We were fortunate to have Tommie Bennet as my son’s snowboarding coach for two years. We were part of a team geared towards national and international level riding.
As a parent, I am most thankful that Tommie provided a safe progression oriented development program during which he showed a keen ability to understand my son’s strengths and weaknesses. He would hold my son back when needed and push him just enough when he knew that the next level was close. My observation was that the focus was on safe clean riding, camaraderie and progression and while being at the top of the podium was not the defining goal, Tommie’s system seemed to put the boys on the podium more than not. Again this was the result of what this small team was doing every day.
I wish to thank Tommie for not only helping my son excel at snowboarding but his example to the young men was outstanding. A high bar was set and lived by the team with Tommie leading the way. My son learned habits that he continues to live by. He adopted early morning training in the gym and on the mountain, eating an amazingly clean and natural diet and was guided through mentoring for those inevitable teenage challenges that come with the age and working together over long hours. We are much better for having worked with Tommie Bennett. Tommie had such a positive influence on my son both personally and professionally. Having been ranked high in The Revolution tour, consistent USSA podiums and placing in the New Zealand national pipe competition were by-products of being mentored by Coach Bennet.
Christopher Mawn – Athlete Michael Mawn