BWLA Olympic Weightlifting Coaches Course

I’m looking forward this weekend to attending the British Weight Lifting Association Assistant Club Coaches Olympic weightlifting course, which is being hosted by Crossfit Manchester.

Whilst I’m not sure I have any specific ambitions to become an Olympic weightlifting coach, it’s certainly a skill that’s worth having, and as the course is happening on my doorstep it’d be pretty stupid not to take advantage of it. It should be a good couple of days. I’m hoping that learning to teach the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, will also have a knock on affect on my own performance and ability to coach myself, as and when I find myself lifting on my own

It’s also possibly going to be an opportunity to use my new Pulse LiveScribe smart pen. I mentioned these marvellous devices a month or so ago and finally got round to buying one. It’s fair to say that everyone I’ve shown it to so far has been suitably impressed and can immediately see its appeal and a myriad of uses. I predict that in 10 years time, every student will have one, maybe even every salesman and every manager. I can honestly see a market that stretches to 100M+ in size. It truly is that revolutionary. I’ll let you know how I get on with it.

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  • Ian Sturrock 4 July 2010, 1:04 am

    Dammit, I do rather wish you or Mark had publicised that course in advance — I’d have liked to get on that myself. 🙁 Hope you enjoy, anyway!

  • Ian Sturrock 4 July 2010, 11:26 am

    Oh, and on the pen front — I saw that you auto-upload the pages onto your PC when you dock the pen — can it also auto-convert them into standard word processing documents, so you can write documents with the pen and then edit them on your PC, or write notes with the pen and then turn them into finished docs on the PC, without having to retype everything?

  • Colin McNulty 5 July 2010, 5:40 am

    Ah sorry Ian. I have no idea why Mark didn’t publicise the course. It wasn’t even written up on the white board in the gym!?! He didn’t tell me about it either. I only noticed it because it was mentioned in the BWLA printed newsletter.

    The LiveScribe pen allows for downloadable apps. One of which is an OCR app, so yes I believe it can do what you say, though I haven’t tried it yet. Partly because my hand writing is so scrawly, I don’t expect it to work too well.

  • Karen Worrall 5 July 2010, 9:31 am

    What Ian said. Bummer. Especially with it being so close for us plus it would’ve been great to see you.

  • Ian Sturrock 5 July 2010, 10:16 am

    Ah, OK — it’s suddenly a lot less appealing (the pen, that is!). I was hoping that the combination of pen & paper would sort that stuff automatically, without needing an OCR app.

  • Colin McNulty 5 July 2010, 12:16 pm

    Ah, sorry Karen. Like I said, I don’t know why, it wasn’t even on the white board.

    Ian, take a look at this “pen cast”, which shows just a page I was messing around with at work showing some of the guys there:

    http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=wLKSm1Jwskzj

    You can see it records the audio along with what was being written at the time. The single words above was when I was demoing the translation app: you write the word, it does OCR on the fly, works out what the word is, then the pen plays out the translation, in the language of your choice!

  • Ian Sturrock 5 July 2010, 9:57 pm

    Yeah, I am not so bothered about the translation app — I love the idea of a 3-day battery life for creative writing stuff, but ideally I would want to be able to transform the pages into an .rtf file without any hassles. If it can OCR on the fly and turn my notes into something Open Office can read, I am pretty much sold, because pen + pads = much more portable than a laptop, as well as having better battery life…

  • daniel agudelo 4 February 2011, 7:11 pm

    i done the bwla course in winchester prison in 2006 and i was deported back to my country in 2010 and i never receive my certificate ..please help me because i have no job and that can help me to get a job my phone number is 00573168106918 my families adrees in london is 40 barrett house benedict road sw9 3un…. please phone mee as is an emergency the goverment here does not help anyone and shortly ill be holmeless……
    my instructor was officer hitman from winchester prison

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