Mibar Submit a new text post. Alright, so this is a long shot but does anyone know where if it all I can get a copy of this manual? Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Want to add to the discussion? I have had some things going on in the past two years and while my list of many priority items is finally shrinking getting in touch with Gerrard and speaking with him face to face will not be a small task.

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Gerard grew up exposed to both languages, and was encouraged to embrace all traditions. Because of their dual identity, the Mach family suffered at the hands of the Germans when Danzig was captured in the first days of World War II, and again later at the hands of the Russians when the city was re-captured in During that time, Gerard managed to survive intense bombings of the city by both sides, but he lost many family members.

When he was just nine, Gerard began playing soccer with a local club in Danzig. By the end of the war, Gerard was at an elite level player attached to a professional soccer league with multi-sport club called Lechia Gdansk.

By he was the provincial champion in the m, m and m. In , he left soccer for a career in track and field, and went on to win the first of his eleven national titles in the m. During this competitive period he moved from Danzig now re-named Gdansk and incorporated into Poland to Warsaw where he combined his role as athlete with a growing role in coaching.

Gerard specialized in sprints, hurdles and relays with the Legia athletic club, and by , a mere 18 months after arriving in Warsaw, Legia was the top-ranked Club in Poland. A national champion in the m, Gerard went on to become the National Coach in that event. He was just One hundred metre sprinters should not have a work-out for an m.

Eventually, Polish authorities refused to allow him to leave. Following that meeting, a series of clinics were scheduled across Canada; they were to begin in early and would last for a period of three months.

The profound impact that these clinics had on sprint and hurdle coaches prompted the Canadian Track and Field Association to offer Gerard a head coaching position in sprints, hurdles and relays. Polish authorities granted Gerard permission to relocate until the end of the Montreal Games. It was a marvelous team. At the Olympics in Munich, not a single Canadian made the finals in any sprint, hurdle or relay events.

Just three years later at the Pan American Games, however, Canadian improvement was deemed significant, particularly in the relay events. At the Montreal Olympic Games all four Canadian relay teams advanced to the finals with two teams just barely missing the medals. To this day, the times recorded remain among thevery best ever posted by Canadian teams.

And this was just the beginning. Coaches who were trained and mentored by Gerard Mach found new and inventive ways to develop athletes.

His family was eventually permitted to join him in Canada, albeit only in stages. Gerard remained a tireless worker, fully responsible for the sprint, hurdle and relay programs, while simultaneously crossing the country and the world in a never-ending attempt to promote track and field. Expectations were high for Canadian track and field athletes at the Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

Individuals who were central to the doping scandal were quick to affirm that they had deliberately hidden their illegal regimes from Gerard,nevertheless, his well-earned and well-deserved reputation was tarnished, and never fully recovered.

Oftentimes, the people we know and admire in this life are far too easily forgotten in death. Gerard, however, will never be. He was a pillar of a man known and loved by many.

He was, additionally, an influence to abounding individuals the world over. Gerard Mach will not be forgotten. Ken Porter, Ottawa.


Hamstring Pulls: Gerard Mach Revisited

No copyright infringement intended. Injuries and Injury Prevention in Sprinting and Hurdle Events Written by Gerard Mach The most common and typical injuries in the sprinting events are hamstring pulls, shin splints and Achilles tendon problems. All injuries are basically the result of too intensive training programs or through training programs executed on too hard surfaces for too long a period of time. The first symptom of tiredness by a sprinter will be a slight soreness of the hamstring muscle and the calf muscle.


Sprint Drills: Gerard Mach Revisited

I spent 9 years with the same coach, Dennis Barrett of McGill University, and it was time to get a real high paying job and move on with my life. So by the age of 34, after 4 years off, I ran Every attempt to contact Mr. Mach or his family have been futile to have it re-issued.

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