Supporting Champions

Steve Ingham

Steve Ingham, performance scientist, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

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After 100 episodes over 4 years, I take a chance to reflect on the lessons learned from hosting the Supporting Champions podcast and speaking with some of the world's best performers, coaches, support staff, mainly from sport but also from a range of other performance fields too. I'm joined by my close colleague, friend and initial podcast guest Dr Jamie Pringle to help me reflect.   Episodes mentioned in the podcast Miss Val Kondos Field https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/029-miss-val-on-coaching-a-positive-culture-in-gymnastics/ Mark Webber https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/071-mark-webber-on-racing-in-formula-one/ Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/093-redgrave-and-pinsent-on-their-olympic-partnership/ Katelyn Ohashi https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/030-katelyn-ohashi-on-finding-joy-in-gymnastics/ Mel Marshall https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/067-mel-marshall-on-evolving-coaching/ Alistair Brownlee https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/alistair-brownlee-on-a-sub-7-hour-ironman-triathlon/ Dame Jessica Ennis Hill https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/042-jessica-ennis-hill-on-becoming-world-and-olympic-champion/ Kelly Sotherton https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/014-kelly-sotherton-on-receiving-her-4x400m-medal-ten-years-late/ Dave Smith https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/048-dave-smith-on-choosing-to-live/ Louise Minchin https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/031-louise-minchin-from-the-bbc-breakfast-sofa-to-gb-team-triathlete/ Mike Powell https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/099-mike-powell-on-records-rivalry-and-resilience/ Emma Hatton https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/043-emma-hatton-west-end-star-on-sustaining-performance/ Peter Vint https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/074-peter-vint-on-data-culture-and-athlete-development/ Liz Stokoe https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/012-liz-stokoe-on-science-and-art-of-conversation/ James Glover https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/051-james-glover-on-intentionality/

Nov 17

38 min 9 sec

A very, very warm welcome to our 100th episode. Woo! A milestone for us having started the podcast just under 4 years ago. I truly hope you have enjoyed all the episodes. If you’ve listened to them all then kudos and thanks for being with us along the way. If you’re new in, then hello and I kind of envy you as there is a back catalogue just waiting for you to tune into. When I look back now only a few sections of the conversations are specific to time, and so the discussions are pretty evergreen. It’s been a pure joy to connect with so many great minds, thinkers, achievers, aspirers, supporters of others - I’m truly humbled and want to thank everyone who has been on the show. I want to say at this point a huge thank you to Rachel who caringly curates the podcast episodes, Rachel does this with a coach's eye for not only the dialogue but also for the deeper motivations, passions, concerns and insights that people share in the conversations.    Share your thoughts about the podcast in this quick survey   This week's guest is Baroness Dame Sue Campbell. Sue Campbell trained as a PE teacher, guiding inner city children in Moss side to embrace sport.  From humble yet so powerfully formative beginnings Sue has become one of the most effective and infectious leaders in modern sport. Sue founded the National Coaching Foundation, the Youth Sport Trust and became Chair of UK Sport from its early beginnings to becoming a world superpower. Sue now leads the English women's FA, in pursuit of growing the game.  Her achievements are profound and pioneering having led the development of support for coaches, children, whole system wide sports.  Recognition for her work includes 11 honorary degrees, appointed Baroness Campbell of Loughborough and Dame Commander in 2020. Throughout her career Sue has infused teams, organisations and the people within them to become better, lift the standards all in service of celebrating the power of sport to affect lives, show us that things are possible and to do so with deep respect for each other.   Notes The importance of sport, for us and specifically children Football and its ability to reach parts of society that traditional legislation can’t The next challenge Designing a pathway for girls professional football. Creating the best professional league for women in the world Long termism Influencing Sue’s greatest challenges Growing Women’s Football in its own light   Links Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions  

Nov 2

50 min 29 sec

This week’s guest is one of the most outstanding athletes ever, Mike Powell. Mike has held the long jump world record for the last 30 years, taking the mark from the legendary Bob Beamon - who held it himself for 23  years. The record stands at 8.95 m or in old money 29 feet 4 and a bit inches. When I do keynote speeches, one of my favourite things to do is to measure out Mike’s record just to illustrate some of the extraordinary feats elite athletes are capable of and it never, never fails to amaze me or an audience. Mike broke the record at the Tokyo World Championship in one of the most tumultuous tussles with the equally legendary athlete Carl Lewis, having played second fiddle to Carl for so many years. In the conversation Mike describes in such a colourful and engaging way how he went about pursuing the title, using Carl as a motivator, how he tapped into a coach that could take him to another level, how he harnessed sports psychology long before it was common place. If you can take a look at the youtube link in the below of the competition either as a reminder or to soak up for the first time what I would describe as one of the best head to head sporting competitions of all-time.   Tokyo World Championship final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WfsAwvTSU   *** Applied Pro Practitioner Courses *** https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse Notes The long jump record was a turning point in Mike’s life Mike Foul! Using fuel between Carl Lewis and himself as competition Stoking of aggression in order to fuel performance Visualisation with a sport psychologist Mike Powell’s coach Randy Huntington and his training methods Breaking the World Record but Carl had 2 jumps left and he ALWAYS came back What was it like experiencing the peak of his performance? Mike’s prediction! Adjusting to fame and the downsides Mike’s pearls of wisdom Being lean and strong is the key! Links Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A

Oct 20

1 hr 11 min

This week’s guest is Ben Ryan. Ben coached the England Rugby Sevens team between 2007 and 2013. Ben then took a big leap of faith in taking up the head coach role with the Fijian team, leading them to Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics. In recognition of these achievements the IOC named Fiji as the best male team performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Ben was awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji, the highest order attainable on the Islands. Ben’s book documenting his journey, Sevens heaven won the Telegraph’s sports book of the year. Ben is a thoughtful, observant coach. He has a level of calm consideration for the environment he is in and the people he interacts with whether they’re a prop or a prime minister, which all manifests itself in an unambiguous focus on how he works, how he leads and how he creates the conditions for others to succeed. This approach makes him one of the most compelling coaches to listen to.  *** Applied Pro Practitioner Courses *** https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse Notes Talking in different languages Resources, foundations & communication Independent views is added value The commitment to Fiji Massaging egos Sausages! What did you learn and still reinforce whilst in Fiji? Ben’s North Star Links https://benryan.co.uk/ https://benryan.co.uk/podcast/ https://twitter.com/benjaminryan Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A  

Oct 6

59 min 47 sec

This week’s guest is Laurence Halsted. Laurence is a former Olympic fencer, having competed at the London and Rio Olympics. Laurence retired after the Rio Olympics and is currently Performance Director of Danish Fencing.    Since retiring as an athlete Laurence has been supporting athletes in a bold new way to support the whole athlete, through holistic thinking, mentoring, developing self-awareness, care and mental health. He’s done this work with a company called The True Athlete Project and he has just published a book by the same title which lays out - in a very clear, logical inspirational and practical way.   Notes Laurence explains a little of the fencing rules Performance Director for the Danish fencing team Post Games how do you debrief athletes? How to offset conditions to create change in sport The definition of a ‘true’ athlete ‘The second arrow’ & mentoring Mindfulness as a starting point Links Applied Practitioner Course https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse   Where to buy Becoming a True Athlete book: Amazon- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-True-Athlete-Philosophy-Flourishing/dp/191411003X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2AX88EK2ZG67S&dchild=1&keywords=becoming+a+true+athlete&qid=1631273446&sr=8-1 Waterstones- https://www.waterstones.com/book/becoming-a-true-athlete/laurence-halsted/9781914110030 www.thetrueathleteproject.org www.laurencehalsted.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurencehalsted   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, take a look at the link in the show notes -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A

Sep 22

55 min 54 sec

Martin Yelling is a former international runner, duathlete and ironman athlete and since retiring has, along with his partner Liz Yelling coached 1000s of athletes, and everyday folks to marathon and endurance achievements. Recently, Martin has set about creating a charitable organisation called Stormbreak. They have a purpose to; “... improve children’s mental health through movement, equipping them with sustainable, transferable skills and coping strategies to thrive during the complex demands of growth into adult life. Martin describes the origins of the idea, the challenge they’re working with and the hopes for what might develop.   If you want to get involved follow Stormbreak https://twitter.com/hellostormbreak https://www.stormbreak.org.uk/   Work experience bootcamp - registration closes 10th Sept https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/kps-course/ Starter Courses - Pre-register Now https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/starter-courses-2/ Applied Pro Practitioner Course - Pre-register Now https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/applied-pro-course-preregister/     You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, take a look at the link in the show notes -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

Sep 8

48 min 59 sec

Duff Gibson won the Olympic gold medal in bob skeleton at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. He did so at the age of 39. Duff has an incredible story to tell about trying and trying again, testing himself in several different sports, in the pursuit of finding the one that would suit him and allow him to take a shot at being an olympian. Duff shares that exploration and with it the clear analysis of why he wasn’t suited to certain sports, ranging from physiology to politics. But this isn’t a tale of a plucky loser, picking himself up from each knock back, failure or disappointment. This is a lesson in valuing the experience along the way, experience above detail, journey above destination. Duff has such clarity on this philosophy that he has written a book called the Tao of Sport in which he lays his experiences bare and creates a campaign for us to be more cognisant and skilful in how we create the journey for young athletes in the future. Talking to Duff reminded me of the quote from Confucius We all lead two lives, the second one begins when you realise you only have one.   Notes Early athletic career Mental strategies - what if I wasn’t able to compete? The Turin Olympic gold Intimidation versus competitor support Creating an environment which support great performance not just winning It’s about execution - what makes a difference   Links https://twitter.com/duffgibson For details of Duff's upcoming book https://www.darkhorseathletic.ca/ https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-tao-of-sport?fbclid=IwAR2wQaSfF-cO4qEeQz6EPAidMW3G_kYaCqesu4sa6mgyJZuyTRhe7jkqKJI   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A

