Jonny McGovern

Jonny McGovern

Date of birth:
14 May 1986
Current Hometown:
Race class:
470 (Women)

Can you explain your role within the team?

Pathway coach for 470

How did you get involved with the team?

I was a sailor on the programme and those who can’t do teach.

How did you start coaching?

I started assisting for the 420 Youth Squad Coach, Neil Marsden when I was actively campaigning in my 470

Can you explain what a normal day coaching involves?

Long, wake up, usually some fitness, talk about your plan for the day, you go and do it, talk about what you did.

What are the differences, if any, involved in your approach to coaching the Youth squad to the Podium Potential squad? 

The further you go up the pathway the more sailor led it becomes, at youth level it is more about inspiring them to embrace the journey of winning gold medals.

You must work with very driven people 24/7 – what’s your approach?

Build a rapport, empower them to drive their own campaigns. Motivate them to get the best out of themselves.

If someone has underperformed what’s the best way to get him or her back on track?

Try and realign the goals, reinforce their strengths and not dwell on the failure/under performance.

If you weren’t a coach what else would you be?

I would be filthy rich

Best moment in your career so far?

Seeing someone go from a Junior boat to a World Champion and coaching them all the way through that.

What’s your greatest fear or phobia?

Really claustrophobic, I really do not like lifts.

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it?

I would like to be a formula 1 driver.

What’s your worst habit?

Not being serious enough it

Name 3 things that are always in your shopping trolley?

Crunchy nut bites, Africa Lynx spray, fajita pack

What was the last book you read? 

I have never got to an end of a book….

What’s your favourite boat to sail?


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