Paul Thompson, Head Coach and GM of the Steelers said of the appointment, “Bringing in a full-time strength and conditioning coach was my top priority when taking this job. It was a condition of me doing so in fact.
“Danny has the qualifications for the job and furthermore he has a hockey background to understand the dynamics of the sport. We have added another young, hungry coach to work alongside Darrell and I every day to ensure the players have the support and knowledge to help them achieve their own and the teams goals.”
Mawer, 24, has a undergraduate degree in Sport Science for Performance Coaching and is presently completing his Masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
“My job will be to use all of the tools at our disposal to give our players that edge and the advantage to perform at the very highest level they can,” explained Mawer. “I will be working with like-minded sports scientists at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, including experts in Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition and Biomechanics to achieve the best possible results.
“Having worked with expert people similar to myself over the past two years in Sweden and Denmark, Paul has a plan and knows what he wants. I’m excited to work alongside him and Darrell on a daily basis to ensure that our guys are the strongest, fastest and best prepared players in the league. I will also be implementing a full recovery programme following training and post-games.
“I’ve played hockey before and have worked closely with Pete Russell and the GB under 20’s programme. I’d like to think I have a deep understanding of the special requirements that hockey players have,” continued Mawer.
“I will work with the group as a whole as well as individually with players. Every player is different and each has unique needs and requirements. Everything we do will be scientifically underpinned and monitored. I can’t wait to get started.”