Aug 25

1 hr

Dan Bigham is an athlete of the highest order, principally in the disciplines of individual and team pursuit with multiple national and World cup titles. Recently Dan is taking a pop at Bradley Wiggins’ hour record too. But Dan has achieved this level of performance with a band of brothers who congregated together and plied their collective physical talents with a mindset of simply trying to ‘work performance out’. Dan is an engineer by training and spent numerous years working in motorsports and sports analytics using his big brain and curiosity to ask questions, explore, be willing to go off script in the pursuit of performance. Dan’s recent book Start at the End, tells the story of how he led this team to success using the principles of reverse-engineering. And while you’ll hear Dan get into the technical details of aerodynamics etc, you’ll also hear how this attitude has spilled or you could say has been applied to all aspects of personal and team performance too.   Notes Early introduction to a range of sports Cycling interests increase and coincide with business development of Team KGS Team Derbados!!!! The closing of systems after initial success Creating loss, fail at competition or training, questions decisions Don’t be annoying Marginal gains and not stretching too thinly Separating the results from the process Open conversations and feedback sheets shared with everyone clarity over metrics and selection  Dan’s lesson on team organisation /dynamics: listening, decision making, attitude etc   Links You can follow Dan on Twitter https://twitter.com/DanBiggles22 Start at the end book  https://www.shopforwatts.co.uk/products/start-at-the-end-book   You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, take a look at the link in the show notes -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A On Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

Aug 11

1 hr 14 min

Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent are as successful a sporting duo as you’ll ever meet. Steve has won 5 gold medals at 5 successive games and is a 9 time world champion, Matt has won 4 Olympic golds and 10 world championships.  They were successful before Britain became good at sport, winning before the UK Olympic system grew sophisticated. But not just the occasional win - sustained and dominant winning. I had the privilege of working with Steve and Matt from 1998, supporting them, along with Tim Foster and James Cracknell to the Sydney Olympics. I can’t tell you how much influence they both had on me as a professional sports scientist and as a person. Their focus, standards, intensity, but also thinking, understanding and at times philosophy was so impressive you couldn’t help but learn from it. You’ll hear that though in this conversation, which was surprising, fun and at times emotional.   Notes Tokyo delays how would they have responded? ‘Just what we wanted’ & ‘Control the controllables’ A hairline crack in the rig puts a race in jeopardy Are you feeling nervous yet? Changing the conversation The step up from Barcelona to Atlanta the pressure changed hugely Steve’s infamous quote and the pressure of build up It wasn’t a long retirement! The challenges that Steve felt in returning to rowing, both physically & mentally The way in which Matt & Steve supported each other, the deep level of understanding What are Matt & Steve’s reflections on pursuing a goal pushing and driving but doing it well?   Links https://twitter.com/matthewcpinsent https://twitter.com/SteveRedgrave5 Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

Jul 28

1 hr 27 min

In this week’s conversation I speak to Martin Buchheitt and George Perry authors of their upcoming book “Egoals” (a blend of Ego and goals), the subtitle being, “Exercising your ego in high-performance environments”. Martin has been a real leader in applied sports science and research particularly in team sports and George is a track coach and writer based in the US. They’ve teamed up to explore the notion of how we manage, utilise and harness our sense of self, identity and achievement in roles which are inherently in support of others achieving. They have done this with a powerful collection of interviews and reflections from support staff from around the world with an accumulated experience level of over 2000 years. Their writing and reflections resonated deeply with me and yet the conversation challenged me. There is an urge for us to be a little bolder with the experiences and insights we need to find ways not to get ahead of ourselves. There is a balance to be had, a tightrope, almost a dil for which we have to find a better way to manage. Martin and George’s exploration of ego is a valuable contribution to our craft.   Follow Martin on Twitter https://twitter.com/mart1buch Take a look at the book  https://egoalsbook.com/ http://instagram.com/egoalsbook   NEW SUPPORTING CHAMPIONS YOUTUBE CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

Jul 14

58 min 46 sec

This week I spoke to Mike Hughes. Mike is a Performance Analyst, having worked with some of the best teams in the world and developed them by providing understanding and insight based on deconstructing and exploring phenomena in training and performance. Mike and I worked alongside each other at the English institute of Sport, though on different teams, Mike worked with British cycling in the years that it went from mediocre to utterly dominant. He’s worked at Insight Analysis where he was assigned to the England Rugby team where you may have seen him alongside the England coaching team where Mike was beavering away crunching numbers on hand to feed directly to the coaches.   Performance Analysis has risen in prominence in the last few decades - nearly every top operation has analysts as a central part of their backroom teams. What is interesting about the discussion with Mike though is that he creates the case that insight is all very well but if you haven’t got the relationship with the coaches and leaders to have that conversation that could necessitate change, (perhaps sometimes against their preferred way of working), then analysis stays as just that - an unused data point.   At the very heart of Performance Analysis is the saying “Why guess, when you could know?” - but as Mike illustrates a deeper question is - “Now you know what needs to be different, but do you know how to make difference?”   Happy listening   Notes   Performance analysis in the blood - Mike hughes son of Prof Mike hughes! The differing eras of PA advancement Current PA set up for teams  The importance of coaching intuition and marrying with PA Mike’s example of making a difference via PA Simulating differing environments, referees and preferences Red Zone Analysis   Links Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jun 30

52 min 26 sec

Mandy Hickson on jet fighter pilot performance   This week I spoke to Mandy Hickson. Mandy is a fighter pilot, having joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and flew the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. I was fascinated to discuss with Mandy about the physical and mental challenges of training to become a top fighter pilot. I was particularly interested how pilot’s like Mandy improve, what are the stages of progression to go from small craft, to faster and more manoeuvrable craft, and then to train in such a way that you’re ready to operate and perform in a combat zone, where the stakes are as high as they get. The conversation is so rich with insight, where Mandy unpacks a number of situations, scenarios and seriously pressured circumstances with powerful detail and shares a number of useful frameworks that helped her to manage the fears and doubts but then rise to the top. She shares her insights with a combination of breeziness, fun, care and a level of wisdom that comes from profound experience. Oh and there’s another detail that’s pretty obvious but in many ways is irrelevant and relevant as you’ll hear in this discussion. She’s a woman who got to the top in a male dominated field. And while that might not matter to some, as a role model to other people aspiring to do something against the odds, she’s an inspiration.   Notes Types of jets and craft Mandy has flown in the RAF Training takes time  Grey out, G-Force and the G-suits required to be worn and the pressure of G-Force Situational awareness and the bigger picture Notice, understand and think ahead - NUTA Getting your head out of the detail Debriefing and best practice Everyone hates feedback but give me a BOOST - balanced, observed, objective, specific and timely DODAR Diagnose share with the team, what do you think?, options - what would you do?, option generation leading to the decision by the leader, Assign task and review (or give me a reason not to)  Being a female fighter pilot Making better quality decisions and creating a solutions based culture, the ‘Just Culture’   Links Follow Mandy https://twitter.com/MandyHickson https://hicksonltd.com/   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions  

Jun 16

1 hr 2 min

This week I spoke to Steph Houghton. Steph is the England Football Captain, having played for her country over 120 times. Steph has seen the women’s game evolve from amateur days, to the rise in popularity of the game in Britain and around the world, to the Women’s Super League and now the women’s game selling out stadia. During this time Steph has also had to evolve, adapt & respond to growing pressures of playing for her country, taking on the captaincy, World Cup finals successes and disappointments, becoming a household name and leading others. The conversation with Steph was interesting because she had this quiet resolve, this inner steel, almost stoicism all in service of trying to be the best she can and to take the opportunities in front of her. I felt there was no facade about Steph - just genuine, values driven commitment to her craft and profession - all while honouring the role and responsibility she recognises she now holds - and that is as a role-model for the people she plays with, the game and a community of people looking up to her.   Notes Recovery from an achilles injury and learning to take time after experience of multiple injuries Opportunities for female players now and the changes in the last decade Hoping to inspire a generation What are the values Steph holds close England captain at 26!  Breathing exercises are a no go for Steph but she is seeing the benefits of pilates mentally and physically Difficult conversations Managing 20-21 games and the uncertainty for athletes The Olympics and preparation The World Cup in 2023   Links Follow Steph on Twitter and Instagram  https://twitter.com/stephhoughton2 https://www.instagram.com/stephhoughton2/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions  

