The University of Windsor Lancers are making their associate head coach’s expertise in athletics available for a few weeks as he travels to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Brett Lumley has been named to join Team Canada’s Paralympic athletic coaching staff.
“I am extremely excited to be working with these athletes. They are the best in Canada. They are ready to show what they can do to the world and I am really proud and excited to help them do it,” said Lumley. .
This year, the Paralympic Games will take place from August 24 to September 5.
Canada is sending 128 athletes to the Games, which officially begin on August 24. The team will be assisted by a total of 113 coaches and support staff.
Lumley will train the ambulatory track, jumps and relay. He said he will work with athletes who are visually and physically impaired.
“Each athlete needs individual attention and each athlete is unique. It is important for me to understand that and to make sure that they get what they need to be the best they can be,” said Lumley said.
This is Lumley’s ninth assignment with the Athletics Canada National Team, most recently as an event coach with the Canadian Parapan Am Team in 2019.
“Each athlete is unique”
Lumley has worked with the Lancers for over 20 years. He said his time as a coach allowed him to develop his training methods for these games.
“I really grew as a coach and got to know different techniques and styles of training,” said Lumley.
One of the biggest pieces of advice he has given his athletes over the years is to have fun.
“They don’t have anything more to do because what they’ve been doing over the last few years of training has prepared them for this moment and to live and enjoy the moment,” said Lumley. “If they do, they will give the best of themselves.”
The team will meet in Gifu, Japan on August 16 and train at the Nagaragawa Athletic Stadium until August 23 before traveling to Tokyo.