Programme | Lectures 2021



Programme 2021_Final
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In alphabetical order.

Christine Adams


Christine was a pole vaulter herself, 2x European Indoor Championships silver medalist with a PB of 4.66m. After some years of coaching at the Leverkusen pole vault center she is Germany’s national coach since 2017. 


As a personal coach, she led Torben Blech (5. 85m) and Bo Kanda Lita Baehre (5.81m) to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021.

Prof. Dr. Gert-Peter Brüggemann


Prof. Brüggemann one of the world's leading orthopaedics and sports biomechanist.  Until his retirement in 2017, he headed the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics at the German Sport University Cologne.


In 1988 he was responsible for the IAAF Scientific Research Project at the SEOUL Olympiad.  As a member of the IOC Medical Commission (Biomechanics and Physiology) Dr. Brüggemann supervised the IOC Scientific Projects from 1992 until 2002 in Athletics, Gymnastics and Ski jumping. 1997 he led the Biomechanics Research Project at the Athens Athletics World Championships.


Later in his academic career he focused on questions of stress tolerance and adaptation of biological structures to mechanical loading and the impact of technical aids to tissue loading and performance.


Finally, he founded the True Motion running shoe company in 2018.

Herbert Czingon


Started coaching still as an athlete at the age of 16, becoming full-time at the age of 26 in 1978. Working for German federation DLV in different positions including national coach PV, Jumps Head Coach, Head of Coach Education, Head Coach Field events until Oct 2012. Developed many world class male and female athletes, including Günther Lohre, Nicole Rieger-Humbert, Yvonne Buschbaum, Caroline Hingst, Christine Adams (all GER). From Nov 2012 until Sep 2020 Pole Vault Head Coach in Switzerland, working with Angelica Moser and Dominik Alberto (SUI).

Frank Dick


Frank is the President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, former Member of the World Athletics Coaches Commission, as well as Chair (and architect) of the Global Athletics Coaches Academy.

From 1979 to 1994 he was the British Athletics Federation's Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as and remains one of the outstanding sports coaches and coach mentors in the world.

He was High Performance Director at SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) where he was the consultant to South Africa's top coaches and athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.


In 2016 Frank was invited to undertake a challenging position in the UK as strategic planning consultant the England Rugby Leadership Team in preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan.

Helena and Greg Duplantis


Helena is a former heptathlete, born and raised in Sweden. Graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Dietetics and lettered In Track and Field and Volleyball.

Strength and Conditioning coach for World Record Holder and Olympic Gold Medalist Tokyo2020- Armand Duplantis



Greg is a practicing oil and gas attorney, former world-class pole vaulter, and accomplished pole vaulting coach. He has coached several NCAA All-American pole vaulters, including two-time NCAA champion, Lisa Gunnarsson, as well as World Record Holder, Olympic Champion, Mondo Duplantis. Mondo, of course, is his son. Greg and his wife, Helena, have shared coaching responsibilities for the Olympic Champion since he began pole vaulting at a young age. Greg has also been a staff coach and frequent lecturer at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, since the inception of the event.

Dr. Wolfgang Killing


Wolfgang was a national team athlete and Olympian Montreal 1976. From 1987-2006 he was national coach for High jump, including the position as team leader jumps. From 2006-2018 he served as Head of DLV-Trainer-School/-Academy Mainz.



Wolfgang is a highly recognized athletics instructor all over the world. Eight frame training plans for German Athletics and several scientific analyses, reports and books make him one of the leading experts in our sports. 

Tamas Kiss


Tamas has been coaching for almost 40 years and it is still his passion. After many successful years as national triple jump coach, he has taken over the German female high jumpers. As personal coach of Germany's 2.00 m jumper Marie Laurence Jungfleisch, he has led her into the world class.  

Dr. Falk Schade


Falk was a decathlete himself and coach to several national level decathletes as well as conditioning coach of the German femal soccer team (2013-2017). For over 20 years now he serves as a biomechanist at the Olympic Training and Support Center. Falk is the architect of the fast information measuring station in Leverkusen and a worldwide leading expert in biomechanics of pole vault. 

Scott Simpson


Scott is a former international pole vaulter with a personal best of 5.42m.  He started coaching in 2001. He worked with British Athletics in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics. He then took a professional role as the Head Coach for Athletics in Wales for 6 years.  Since 2018  Scott has worked full time as a professional coach with British Athletics and guided Holly Bradshaw to her Olympic Bronze and National Record of 4.90m. He is also the coach to Harry Coppell (5.85m), Molly Caudery (4.53m) and Sophie Cook (4.50m).  Scott has been part of TeamGB at the last 2 Olympic Games and has coached at 3 Olympics and 4 World Championships

Marco Tamberi


Marco was a high jumper himself with a PB of 2.28m in 1983. He represented Italy in the Olympic Games Moscow 1980.


He is the personal coach of his son Gianmarco and architect of his success. A long career was interrupted by a very serious injury in 2016. But both have found their way back, culminating in Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2021.

Hans-Jörg Thomaskamp


Hans-Jörg is a very successful high jump coach for over 20 years now. Besides others he coached 2.30 m high jumper Roman Fricke and European champion Mateusz Przybylko (2.35 m) to international success. He shaped Daniela Rath into a 2.00 m female high jumper and Alyn Camara a 8.29m long jumper.



He now is the responsible national coach for high jump men and also head coach TSV Bayer Leverkusen.  

Dr. Christian Zepp


Christian studied sport sciences at the German Sport University Cologne. After working as the national team coach for Standing Volleyball in Cambodia and working with Formula 1 as well as Rallye race car drivers he came back to the German Sport University Cologne to earn his doctoral degree in the field of sport psychology. Today he is working as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University and coaches and counsels national and international athletes, teams, coaches and federations as a sport psychology professional.