Jun 2

41 min

This week’s guest is Cody Royle. Cody is the head coach of Australian Football League Team Canada, the men's national program for Australian Rules football. Cody is also an author and I would say fast becoming recognised as a pioneering voice about a topic that previously just hasn’t been communicated - that is the reality of being a head coach. In his recent book, The Tough Stuff, he explores the challenges of coaching in elite sport, but specifically the dynamics and perspectives, the difficulties and the pressures of being a HEAD coach. He ratifies his own feelings, in conversation with a series of top coaches too, such as Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons) and Stuart Lancaster (England Rugby), to name a few. I can’t stress enough just how important this step change is in communicating the demands on coaches. There is a disproportionate and unwarranted expectation, storm of opinion and lack of support and empathy for the head coach. It is Cody’s petition that we all need to do better. To give you a flavour of the book chapter titles which we delve into and build the conversation around, Your fiercest rival is yourself, you’re not a coach, Tactics don’t matter, Chapter 1 - everyone thinks you’re an idiot - and that’s where I start this conversation. If anyone wants to work in or learn from high performance sport - I compel you to listen to what Cody has to say.   WIN A FREE COPY OF CODY'S BOOK We have two copies of Cody's book, The Tough Stuff to give away. Simply give an honest review of the podcast on iTunes (only new reviews accepted), take a screenshot of the review and email it to enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk, by 31st May at 12 noon. Two reviewers chosen at random will receive a copy in the post. It could be one of the most worthwhile screenshots you take this year!   Enjoy the listen!   Notes on what we discuss The Tough Stuff - ‘Everyone thinks you’re an idiot’ If we’re all performers why aren’t the coaches seen as performers? The catalyst of the book Coaches and the importance of self-care Get. Some. Sleep! Translating skills from assistant coach where the pressure’s off to head coach  The brethren of understanding Support structure for coaches       You’re not a coach - being detached from our real identity Changing the dialogue for mutual benefit   Follow Cody on Twitter https://twitter.com/codyroyle The Tough Stuff on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tough-Stuff-Seven-Truths-About/dp/1660114446/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

May 19

1 hr 11 min

David Martin is a leading light in applied sports science. He was senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where along with a number of brilliant minds, pioneered the application of science to elite performance. During the 1990s, as I was grappling with some fundamentals, David was breaking new ground and frankly doing work that the world hadn’t seen before. Their work was the benchmark of excellence that we looked to. In this conversation David and I reflect on our parallel universes, how they drove us, how we in the UK system came to catch and overtake them, and in all likelihood, though some would deny it, then served as the benchmark for the Australian system. David then went onto work at the NBA at the Philadelphia 76ers, an experience and a professional set up that is worth comparing to the national systems we both cut our teeth in. What I truly value when talking to David is piercing insight by that I mean raw intelligence, powerful communication skills, honesty, reflection, all informed by experience of working at the coal face.   Show Notes The Jane Goodall Lecture  David’s analogies in comparison to Jane Goodall’s experiences Growing with the team and gathering momentum - the dangers Learn to step back Athlete beliefs and scientist beliefs - the interactions David’s zoology training The Apex predators and the consequences of extinction The switch in funding for practitioners Changing and switching things up after a home games David’s observations since moving into professional sports David’s goals going forward   Links Follow David on Twitter https://twitter.com/davidtmartin Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

May 5

1 hr 19 min

This week I speak to Kevin Dutton Professor of Psychology at Oxford University, who specialises in psychopaths. Kevin has written several books on the topic, for example The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Flipnosis, The Good Psychopaths Guide to Success and his recent book, Black and White Thinking all of which are illuminating because they unveil a world that is for many of us so alien, so peculiar, so grotesque, yet so close, so relevant and in some cases so familiar. Because as Kevin explains, many of the characteristics that we associate with malice, danger and evil - if dialled differently are definitely determinants of personal success.  This was such a fascinating conversation not least because Kevin turns his evaluation measure onto me to find out if I have psychopathic tendencies with interesting results, somewhat surprising. If you grab a piece of paper you can take the test along with me.   Notes Steve and Kevin chat about why Kevin’s jaw hurt after a VO2max test? Are you allowed to be not as tough as you used to be Steve’s dislike of glib sport commentary What are the three components for success in all works of life What are the messages you are sending out to other people and more importantly yourself The psychopathic mindset You need the right mind for the right context The taxi driver bias Dissociation in performance Is Steve a psychopath...he takes Kevin’s test  Distilling DNA of being successful - the ability to do what you have to when you don’t want  Jumpers versus splashers The use of metaphor Mantras Yes to less Disruptive team members The psychology of teams   Links   There’s still time to sign up to our Applied Pro Practitioner Skills Courses to develop your impact and skills! https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse/   Check out Kevin’s books, The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Flipnosis, The Good Psychopaths Guide to Success and his recent book, Black and White Thinking. Kevin Dutton on Twitter https://twitter.com/therealdrkev Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Apr 21

1 hr 38 min

This week’s guest is Chris Thompson, who at the age of 39 has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic marathon for Team GB. 'Thommo' as he is known didn’t suddenly spring to the top in a freak qualification, he has been knocking on the door for 20 years , keeping going, persisting, persevering, through a career full of challenges. Thommo crossed the line a Kew Garden’s in the qualification event with an outpouring of emotion, celebration and joy and in response the athletics community. Not only has Thommo been on the scene, numerous teams, flights, training camps, competitions with so many athletes over the years - but he is one of those people that just adds life into groups and this, I’m certain, is part of reason why there has been this response. To cap it all off, in the same week that Thommo made the plane to Tokyo his wife Jemma Simpson, now Jemma Thompson had their first child, a young boy Theo. Now if any of you have children, you’ll remember the whirlwind of a child entering your life.  It was great fun catching up with Thommo, moving at times, and a reminder about the cost and the meaning of pursuing personal goals.   In this conversation we explore;   Enjoying the moment Chris’s massive engine but struck my injury and over training A 26 year year athletic career  Chris discusses his early career and his early approach to training, his lack of responsibility Chris’s partnership with Gemma Simpson and a change in attitude Chris lost his off switch. Achilles and broken sacrum Paying less attention to times and focussing on feeling, taking each session at a time and assessing A crushed hand puts the marathon qualifier in jeopardy Questioning immaturity Links Follow thommo on twitter https://twitter.com/Thommo10k https://www.instagram.com/thommo26.2 Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   Take a look at our Applied Pro Practitioner Skills Courses to develop your impact and skills https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse/

Apr 7

1 hr 6 min

This week’s guest is Alistair Brownlee. Alistair is a two time Olympic Champion, four time World and four time European Champion amongst many other honours in triathlon. But quite simply Alistair is one of the greatest racers in the history of the sport and probably across any sport in his generation.  After the Rio Olympics Alistair began racing over half and then full ironman triathlon distance. For those of you who need a reminder of the distance that’s 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order. Alistair has set out the goal of a full Ironman in under 7 hours. To put the performance into perspective the current best time is 7:35.  Speaking to Alistair was extraordinary. Many athletes have physical abilities, many have the will to win, but Alistair has these in bucket loads. A lot of athletes are invested in the process of preparing and performing, interested to know how they can get better, but many of the best just need to stay out of the details, leave that to the coach, the support team. Often overthinking the details can lead to a negative spiral where people become increasingly wound up about minutiae. But what was evident from this conversation was the Alistair’s extraordinary capacity to delve into the science, the rigour, the possibilities, the innovation, the deep understanding and testing of what works for him. His appetite, his command and his acumen to pioneer across the whole spectrum of physical, mental, tactical and technological methods as well as to go out there and perform - is a bandwidth of capabilities that is truly exceptional.  This was a masterclass in high performance and I was left in no uncertain terms that Alistair is a true sporting great.   Notes Training during lockdown more or less normal Training 5% under rather 5% over Alistair and the urban myths that follow him around Alistair’s internal drive - where does it come from? “Relentless' - coming soon to all good bookstores! Comparing notes with other elite athletes in differing fields The sub-7 ironman The need to constantly innovate  Decision making and the honing of the direct feedback loop Inspiring others to get into sport via the Phoenix Foundation The future for Alistair beyond being an elite athlete   Links Follow Alistair on Twitter, https://twitter.com/AliBrownleetri And all things sub 7 and sub 8 on https://www.sub7sub8.com/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   Applied Professional Practitioner Skills Programme bookings now open https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse/  

Mar 24

1 hr 7 min

Applied Performance Practitioner SKILLS Programme - COURSES ANNOUNCED I’m delighted to share with you details of the upcoming Applied Professional Practitioner Skills Programme. Bookings are open NOW and full details are here. Here I explain what the course is, who it's for, how it's unique (spoiler - it's applied in focus), everything you need to know.   0:00 Introduction 2:20 What the courses are all about 3:04 Why they're unique 4:50 The motivation behind the courses 13:10 Details about the Nutrition route - course tutor Dr Sophie Killer 14:48 Details about the Performance Analysis route - course tutor Dr Sian Allen 16:38 Details about the Psychology route - course tutors Chris Marshall and Rebecca Levett 18:50 Details about the Strength and Conditioning route - course tutor Nick Grantham 20:58 Details about the Physiology route - course tutor is me Steve Ingham 23;58 How the course works and how to sign up   All the details are here;  https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse/ Keep a look out for the discount code on the website

