Keith Lyons @520507

Keith Lyons has written this week’s letter as a Google Doc. You can find it at this link.

It is Summer in Australia so he hopes you will excuse a letter rather than a postcard.

Author: Keith Lyons‏

I have had the good fortune to be involved in rugby union from the 1970s. After retiring from playing in Wales and in England, I coached student rugby in England. I have also coached lacrosse and canoe slalom. I was a national coach for canoe slalom in Wales from 1998 to 2002. I was fortunate to be at the start of the use of video in sport and in the 1980s developed an interest in the observation and analysis of sport. In the 1990s I was performance analyst for the Welsh Rugby Union. I started the Centre for Notational Analysis in Cardiff in 1992. This later became the Centre for Performance Analysis in 1997.

I moved to Australia in 2002 to be the founding coordinator of Performance Analysis at the Australian Institute of Sport. I moved to the University of Canberra in 2009 as the founding director of the Institute of Sport Studies. I have had a link with the University to the present. I am a Fellow in Teaching and Learning and an Adjunct Professor in Sport Studies.

Since 2013, I have been involved in a critical friend project with the Rugby Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Board. There are twenty-three high performance coaches in the project (11 rugby, 12 cricket). The aim of the project is to support each coach’s flourishing and wherever possible to connect coaches with shared interests.