Helping athletes play the long game For the average person, life’s game plan seems relatively mapped out. Go to school, earn your education, get a job, build a career until you’re 65 and retire to watch your family do the same thing. But the life of an elite athlete couldn’t be further from this model. Everything … Continue reading Feature: Education – playing the long game
Changing Lanes. Using “Failure” Anthony Burke – Former international track and field athlete For the most part, I actually did alright in sport. I won titles, made friends, travelled the world and enjoyed many wonderful experiences. But a driven mind is often more programmed for a relentless quest to do better, rather than resting on … Continue reading Feature: Changing Lanes and using “Failure”
Olympic Gold Medalist shows us the human side of gold Tom Ransley is an Olympic Gold medalist. He was a member of the GB mens 8 crew that had a clear victory in Rio. This followed on from the bronze he won in the same event in 2012. I remember Ransley when he stood on … Continue reading Feature: The Human Side of Olympic Gold
The Pain of Letting Go: Life after the Olympics. There comes a time in the life of every athlete when the lights start to dim on even the most brilliant sporting career. The reward for commitment and effort no longer match the sacrifices made. Both athletic performances and the accolades they once inspired in others … Continue reading Feature: Why letting go can be so hard
Genetically Modified: The End of Women’s Sport? The Women’s Olympic 800m finalists are all victims of a historically clumsy system determining sex. Castor Semenya is not the first athlete to be put through humiliating “look and see” gender testing. In the 1970’s, barely 16 years old and competing in my first international race, I was visually … Continue reading Feature: The End of Women’s Sport?
Not Meeting Expectations at the Games You’re a medal favourite, but you leave empty handed. “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” When … Continue reading Feature: Medal Favourite but leaving empty handed?
Why Our Olympic Parents are Extraordinary You don’t have to be a diehard supporter of the Olympics to be moved by the story of Ellia Green and her mother Yolanta. Mum inspired sprinter Ellia to swap track and field for Rugby Sevens and the rest is history. Ellia is now an Olympic Champion!! Yolanta’s commitment … Continue reading Why Our Olympic Parents are Extraordinary
Our Athletes Carry the Nervous Energy of the Nation. Our need to be reassured as spectators makes it increasingly hard for our favourite athletes to perform. Swimmers train for years in the calm meditative tranquillity of water. Then they get to the Olympics and everything changes. Our want for validation as a country may interfere … Continue reading Feature: Athletes Carry the Nervous Energy of the Nation
Samir Ait Said: Faster Higher Stronger. Athletes will go to Breaking Point You are already a champion Samir Ait Said. You have become an Olympian through everything you already are. Gracious, courageous, determined and compassionate. These values led you towards the Olympic rings. They were always with you and will always be part of who … Continue reading Feature: Samir Ait Said – athletes will go to breaking point
Painful period for those who missed Rio selection With the Olympics about to start, there is very little written about the group of elite athletes out there who strove to be in Rio and didn’t make it. In most cases, these athletes trained with and beat the Olympians you will see, many times. They went … Continue reading Feature: Rio pain for those who missed out