Mar 17

26 min 12 sec

This week’s guest is Glyn Howatson, Professor of Human & Applied Physiology at Northumbria University. Glyn’s specialist subject is recovery but its recovery with a purpose and that is to optimise neuromuscular adaptation. I spoke to Glyn to try to cut through some of the noise, make sense of an area that has to all intents and purposes exploded in interest over the last few decades. As you’ll hear from the conversation - recovery, training planning, and interventions are dependent on context, timing, circumstance, demand - which can at times make this subject feel like a bit of Rubiks cube. But what Glyn does really well and he has done for as long as I’ve known him - he helps make the complex simple and with that practicable - which for me is a signal of true expertise in the area.   Show notes Glynn gives a mini intro to who he is and his interest in recovery Steve discusses his experience of recovery  Training more cleverly on an individual basis particularly in team sports The Seb Coe training volume story Reorganisation of training programmes and allowing time for adaptation The ‘interference effect’ and how to get around it What can enhance recovery and snake oil! Hormesis and the training dose Doing the basics well Cherry juice, caffeine,  The inverted U!   Links Follow Glyn on Twitter, https://twitter.com/GlynHowatson Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

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Mar 10

1 hr 7 min

This week’s guest is Harvard University Professor of Biological Sciences, Dan Lieberman. If you’ve heard of Dan it will probably be in connection with his work around whether we are born to run, i.e. that a number of specific evolutionary adaptations that we as a species have acquired over time have enabled us to be really rather good at running for long distances. This hinted that our survival was aided by our ability to hunt by wearing animals down, known as the persistence hunting.  Dan has a new book out called Exercised, which as Dan explains is cutely entitled because so many people are so exercised about exercise, I expect you can think of many people that have opinions that are so specific and adamant that one way is the best way. The book takes a broader view, reminding us of our biological origins, why we do sports and exercise, what we’re good and not so good at and Dan takes aim at a few current myths like sitting being the new smoking, step counts and how much exercise is enough - in so doing Dan widens our perspective to a healthier, compassionate view of physical activity.   Show notes: Pigs on treadmills. Research trip to Sierra and finding an older equivalent of the Ironman Exercise is abnormal, if just for the sake of health and fitness Why the Tarahumara Native Americans are famous for their long distance running No-one evolved to run as fast as possible from A to B  We have become exercised about exercise Is there an optimal form of exercise? Running fast Proactive aggression The benefits of endurance as hunter gatherers and the feats we care about most now are more recent in our history Links Website for Dan's new book Dan is delivering a seminar for the University of British Columbia on 24th March 2021, titled 'Are we born to rest or run?' Register here (and a big thank you to Prof Rob Shave for this). Follow Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Clubhouse @steveingham Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions   UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY Pre-register for our upcoming 'Applied Performance Practitioner' programme and the Pro membership starting in April 2021 here  

Feb 24

43 min 23 sec

This week’s guest is Ama Agbeze, former England Netball captain. Ama Led the team to perhaps the England Teams's greatest success, winning the Commonwealth Gold medal. I was keen to ask Ama about her leadership of the team, what was different in the lead up, the preparation and in the moments of performing under the pressure of playing the hosts in 2018. I was also intrigued by Ama’s own individual style as the leader, what were her expectations and influences and how has Ama coped after the high, and coping with lows of missing out on selection from the team altogether last year. A situation that affected her mental health. Ama is strikingly candid, open and frank as well as curious and insightful about her experiences. It struck me that these qualities were assets that enabled her as a leader in bringing people together and empowering her team to move forward. But in experiencing moments where she struggled but has been active in communicating that - I expect she’s doing exactly the same - connecting and empowering others to move forward.   Show notes Ama’s move from New Zealand to England temporarily stopped by COVID Background to Ama’s netball career Natural ability helps but hard work gets you there The difference is sport participation across countries Having faith in your ability to win as a team Talking fitness, strength, playing matches internationally and beating them & confidence How to create belief Ama’s style as a leader The selection/deselection process The effect of deselection on Ama Which techniques have helped Ama? The importance of routine Factors that allowed the team to take the gold medal The shock of winning Looking forward   Links If you want to follow Ama on twitter or instagram https://twitter.com/amaagbeze https://www.instagram.com/amaagbeze/ Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ If you’re studying sport or you’re looking to carve out a career in sports performance then you might be interested in our membership courses www.supportingchampions.co.uk/membership to sign up.

Feb 10

1 hr 9 min

In this episode I speak to Alan Murchison. Alan currently runs a business called the Performance Chef, providing support to a host of sports, teams and executives in providing their food, their fuel and flavours. Alan does this from a unique stand point of credibility as he is a chef, a Michelin starred chef - in fact in his heyday he ran the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, where he oversaw four Michelin starred restaurants. This is where we centre the discussion on entering into the world of fine dining, the talents required both in the chef and the chef training the chefs. We discuss the standards and meticulous preparation required, and whether the old fashion rollocking is fair game in the heat of a kitchen. Alan discusses the pursuit of the Michelin star, how he approached it, and without describing it here and now an intriguing section about what happened after he was awarded it. There is an intensity to Alan’s approach that seems perfectly aligned to the getting stuff done, setting the bar high and driving others to success and what you might expect from some of the portrayals you would have seen in the media about the dynamics of operating in an elite kitchen. At the heart of my feelings during this conversation - I could feel Alan’s energy, compulsion for better that I (and it might be my inclination) but I can completely see why he led others to excellence. A fascinating discussion - but it made me a bit hungry so have a snack or two on hand.   Show notes Alan discusses his background and where he started washing pots in kitchens from the age of 14 The familial atmosphere and vibe of a kitchen - it escalated! A trial at a Michelin star restaurant, tough, hard work, no fun - it was all about excellence. What is the progression from pot washer to chef Culinary biomechanics! Diligent creativity is a rare quality but important for a Michelin chef Alan discusses his vision of excellence Alan discusses his ideas of non competition & everyone being a winner! What does Alan define as excellence? The vagaries surrounding gaining a Michelin star Alan realised he was unemployable Utter focus on perfection and then falling out of love with cooking Michelin star or nothing Food that is fit for athlete and fit for purpose Developing online nutritional content for the athlete   Links Follow Alan on Twitter https://twitter.com/AlanMurchison And on instagram https://www.instagram.com/performance.chef/ And his website is http://www.performancechef.com/   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.   If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jan 27

1 hr 48 min

This week I spoke to Dan Cable. Dan is a Professor Organisational Behaviour at London Business School specialising in research and teaching focus on change, organisational culture, leadership mindset. Dan has a new book out called Exceptional, which I must admit was my favourite read of 2020. You might assume from the title and from Dan’s background that the book is about aspiring, goals, striving higher - which I admit was why I got in touch with Dan to speak to him. But the book is so much more than that, for starters Dan begins by sharing his experience of fighting and overcoming cancer, how this propelled him to ask more fundamental questions about his existence and how we can all back ourselves, building on what we have experienced, recognise our inner strengths rather giving ourselves a hard time. I loved this conversation and I hope it is just the tonic for starting off 2021. Dan is so full of energy, enthusiasm, wisdom and knowledge about how we can all flourish.   Notes Dan discusses his motivation behind writing the book Post traumatic growth and the harsh insight that something like cancer can give you Life highlight reels Being energised, self efficacy and being noticed Re-humanising the workforce Meta processing The stories we tell ourselves about who we are have a way of coming true The interrelated structure of reality   Links Give Dan a follow in Twitter https://twitter.com/DanCable1 Dan’s website where you’ll find details about his book. http://dan-cable.com/   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.   If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jan 13

44 min 14 sec

This week I speak with Lizzy Yarnold. Lizzy is double Olympic Champion in that chilled out sporting event Bob Skeleton. Lizzy was spotted through a talent identification scheme, selected to be part of the development team for skeleton racing and rose to competitive on the world stage, World Cup winner and took the Olympic gold in Sochi in 2014. Lizzy discusses the journey towards that gold, how she was able to channel some of the talents she already had, how she could focus under pressure and take the step to the highest heights in the sport.  She also discusses burning out, needing to take time out from the grind of the sport to orient herself to what is important to her and so refresh herself to take a different approach to trying to win again in Pyeongchang in 2018, which she did, but with a flurry of physical and mental challenges. Lizzy is thoughtful, fun, softly spoken, ever recognising the collective contribution of those who supported her to perform - but what's always present is a steal, grit, commitment to being a student of her craft her event, and a fiendish ability to compete.   Show notes Sharing her experience through the selection process for skeleton via Girls for Gold  Trying to fit in and get her foot in the door with Skeleton Lizzy can switch on her competitive focus The bleakness of training Lizzy discusses her winning run in Sochi The support team and how they were paramount to her success Lizzy discusses her burnout as an athlete Becoming more than ‘an athlete’ The critical review and ownership of training Life after skeleton   Links Lizzy on Twitter https://twitter.com/lizyarnold Lizzy's website https://lizzyyarnold.com/   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there. If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.    

