.
  4. Examples of C1M, K1W and C2 paddlers negotiating the course are included in the video.

Note that the video illustrates the potential lines of recirculation for gate 1 if a paddler misses the pole to the left.

Video 1 is included here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia licence.

Video 2

This is a companion video for Video 1. The video was filmed at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in July 2009 at the Selection Race for the World Championships. The gates used in the video comply with the ICF’s Canoe Slalom Competition Rules 2009 (see Sections 27-30 for information about Marking of the Gates (27), Negotiation (28), Penalties (29), and Signalling by the Judges (30)).

The video is taken from a different perspective than the first video. The aim is to show the sequence of gates.

There is no audio commentary or sound track in the video to enable any user to create their own voice over. The video has an embed code. The video was compressed for this blog post at full quality (60 Mb).

Key Points

  1. There are two sets of four gates.
  2. Gates 1-4 involve two of the new gate set ups. Gate 1 is a downstream gate where the paddler must pass to her or his right to negotiate the downstream gate correctly. Gate 4 is an upstream gate on the left side of the course. The video shows the gate line of both these gates.
  3. The sequence of Gates 14-17 has two ‘new’ gates and a split gate. Gate 14 is an upstream gate on the left side of the course. Gate 15 is a split gate and the paddler must negotiate it to her or his right of the top pole. Gate 17 is a downstream gate and the paddler must negotiate this to their left of the single pole hanging over the water.
  4. One K1M is shown.

The paddler negotiated both parts of the course without penalty. An interesting point is that Gate 16 is moving before the paddler enters the gate line. From the perspective in the video a judge sitting above the gate cannot see the bottom of the pole. During the race there was a judge in line with Gate 16 on the left bank and a second judge above the gate on the bridge.

The video is included here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia licence.

Video 3

This is a short test of C1M judging.

The video was taken from the top bridge at the Penrith Whitewater Course, Australia. There are four gates in the video. The video is in an m4v format. It may need to play all the way through on some computers to give you the option of replaying it.

The first paddler (Bib 7) negotiates the first three gates all downstream correctly and is judged clear. There is a fourth gate an upstream gate on the river right of the course.

The video shows five more paddlers:

Bib 1

Bib 2

Bib 3

Bib 5

Bib 6

This document provides the penalties given during the event.

More information about the videos and how to download them can be found on the CSAus wiki page http://csaus.csp.wikispaces.net/Officiating in the Section titled Developing Resources for Officials.