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Summary of 2018 Supporting Champions Conference

Summary of 2018 Supporting Champions Conference

On 20 and 21 March 2018, ~180 delegates, partners and speakers gathered at the Emirates Stadium, London for the second Supporting Champions Conference. Which, once again, had an unadulterated focus on finding a better way to create remarkable performance and the speakers and delegate discussions did exactly that. In amongst the speakers, we heard from delegates who had…

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Mindfulness 3 minute breathing exercise

Dr Emilie Thienot, Performance Psychologist takes you through a guided breathing exercise to develop your mindfulness. Get comfortable, sit in a chair with both feet grounded on the floor. You can close your eyes if you like but you don’t have to. Use the recording regularly to develop your focus and sense of mindfulness. Prolong the breathing for…

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Personal Progressive Overload

Personal Progressive Overload

“Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Pick up a dumbbell, lift the weight up, repeat until muscle tires, take a rest for a minute, then repeat a handful of times. Wait a few days, pick up the dumbbell again, and repeat the above process, trying to squeeze out a…

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3 ways to check your satisfaction

3 ways to check your satisfaction

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. – Salvador Dali Many people have acted as mentors, coaches or trusted advisor throughout my career. I wouldn’t have been inspired to learn – if it wasn’t for Colin Clegg I wouldn’t have been inspired to follow my dream – if it…

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The Angel and Devil of Opportunity: Reflections on a bobsleigh run

The Angel and Devil of Opportunity: Reflections on a bobsleigh run

This extract is taken from Chapter 2 of How to Support a Champion, with some further reflections below… Toni Minichiello is the coach with whom I have had the longest working relationship. It stretches back to 2001 and is still ongoing. Our paths first crossed when his wife, Nicola, a talented heptathlete at the time, trialled and made…

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Using our intelligences through the prism of effectiveness

The tale goes that at a dinner with Wordsworth, the poet Keats, toasted “confusion to the memory of Newton…because he destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by reducing it to a prism”. Three years later Keats confirmed his disdain by writing; “Do not all charms fly At the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful Rainbow…

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Can we be competitive and collaborative?

Can we be competitive and collaborative?

Do you ever get that feeling, when you’ve got a win, a breakthrough or a reward – you just want to go and tell someone? I had it just the other day, when I hopped onto a train just as the doors were closing, then immediately went to text home! It’s an obvious response, isn’t it, you want…

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Make progress with two essential perspectives

Make progress with two essential perspectives

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” Pablo Picasso We all know that new year’s resolutions aren’t particulary effective that the end of the year feels like a good time to look back,…

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CORE skills ain't SOFT

CORE skills ain’t SOFT

In 1958, as NASA began it’s search for aerospace pilots, the job description listed the need for the following characteristics; · Male (how 1950s?) · Approx 5’11” /180cm · Aged between twenty-five and forty · A science degree · High intelligence · High mathematical ability · Experience as a jet test pilot. There were just six technical requirements….

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The sweet spot: Where Science, Purpose and Art converge

The sweet spot: Where Science, Purpose and Art converge

Legend has it, the charismatically, inspiring Baroness Sue Campbell visited Michael Schumacher’s pit in the mid 1990s and saw the chief engineer do two things. First, be extremely picky about how clean the floor was and second obsess about the data they were receiving live from the race. The first shared his meticulous grip on accountability – we…

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