Dec 2020

1 hr 25 min

This week’s guest is Stuart Worden, Principal of the Brit School. The BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) School is a performing arts and technology school in Croydon, South London and free to attend. But this is no ordinary performing arts school. The alumni read like a who’s who of music, dance, film and production; Singers - Adele, The Feeling, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Jessie J,  Actors - Cush Jumbo, Tom Holland, Cleve September,  Dancers - Twist and Pulse,  Youtube comedians - Percelle Ascot, Joivan Wade Many more students come through the school who we wouldn’t know, but are the people that set the lighting for concerts or stage shows, write poetry that maybe we haven’t yet read or adapt screen plays that we have yet seen. So how does a performing arts school support the talent that comes through its doors? How do the school teachers select people to attend?  In this discussion with Stuart, he shares the values, philosophies, challenges that he and many of the incredibly talented teachers create. What lies at the centre of the discussion that you’ll hear is about environment and how the very sense of a place and what it lives for how it feels - can be a force for the development of incredible performance and people who want to make a difference in this world. This all against a backdrop of the arts being profoundly undervalued in educational systems around the world and under great threat during the restrictions on gatherings with the coronavirus pandemic. Stuart has such passion and conviction, his approach seemed to me to be deeply caring about how we should support young people. I found his outlook and insights enriching, as I could feel my worldview being enhanced with every answer he gave. By the end of the discussion I was genuinely enlightened.    Notes How well the students have responded to the strange times Exploring specialisation or exploring the whole creative process The process of applying to joining the Brit School Artists fundamentally need to be able to display empathy The importance of activism What do the Brit School look for in people? Working hard and realism Advocacy and mentoring of students How non-uniform reduces barriers Rules and regulations Alumni such as Tom Holland, Tuwaine Barrett enjoy returning and meeting the current students  The Alumni of the Brit school and how they still contribute to the school The destination and results are not as interesting as the journey Stuart’s ambitions for the Brit School and the future   Links https://twitter.com/Stuartworden https://twitter.com/TheBRITSchool https://www.instagram.com/thebritschool/ Contribute to the school https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11242   Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you. If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.  

Dec 2020

1 hr 14 min

This week’s guest is Professor Mark Williams who has spent his professional career understanding the neural and psychological aspects of acquiring skills and developing expertise. Mark has recently published a fascinating book called “The Best”. The subtitle of the book captures your attention though, “How elite athlete are made”. Now you might starting jumping to conclusions that the book tends towards the nurture side of nature vs nurture, but you’d be mistaken. Mark and his co-author Tim Wigmore weave a narrative from the social, economic, environmental and family factors that contribute to success. And in this discussion I explore many of these concepts but ask Mark given that we have a certain set of cards dealt to us, what can we do as athletes, coaches, parents and supporting members of the cast to enable others to succeed, enable others to grow especially during a disruptive pandemic. Enjoy the pod.   Notes Does Mark constantly analyse performance and expertise? What is expertise? Sibling advantage Maintaining an optimal learning environment in lockdown Using time in lockdown wisely to hone our weaknesses The differences between performance and learning, variations in briefing levels of challenge and reflection Helicopter parenting How to enable athletes to live a life well outside of sport Personal effectiveness and developing successful teams The joint curation of group rules, norms and behaviours, enables the agreed consequences of breaking the group agreements   Links Take a look at Mark’s new book, ‘The best; How elite athletes are made’. https://www.markwilliamssportsscience.com/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there. If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.  

Nov 2020

1 hr 1 min

This week we have two guests, Mark Richardson and Marcus Smith. Mark Richardson is the drummer for the band Skunk Anansie, a band that were figureheads of the Britrock explosion in the mid-nineties, with defining songs Weak and Hedonism and remain a highly influential band 25 years since they were formed. Dr Marcus Smith is Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester, with background of supporting elite athletes, especially boxers to Olympic success but Marcus loves his music too and as you’ll hear he became curious about how hard drummers work while on stage. This led to him contacting Clem Burke the drummer of Blondie and from there a fascinating project was struck up involving quantification of the physiological demand of performing Their work began to gain momentum and the Clem Burke Drumming Project was founded. And Mark Richardson got involved in the project because in music circles he was known as one of the most ferocious drummers about. In the conversation, Mark describes his early career, how he found drumming as an outlet, how exploring his own performance with Marcus has opened up his thinking and practice to a much healthier, sustainable way of approaching the demands of performing on stage or touring. They also both share some wonderful spin-offs that the project has had in supporting children with autism too (see the links below). Make sure you listen right to the end of the episode where you can listen to Mark performing the drumming for "Tear the place up" (courtesy of Skunk Anansie and reproduced with permission)   This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10. (Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for each product that we are an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, we will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission we earn comes at no additional cost to you.)   Show notes Drawing comparisons between performers and understanding of what is performance Marcus discusses how he became interested in music; Blondie & Clem Burke the drummer. PhD with Olympic boxers and sport science. Heart rate data collection of Clem drumming Mark - the baddest hardest hitting rock drummer Marcus discusses why he was fascinated by drummers and specifically fatigue Mark discussed his childhood and how physical activity helped him not misbehave Alcoholism, AA meetings and therapy, learning to get fit and stay healthy The similarities between Premier League football players and drummer The dichotomy between the perception a=of a having a dream job and the reality of the demands The need to look after self pre-tour, including fitness, food and mentally Marcus discussed the importance of asking questions and the person above the numbers Learning to accept when ‘good enough’ The importance of collaboration and surrounding yourself with people more intelligent than you Communication through movement and sound reaching out to kids with autism and the benefits of drumming Outro of Mark playing “Tear the place up” (courtesy of Skunk Anansie and reproduced with permission)   Links If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there. Connect with Marcus on Twitter on https://twitter.com/MarcusSmith78 Mark on Twitter https://twitter.com/markskunkanansi https://clemburkedrummingproject.org/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/  or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Nov 2020

1 hr 27 min

This week’s guest is Peter Vint. I’d got in touch with Peter with the full intention of discussing analytics, and the trend towards data and to fully explore the wave of interest, activity and investment in capture, understanding and use of information – and we do explore this especially as he has directed and delivered this function at the highest level at the USOC and in the Ineos sub 2 hour marathon project with Eliud Kipchoge. And now Peter is Chief of Sport at USA Volleyball – so has a much broader leadership role. But I can’t say we spent the whole conversation discussing data – that’s because Peter is such an interesting person that we ended up exploring adapting to the pandemic, culture, long-term athlete development to name a few areas. So I promise you I’ll be exploring information and data in more detail in future episodes, but in the meantime enjoy a free ranging conversation with someone who over the last ten years of knowing Peter, it’s become apparent to me, that he is a luminary, a source of deep insight and knowledge and philosophy.   This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10. (Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for each product that we are an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, we will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission we earn comes at no additional cost to you.)   Show notes  As Chief of Sport at USA Volleyball Peter discusses how COVID affecting the year? The culture of pay-to-play in youth sport What could, and should, youth sport look like? Peter discusses the need of sports people to achieve something very special and the technology that supports these feats The gap between what we know and what we have and how do we make it useful and impactful The Ineos Project Deterministic approach becomes probabilistic   Links Follow Peter on Twitter https://twitter.com/PeterVint Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions Graduate Membership enrolments are open for students and graduates to up their skills, join in the conversation about what’s on their mind and to network and connect. If you would like to sign up go to https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.  

Oct 2020

41 min 50 sec

This week’s guest is Chris Rosimus, Chris is the Head of Nutrition at the Football Association, leading all aspects of dietary provision to the England football teams. Prior to that Chris was nutritionist at England and Wales Cricket Board, English Institute of Sport and England Squash. What was fascinating about this conversation was the route that Chris followed, which you might consider unconventional, if there is such a thing as a conventional route. Chris essentially followed his passions and interests, and what you’ll hear from Chris is how through chance, through his own connection with his experiences and through his intuition, he honoured the ideas that have sparked deep enthusiasm by pursuing them. At the centre of all of these discussions is one recurring theme that Chris has respected and protected during his career, one theme that has enabled him to influence a whole host of elite players and coaches – and that is relationships.   This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10. (Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for each product that we are an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, we will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission we earn comes at no additional cost to you.)   Show Notes Chris’ unique route into nutrition, 6 months as an apprentice gas engineer, 6 months making conservatory roofs, 6 years as an alarm engineer Football coach for kids Progressing to coaching badges which sparked an interest in nutrition Chris reflects on how much he has changed Taking the leap in applying for a nutrition course A foundation year and learning to be academic and use a USB stick Chris had a plan and knew he needed experience First time doing a one-to-one session and struggling! Common characteristics of a nutritional role Feeling under pressure, being supported but having to work very hard to survive Preparing a team for a major event Having something positive to sell Research and reading to stay on top of your game Perceived traits of effective practice   Links Connect with Chris on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-rosimus-a77425180/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions Graduate Membership enrolments are open until 2nd November 2020 for students and graduates to up their skills, join in the conversation about what’s on their mind and to network and connect. If you would like to sign up go to https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Oct 2020

1 hr 14 min

Dr Cath Bishop competed as a rower at three Olympic Games, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens (and I had the privilege of working with Cath throughout her career), with highlights including winning the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. As a diplomat specialising in conflict issues, Cath was posted to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Basra and Iraq, as well as leading in Whitehall on the UK civilian contribution to conflicts around the world.  Cath has written a book, out on 13th October 2020, calling on us all to redefine what winning is. Cath brings extraordinary and insight together, back up with numerous anecdotes, references and her own experience to examine what winning has come to mean to society and to us as individuals and offers a fresh perspective on how we might redefine success – personal and professional - for the longer-term.   This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10. Notes Cath discusses the reasons for writing the book, being tested provoking debate and furthering thinking Cath was a sporting failure at school Shifting identity to an athlete and competing at the highest level. Surviving in a high intensity, high performance environment Relief at results at a high level but could it be reproduced at the Olympics Being tough, but how much can you take? When the results don’t match your physiology you realise there is more to performance Associating failing to perform with your identity, at the time they were the same thing If you come second you are a loser, but there is and has to be a different way The longer you compete the more you realise the mental and cultural side of performance has a huge impact There is a different psychology around ways to motivate it doesn’t need to be base on aggression or a macho narrative which is self-limiting The Long Win – why are we still relying on outdated mantras and beliefs? Athletes and even the athletes who are on the winning podium feeling unfulfilled and empty Role modelling values and the way in which you can role model performance Why is it important to win the medal? Why is it you train? What are the costs of the sport you love, are you buying into them, do you understand them? What is acceptable in the journey to success and what is unacceptable? Playing to the longer term metric and strategies in both sport and business Stating a wider purpose other than results How can we unlock performance in a different way? The IOC specifically states that competition is not between nations! Working in partnership with your athlete and to explore unlocking even more Links Links for Cath https://twitter.com/thecathbishop https://cathbishop.com/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Win-search-better-succeed/dp/1788601912 Follow us If you want to follow us on Twitter you can do so at  www.twitter.com/support_champs And me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ Follow our Linkedin page Supporting Champions at  www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.    

