BABELLA BALÁZS

Personal Details:

Education:
University of Pecs –Faculty of Sciences Major: sports teacher/trainer (2001-2007)

Awards:

The best sportsman of the year of Pest county 1st place (1995)

The best team of the year – “Nemzeti Sport” National Sport Magazine (2005)

The best sportsman of the year of Baranya county 2nd place (2005, 2006, 2007)

DIPLOMA HONORIS CAUSA: Budapest’s distinguished sportsman & trainer award(2007)

Singapore Sports Award – Coach of the Year 2014

Athlete Milestones:

K4 200m World Champion (2005, 2007)

K4 200m European Champion (2004, 2005)

K4 200m World Cup Winner (2007)

Coaching Milestones:

(Hungary)

2007 Marathon World Championships (Junior) – 2 Bronze

2008 Junior European Championships (K4 500m) – 1 Gold

(Singapore)

2008 SEA Canoe Championships – 9 Gold, 6 Silver, 20 Bronze (before event reductions)

2009 Asian Canoe Championships 1 bronze(Junior), 6 Top 6 finish

2010 SEA Canoe Championships – 4 Gold, 6 Silver, 2 Bronze

2010 Asian Games – 2 top 6 finish

2011 SEA Canoe Championships – 6 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

2011 Asian Canoe Championships – 2 Top 5 finish

2011 World Championships – 1 Top 7 finish (para-canoe)

2011 Asian Canoe Marathon Championships – 7 Gold, 7 Sliver, 2 Bronze

2011 SEA Games – 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze

2013 SEA Games – 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

2014 SEA Canoe Championship – 9 Gold, 4 Sliver, 2 Bronze

2015 SEA Games – 7 Gold, 5 Sliver

2015 Asian Canoe Championships – 2 Bronze

 

I started kayaking when I was 9 years old. My father was my first coach and he has trained many Olympic and World champions in his career. As a child I was extremely proud of him and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. At 16, I started to observe him more carefully and at that instance I realized that I wanted to be a coach after my sporting career.

I started coaching in 2007 while I was still an athlete and I really enjoyed being an athlete-coach. When I didn’t qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, I decided to focus on my coaching career instead. As a coach, I utilize training programs and plans of my four distinguished trainers. They are:

Laszlo Babella (1987-1988, 1991-1999, 2007-2008)
Laszlo Latorovszki (1988-1991) (Currently coaching the Canadian National Team)
Nandor Sari (1999-2003) (Currently coaching the Hungarian National Team)
Miklos Sera (2003-2007) (He was coaching the Hungarian National Team)

When designing training programmes and plans, I also incorporate my own ideas and experiences that have been acquired through my many years of racing.

In November 2008, the Singapore National Team offered me a job and I chose to accept the “challenge”. I have been the Singapore National Team Coach since then and all the results achieved show that I have made a good decision. I know that this team has a lot of potential and we can aim for even better results. This is what I believe and it is why I am still here to help this team achieve what it deserves.

SEA Games, Asian Games, Olympic Games…

HERE WE COME!!!