Dani Samuels – Discus World Champion


I was so excited I excited when I found out that Dani won, I jumped up and cheered. I was in the middle of volleyball practice and everyone thought I was nuts until I explained my happiness. I got to watch a strength training session with her and her coach Denis Knowles and his son who designs her strength training program in 2007. What an impressive athlete, with great coaching! Denis has a long term plan which is certainly coming to fruition. She did not begin heavy traditional weight training to any extent until 2008, instead building a good foundation of “functional strength.” At that time she took gymnastics two days week including trampoline, in addition she was a national class basketball player, in short a real athlete. You take those qualities, couple that with great coaching and the support structure at New South Wales Academy of sport and you have a world champion. I think her best is still ahead. I first met her coach Denis Knowles in 1996, during my first trip to Australia. He is a tireless learner and a real gentlemen, always willing to share ideas. It is great to see someone like Denis produce a champion at the highest level. Coaching does matter.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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