Sep 2020

1 hr 17 min

This week’s guest former Formula One driver Mark Webber. During his career Mark won nine Formula one Grands Prix, finishing third on three occasions, while driving for Red Bull racing. Mark has also won the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche. In this interview I ask mark about how he’s making sense of his career now that he’s retired and hear all about a strange mix of feeling fortunate and experiencing the loss of his career. We discuss physically and mentally what he felt he was losing that meant he wasn’t able to compete. Mark shares how he with the help of his father was stretching to ever higher standards and he offers a fascinating insight into competing against the very best in Michael Schumacher. In a really powerful section Mark divulges what it was like to experience some of the most severe and spectacular (in the factual sense of the word) crashes. Perhaps what was just as fascinating was how Mark processed his thoughts and what struck me about this discussion was how effective Mark is at using frameworks to move to action, deliver the necessary behaviours, discipline and focus required to ascend, recover and improve. Much of this is self-taught, instinctive and so perhaps is a talent itself.   This episode is sponsored by Junius multi-award winning, health food + drinks company – Junius. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We've partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10.   Show notes Mark discusses how covid-19 has affected him and Formula 1 Personality traits, competition scenarios and keeping perspective/composure Retirement and career reflections Levels of boredom Mark does not want to get in a grand prix car again Grand prix driving is a young mans’ game It’s tough at the top, winning, tough conversation/messages and self-discipline to adapt Mark’s youth, how did he rise to the top? The subtlety of feedback The paranoid perfection pressure The crunch moment – not having a plan B Moments when Mark new he was ‘good’ Winning in Europe Michael Schumacher the desire, pressure, belief and risks Adapting to scenarios, team mates and pressures The crashes Providing support to others Hindsight is their foresight Doing the basics brilliantly and focus on yourself   Links Mark Webber on Twitter https://twitter.com/AussieGrit and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aussiegrit/ Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/   A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.  

Sep 2020

1 hr 14 min

I would put this week’s guest into a very select place in the world of endurance, one that has combined four often distinct factors, first quality academic research, second in a topic that contributes to elite performance, third creates a paradigm shift that challenges how most of us think about training, and fourthly has been successfully applied to the non-elites, the serious amateur athletes or training for the general population. Professor Stephen Seiler’s has captured, described, cross-referenced and validated the unique training patterns of the world’s best athletes and has found a somewhat remarkable, counter-intuitive trend – that the training they do is polarised, that is that the best endurance athletes make their easy training easy and their hard training hard. This has become known as the polarised approach. Stephen and his research group’s contribution to endurance sport took a bit of time to become recognised, now is widely accepted, considered and underpins the practice and thinking of coaches and athletes around the world. We have a right old natter in this discussion, and in truth we could have spoken for hours more, we take a good couple of hours to explore, psycho-physiology, training, periodisation, philosophy and we both coin some new markers of over-training. We actually sort of drifted into a fascinating discussion right from the off, before we really started, which is representative of what you’ll hear, much less an interview but much more of a long-form conversation   Show notes Talking shared book titles, Star Wars Steve and Stephen discuss children and the role of parenting, ensuring you are mindful of their resilience and coaching them in their chosen field Stephen discusses his daughter’s eating disorder and the areas he needs to be mindful of. Passing on the mantle of coaching, Stephen’s role will then have been fulfilled. Gathering teams with different skills sets communicating effectively and putting the athlete in the centre Stephen discusses the routine, the mundane aspects of high performance and planning for the extraordinary. Self-doubt and elements of OCD within athletes regardless of achievement or performance level. Providing positive support to athletes during competition Getting bogged down in the details whilst forgetting the exceptional work completed over the long term Interval training relax this is not rocket science! Confidence versus certainty Agile periodisation The cheetah - moments of aggression The adaptive advantage of the polarised approach Signal versus stress Staying under the stress radar Getting the athlete and the coach on the same page The relevance of subjective indicators The hair in the yoghurt indicator! Evolution and innovation of training Resistance to change I have been a gold medallist and I can be one again Science meets arts and the development of new constructs for explanation   Links Follow Stephen on twitter https://twitter.com/StephenSeiler Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Aug 2020

2 hr 10 min

In this week’s episode I speak to a true innovator, pioneer and superstar of human movement – Sebastien Foucan. Sebastien was one of the founding developers of the discipline of parcours and later Sebastien stretched his practice to develop free-running – creative, acrobatic, exploratory, jumping, vaulting, rolling, climbing and interacting with obstacles and environments. Sebastien was also Bond baddy, delivering his art form on the big screen in a breath taking chase sequence with Daniel Craig at the start of Casino Royale! Sebastien has starred in Madonna video and toured with her. In this interview we discuss Sebastien’s early athleticism, the origins of parcours, the split to free-running, the assessment of risk against knowledge of his own physical capabilities, the founding philosophies and links to Bruce Lee’s doctrines and the demands of getting it right on stage and screen. We also find out who was the harder taskmaster Madonna or Bond! I’ve been in awe of Sebastien for many years and it was a compelling, deep yet fun conversation to have. Show notes Early origins of Sebastien's athletic ability Creation of parkour and the split with free running The philosophical nature of three running and the links with Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do  Evaluating risk and understanding of personal physical abilities when performing free running Importance of practice Feeling flow, in the zone, the importance of the environment Delivering free running on the big screen in James Bond Casino Royale movie The demands of touring with Madonna Sustaining performance as Sebastien gets older Mentoring others and being the Obi-Wan Kenobi of free running   Links https://twitter.com/SebastienFoucan https://www.foucan.com/   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Aug 2020

1 hr

This week’s guest is Kit Holder, first soloist at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Kit has spent his whole career dancing, he came from a family of dancers, he went to the Royal Ballet School and has performed at the highest level on stage and now is a choreographer for the Birmingham company. There’s a number of interesting angles that I took from this interview, one that he is working to the direction of a new boss the world renowned Carlos Acosta – finding out how the style, manner and expectation change with the new direction. Kit also shares an interesting hurdle he had to overcome where a particular routine and section caused a real performance blocker for him and how he overcame this limiting inhibition. Fascinating still how this experience has propelled him to study more about the psychology of performance. Kit also shares his insights into choreography, nurturing others, directing, inspiring and co-creating works with other dancers.   We’ve always been super keen to learn from diverse fields. Sport is not the reference point for all things performance – that’s something I’ve learnt since we set Supporting Champions up and begun applying performance thinking to business, education and the performing arts. To that end we've featured, west end stars, military commanders, television presenters in our interviews and there is always something ratifying about the convergence of ideas from parallel fields. This episode does the same.   Show notes Prior to lockdown Kit was performing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in Swan Lake How COVID-19 affected the rehearsals, performances, classes and training. Kit observes his motivation during the first few weeks of lockdown Balancing road cycling and ballet The specifics of training for ballerinas and maintaining performance The film, ‘Alone Together’ Challenging audiences with performance   Dancing for a digital audience Kit’s experience of dancing as a child and following in his brothers’ footsteps From the Royal Ballet School to the Royal Ballet Company Kit set his sights on specifically wanting to work at The Royal Ballet School The inherent desire to dance Ballet dancers aesthetic  Physical performance and psychological skills Choreography Choreography of a jazz improvisation and the realisation of the bigger components that allow a ballet company to function Kit’s learnings about choreography The ability to admit you were wrong What’s next for kit?   Links https://twitter.com/KitHolder   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jul 2020

