As mentioned in September and October, the Great Danes project is an initiative aiming to strengthen the male side of Danish swimming, by offering a selection of their best young male swimmers the opportunity to step-up on the international stage. Svoem.dk has interviewed Danish national coach Nick Juba, as this project launches this weekend, with a training camp in Greve, Denmark.
What will the main focus for this first gathering be?
This weekend will be about laying a foundation for the Great Danes programme. I will be explaining to Denmark’s top male, home-based swimmers exactly what we are trying to achieve over the next three years. I know that the Great Danes is an important initiative for Danish swimming and, if we are to raise the standard of Danish men’s swimming to the current world- high women’s levels, we need to get it just right!
How will you mentally strengthen the boys individually and as a group?
â€There will be plenty of talking from an experienced group of Danish coaches and Team Denmark sports psychologists, but also from out-of-swimming speakers. Currently these guys, in swimming-terms need to have, stronger egos and more self-belief in their own capabilities. One mentor that I will use will be Jakob Andkjaer, a Danish World and European medallist from recent times. The Great Danes need to know exactly what it takes to live with the world’s best swimmers.â€
Read more here on svoem.dk (the interview itself in English)