In this episode, Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, and Rosie Mayes delve into the ascent of the UK High Performance System, which saw its shift from 36th place in the 1996 Olympics to 2nd in the Rio Olympics 2016. The conversation revolves around the commonalities in high-performing systems and how such success can be perpetuated.
The trio start by exploring the key ingredients for a triumphant system. They compare attributes of the British system with those in different cultural and contextual settings to identify similarities. Jamie then poses a hypothetical scenario regarding the allocation of infinite resources, leading to a discourse on optimal areas for future investment. The panel ponders both the legacy they’d wish to witness in a successful sport system 100 years ahead, and what advancements from 1917 to now might have amazed those from the past.
4:00 What are the determining factors of a successful system?
6:11 What are the things from other performance environments you would find which are similar to the British system irrespective of context and culture?
9:00 Jamie plays devil’s advocate – if we had unlimited resources what would we do with that money?
18:12 Where might we want to see future investment for competitive advantage if we had unlimited resources?
19:05 If we travelled forward 100 years, what would we want to see long term residing in high performance sport system that is successful?
23:53 If we travelled back100 years, to 1917, what would have astounded our contemporaries?