1 hr 31 min

This week’s guest is Mel Marshall. As a swimmer Mel made five Olympic finals at two Olympic games’ and she is one of the most decorated swimmers for England at the Commonwealth Games. You’re likely to know Mel as much for her reputation as an elite swimmer as the coach of perhaps the most dominant swimmer on the planet at the moment – the imperious Adam Peaty. Mel has coached Adam from his pre-teenage years taking him to the top of the Olympic podium in the 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics and having devastated the 100m breaststroke world record breaking it on five occasions. Mel shares her tensions about what the COVID-19  crisis has taught her and how she needs to balance her energy and frustrations and when she’ll switch her focus. She shares her philosophies of coaching and how these evolved over the 12 years she’s been out of the pool and guiding others. And in a fascinating section Mel lets us in on the 4 facets of what makes Adam Peaty great, how he’s always had these and how it’s up to her to channel his voracious athletic and competitor talents. Show notes Adapting to COVID-19 personally and professionally creating working environments, winning each round but struggling with the lack of buzz personally 12 weeks out of water, what is lost in terms of physicality and psychology? Innovating programmes Building momentum for 2021, accepting and moving training forward confidently Supporting confidence with short term goals Mel is ‘on’ but she’s not ‘on on’! Mel the coach and Mel the swimmer Sticking to the process and making the coaching athlete centred Mel’s reason for becoming a coach Adam Peaty and his abilities physically and psychologically Preparation minds and bodies The difference between club level and elite level sport Mel’s proudest achievement, her relationship with Adam Coaching the shit out of emotions Knowing athletes and what makes them tick Mel’s favourite day as an athlete…it may surprise you! Coaching into the unknown and the emotional toll it takes   Links You can follow Mel on twitter at https://twitter.com/massivemel   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

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Jul 2020

59 min 51 sec

Dr Eva Carneiro is this week’s guest (I will give you Eva’s introduction in two parts). Eva is a Sports Physician and was one of the first eight pioneering doctors recruited nationally to the UK Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialist Training Programme. She worked in the New South Wales Institute of Sport in Sydney and at the Olympic Medical Institute in London in the build up to the Beijing Olympics. Eva worked at Chelsea Football Club from 2009-2015. During her four seasons as First Team doctor the team was successful in winning Champions league, Premier league, Europa league, FA Cup and League Cup titles. During her six and half years with the team she worked with a total of seven elite international football managers. She is the first woman to sit on a team bench pitch-side in Champions League, Premier League, and Europa League competitions and the only woman to become the First Female Assistant Medical Director in a Football Club in the UK.  That’s the introduction to Eva’s medical and performance credentials. Here are some details about an incident that erupted in 2015. On the first game of the 2015-16 premier league season, Chelsea played Swansea. During the game, Eden Hazard twice called for medical attention following an impact to his abdomen. The medical team were then then summoned on the pitch by the ref on two separate occasions ….  Eva, along with club physio Jon Fearn came onto the pitch to attend following rules of the game. But the manager Jose Mourinho reacted to the situation, because he didn't feel the injury warranted attention. The reaction was pivotal to Eva's case, first there was a demotion from the first team. Footage emerged of Jose Mourinho used abusive phrases towards Eva, which he denied being sexist in motivation. The subsequent furore received extensive press coverage, both for the dismissal, the claim for abuse and the character and personal attention, scrutiny and sensationalism that Eva was exposed to. Eva's lawyers filed for constructive dismissal, but before she gave evidence the tribunal the case was settled on confidential terms. But importantly as part of the settlement, Chelsea issued a statement "We wish to place on record that in running onto the pitch Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first". This was important because that statement indicates the position that Eva upheld; upheld beyond the stage of the game or its results, the Hazard situation, beyond the clash with the manager and club, beyond football, beyond sport perhaps too - in not only serving her professional duties and duty of care, but in doing what is right and not capitulating to compromise. Eva’s case received widespread media and public attention all sorts of accusations, pressures, intrusions into her personal and private life for, as I say, essentially doing her job, but perhaps the difference is that she also held her ground against all of those pressures.  If you’ve tuned in to the dirt being dealt around this case – you’re in the wrong place, that’s not what this podcast is about. However, if you want to hear from someone who has operated at the heart of one of the most successful football clubs in recent history, if you want to hear the piercing lessons from someone who has lived through unwarranted scrutiny and exposure but has held the utmost professionalism throughout and is now leading a campaign for higher standards of professionalism, ethics and governance – and ultimately is standing for doing what is right, you are in the right place. The fact that she has pioneered in a ‘male dominated environment’ makes her achievements, perspectives and voice all the more profound.   Show notes The key responsibilities of a doctor in a football club – but feeling the pressures and being effective in an elite football environment Eva’s dream as a 16 year old, buying an American College of Sports Medicine book about sports injuries on the beach Taking in the atmosphere. The adrenaline infecting every molecule of the buildings. Memories of Chelsea playing Barcelona FC in the Champions league behind Fernando Torres and getting the nod from Lionel Messi Being part of the team – adding to the culture, team motivation and dynamics Being an optimistic realist How to weigh risk and judgement for the players, performance and the club when medical issues arise. Going on the journey with the players Football restarting. Systems not in place to respect medical governance and players. Non-medically staff can have a lot of power. You don’t learn about what’s required in 3 weeks. Huge credit to the medical staff for the immense work that’s go in to ready players as best they can. Without the audit and review – competition has restarted, with enhanced protocols, but sustaining these protocols and within the culture of football could face problems. Footballers being the only people in the country going back to work without social distancing. Eva trained in accident and emergency to develop skills and understanding around trauma cases. It helped to be able to speak different languages to calm the players Keeping your mind at the pitch side Knowing your athlete is key Trauma and loss of life is a part of a medic’s job, it’s sobering and grounds your reference point. How did Eva cope through the ordeal? It’s taken time to overcoming the emotions We need to be clearer about the non-negotiables We do need to understand that medical governance is about justice Football lives in a bubble at times A new generation of players and managers that can change the culture Allowing players to feel safe and to be able to speak – leads to better performance A new style of leadership must arise Safeguarding of athlete’s medical treatment is central to Eva’s cause. How do you feel about the decisions that you make in a week, month, a year, 5 years I need to be able to live with myself   Links Eva is on twitter at https://twitter.com/evacarneiro and her medical practice http://www.thesportsmedicalgroup.com/   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jul 2020

1 hr 7 min

Nick Levett on talent development Have you ever found yourself stood along side parents or coaches shouting and barking instructions to their child? Or have you ever found yourself bursting out with commands or subtly taking your child aside to say, “Just do this”. If we have done this or seen this or felt the urge to help but done so in a clumsy way – then we’ve been an influence (perhaps not positive) on a child’s interest in not only sport but on their willingness to try. This week’s guest is Nick Levett, Head of Coaching at UK Coaching an expert in talent development. Nick has had a fascinating career coaching in schools in socially and economically deprived areas, working to develop the paths of young talent in the largest governing body in the UK – the Football Association and now a broader remit to develop coaching across the sporting landscape  Nick’s insights are edifying, that is they compel us to take a moment to reflect and learn how morally, ethically and intellectually how we support and develop others, not just aspiring young sports people, but the lessons apply to our wider influence to the people around us. Show notes Playing football at university (oh and studying for a degree) Strategic planning of modules for the best outcome rather than subject interest Working in a challenging school, Learning ‘how to communicate’ Working in the FA for 14 years Child centred work drives Nick’s ethos Student aspirations, how much do I know these kids as individuals? The coaching tension between the traditional FA coaching methods and real life experience Nick’s development of the national coaching programme Rod Thorpe teaching games for understanding (TGFU) How do you know that kid wasn’t about to work it out for themselves? Taking inspiration from Iceland and project based learning Doing things that are inherently enjoyable  What has been good during coaching amidst COVID-19 and what have learned that will be beneficial for the future? Always start with the person Academies and pathways should be teaching kids skills that are going to serve them for life Manchester United think about the people first rand the values and rights of the child What are the values of children when they play sport What’s more important, winning trophies and medals or hardest is more important to me Coaching horizons, what would Nik like to see explored over the next decade?   Links Nick's blog http://riversofthinking.com/ Nick on Twitter https://twitter.com/nlevett Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jun 2020

1 hr 15 min

Caspar Berry is a former professional poker player, having been the poker advisor on the James Bond movie Casino Royale. Caspar is now a speaker on risk, not only understanding this area from the principles of the game of poker, but it’s underpinned with an economics degree from Cambridge University. In this discussion we talk about the parallels between poker and what we’re experiencing through this viral pandemic – and there definitely are some. We talk about how to get good at poker which unveils an array of applicable lessons in terms of probabilities, luck and taking opportunities when they are presented to you. Caspar has a knack of making some unfamiliar concepts feel really accessible – he’s a bright guy with whom I've loved chatting to over the years. And if a Las Vegas poker player and advisor on a Bond movie weren’t enough Caspar has one of the most fun biographies going – which I will leave him to explain. Show notes Poker and a global pandemic – it is good when people appreciate uncertainty in their lives The importance of cash and savings Caspar’s three important messages: The future is uncertain and we are way poorer than we think we are Everything is going to end eventually Insulate yourself against the downside and open yourself up to the upside Risk and decision making; short term versus long term allocation Working as an actor in Byker Grove Learning that poker and business are related, defined by decision making and resource allocation Luck - your short term deviation from your long term expectation as a result of that which you cannot control Olivia Colman & Sacha Baron Cohen – luck Don’t play the man, play the cards Casino Royale How to play perfect poker Uncertainty and predicting the future The Ludic fallacy   Links Caspar is on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/casparberry/ You can visit Caspar’s website at http://www.casparberry.com/ Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jun 2020

