Sheffield Steelers’ determination to become a more professional outfit was underlined today with the appointment of Danny Mawer as their first full-time strength and conditioning coach.
Steelers have had support in the past in this area, but now they will have an expert at their disposal whenever required. It shows owner Tony Smith is prepared to increase his budget to make Steelers a more prepared outfit.
But it also shines a light on the disparity with other teams in the Elite League, many of whom could not compete with such shows of financial muscle.
Coach Paul Thompson said: “Bringing in a full-time strength and conditioning coach was my top priority when taking this job. It was a condition of me doing so, in fact. Danny has the qualifications and a hockey background to understand the dynamics of the sport.”
Mawer, 24, has a undergraduate degree in Sport Science for Performance Coaching and is completing his Masters degree at Hallam University.
“My job will be to give our players that edge and the advantage to perform at the highest level” explained Mawer. “I will be working with like-minded sports scientists to achieve best possible results. Having worked with expert people over the past two years in Sweden and Denmark, Paul knows what he wants. I’m excited to work alongside him and Darrell Hay to ensure that our guys are the strongest, fastest and best prepared players in the league.”
He added: “I will also be implementing a full recovery programme following training and post-games.
“I’ve played hockey before and have worked closely with Pete Russell and the GB under 20’s programme. I’d like to think I have a deep understanding of the special requirements that hockey players have,” added Mawer.