1 hr 2 min

In this episode I spoke to Rob Pacey. Rob runs one of the most successful podcasts in Sport, the aptly named Pacey performance podcast, which focuses on strength and conditioning and training. He has curated close to 300 episodes since 2015 featuring some of the leading names in aspects of conditioning. In this discussion I was curious to find out what inspired Rob to begin recording episodes, and how he took the plunge. What Rob didn’t have at the time was a reputation to lean upon, he just went for it, with an infectious spirit summed up in the phrase, “Well I could do that”, or at least I could try. That optimistic spirit shines through about wanting to network, create connections, learn from people and contributing. In a cluttered world of online content we can learn from Rob’s lessons of being consistent, showing up for people and ultimately creating something of value. While he didn’t have a reputation when he first started, he does now! Show notes Dreams of becoming a professional footballer Realisations of having optimised his performance The loss felt when ending the pursuit of becoming a professional Importance of education as another outlet Mini business charging for football training Finding work as a ‘fitness guy’ Getting an opportunity because people trusted him Transition to the commercial world working for Catapult Benefitting from other podcasts and thinking, “I could do that!” Leading me to the realisation that this would be a great networking opportunity Becoming the podcast guy The strongest guests are the ones who you can have a drink with and who can talk hard science Developing buy-in is a critical theme Creating a resource for people to add value Getting the specifics out from guests, there’s a lot of assumed knowledge What has Rob learned. Editing audio, social media material, but also anticipating and communicating what the audience want to hear – becoming in tune with the industry Authenticity to who you are and aware of what you communicate on social media   Links Rob on Twitter https://twitter.com/strengthofsci The Pacey Performance Podcast can be found here https://www.strengthofscience.com/ Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

May 2020

58 min 53 sec

I’m excited to share, in this special episode, 7 key principles from my new book The First Hurdle on applying and interviewing for jobs in sports performance (and the sub-text here too is for those doing the interviewing too). The First Hurdle is a guide to searching, applying and interviewing for jobs in sports performance and is now available to buy for kindle or other e-reader here https://supportingchampions.co.uk/downloads/ In this episode I share the motivations behind the book; a story about my first interview experience alongside the England Football team; and 7 key principles that people would be wise to follow (including one message, principle number 7, for the interviewers) Be yourself! why and how you need to be true to yourself Can you do the job? How to emphasise your employability by focusing on their needs. De-clutter! Focus your attention on the areas that really matter. Would you put on all the clothes in your wardrobe to go out to a party? Add structure to your answers. How ‘and’ ruins interview answers. The importance of holistic view on communication, not just what we say but how we say it. We need to It’s not about you! The importance of focusing your answers on how you can influence others and your ability to work in teams. The Superheroes and the mice! (If you’re interviewing people) Don’t be an arse! By all means push people, but you have a responsibility to people, profession and an industry. You should develop your interviewing skills such that you’re able to inspire someone’s development, not humiliate them. Take your responsibility as an interviewer seriously and inspire people. The First Hurdle book is now available to buy, both as an ebook and paperback; https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Hurdle-searching-interviewing-performance-ebook/dp/B087JTHB2M/ Here’s a look at the contents; Runners and hurdlers: Introduction One principle: You can’t be anybody else Get out of your own head: What interviewers think about Target practice: Finding the right job Looking good on paper: CVs and cover letters The warm-up: Interview preparation First contact: The start of the interview Xs and Ys: The question that differentiates Clarity, clarity, clarity: Structuring your answers Team: Can you work with other people? Who are you?: The importance of self-awareness Sprint finish: How to finish an interview Eyeing the competition: Group interviews Show me: Practical tests Virtual reality: Video pitching and online interviews Climbing the ladder: Interviews for managers and leaders The feedback loop: Getting advice; win, lose or draw A final word for interviewers and interviewees Appendix 1: Unpaid internships Appendix 2: An overview of career routes About the author More from Steve   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

May 2020

33 min 29 sec

We hope you and those close to your are safe and well. In this episode I spoke to Stef Reid, three-time Paralympic medallist, World Champion long jumper. Stef is a remarkable lady irrespective of the fact that at 15 years old she lost her leg to the rotor blade of a motorboat. For she has amongst her sporting accomplishments, also been a semi-finalist in Masterchef UK, was the first Paralympian to model in Vogue magazine and is Vice president of UK Athletics. You may be wondering with the Para games moved on a year, if she is still going for it – well in this discussion we find out that it’s a yes.   We explore how she’s motivating herself during the lockdown and Stef, talks me through her horrific accident, her response, what helped her, who helped her, which wasn’t just her family but some tough loving health workers. We also talk about how she has made sense of her experience, emboldened her sense of self and to hear it was truly moving and uplifting.g.   Show notes Delay to the Paralympics and the ramifications for athletes for a range of reasons Stef’s coping mechanisms – ‘feel the feelings’ Adapting training due to COVID-19 Stef’s early sporting endeavour into rugby and ambitions to become a professional player The accident Processing the loss of the limb The nurse that first challenged Stef and the thrill of having a poo! Acceptance of the new Stef The 2012 Paralympics changed everything Bringing the whole package to sport Running The decision that sport wasn’t for Stef World championships 3 years later! Positive distractions You can’t be too focussed on athletics, athletics can’t be your sole identity   Links Not surprisingly Stef is a motivational speaker and if you’re thinking of someone to inspire your next event, take a look at http://www.stefreid.com/speaking You can follow Stef on Twitter https://twitter.com/RunJumpStefReid   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 22 min

In this episode I talk to Dr Andrea Furst, performance psychologist at Mental Notes. Andrea has had a highly successful career supporting some of the highest performing teams to the highest performances. She has worked in Australia, where she originates from, Singapore and now based in the UK. She has supported the Australian kayak team, Singapore sailing, GB Hockey and is widely sought after in professional sports and supporting business leaders. Andrea brings a really grounded, pragmatic approach to her practice. She is thoughtful and intuitive, but shrewd and no nonsense. In this conversation we discuss some of the emotions and challenges everyday people and athletes will be experiencing during this lockdown period, what methods and ways of thinking can help people cope and thrive. What I really enjoyed about this conversation was not only hearing about the mental models and ideas that help people cope with change, but I was compelled by her approach of putting the human needs first on the path toward self-discovery.   Show notes Andrea’s focus on adjusting to the new normal with challenge of COVID19 How the lack of deadlines effects our thinking How we cope with change Dealing with uncertainty Staying present and the value of recognising our experiences How investment in self-awareness and self-reflection nurtures the person and performance Handling mavericks in team situations Establishing buy-in and engagement with top performers With the Olympics moved to next year what advice and support can help athletes re-focus   Links You can follow Andrea on https://twitter.com/AndreaFurst Have a look at her website https://mentalnotespsych.com/   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Apr 2020

1 hr 8 min

The next few special episodes of the podcast will break away from the normal regularity as we capture, produce and air some relevant content to the COVID-19 crisis. In this episode I talk to Professor Louise Burke, Chief of Nutrition Strategy at The Australian Institute of Sport, where she has led the nutrition support work for Australia since 1990. Louise is certainly one of the world’s leading dieticians, has been there and done it but uniquely has outstanding achievements in applied sport and research. I caught up with Louise to ask her about some of the big things people can be doing to ensure a healthy diet to support immune function and support training during the COVID-19 crisis and what people can do when their normal food choices aren’t necessarily available in the supermarkets anymore. I also take a brief opportunity to ask Louise about her key experiences and lessons learnt from an illustrious career in support of elite performance at the Australian Institute of Sport. Show notes The new normal for a while - perhaps we can think about what is important and what isn’t…to recalibrate, during COVID-19 Team Australia, what are they up to now? Grateful for an extra year to prepare for Tokyo 2021 Why we eat what we eat? Disordered eating during this COVID-19 crisis The complexity of habits beliefs and behaviours around diet What can we do in these uncertain times to ensure we are nutritionally looking after ourselves Planning menus for a week being more resourceful with the ingredients we have This is a great time for exercise and ensuring nutrition supports health The change in the Australian Institute of Sport Supernova research camp Project Supernova lack of resources ensured that Louise needed to find a new way or working Having a good relationship with athletes and coaches Periodising carbohydrate Making the coaches and athletes part of the team   Links You can follow Louise on Twitter https://twitter.com/LouiseMBurke Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Apr 2020

1 hr 6 min

Phil Skiba on exercise and health during COVID-19 crisis The next few special episodes of the podcast will break away from the normal regularity as we capture, produce and air some relevant content to the COVID-19 crisis. In today’s special episode I talk to Dr Phil Skiba, Director of Sports Medicine for the Advocate Aurora Medical Group in Chicago, one of the largest in the United States and one of sharpest people I know – a true polymath, about the current crisis, his observations, his advice about us for general health, staying physically fit and training and more broadly our responsibilities to ourselves, each other and why and how this situation arose and what this all might mean. Show notes The warning signs of COVID-19 and health service overwhelm Making excuses for ourselves… Our individual and societal responsibilities Paying attention to how you are feeling Do the neck check! Good nutrition Heart disease and cancer kill way more people than COVID-19 and are preventable and treatable with exercise No more powerful medicine than exercise Any organism has a carrying capacity We are in this together  Bettering yourself through education Popping to the shop in Africa Fighting this war from the coach, binging Netflix and don’t do anything stupid! You can follow Phil on Twitter @DrPhilipSkiba More from Phil is available on his website on www.physfarm.com   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Mar 2020

57 min 35 sec

057: James Cracknell on Endeavour   A note about Coronavrius We, individuals, groups, communities, society look up to sporting heroes, we revere and admire their dedication, their persistence, their focus, the sacrifices they make to make the most of their often rare genetics and to do so on the greatest performance stage. As the world battles Coronavirus, we’re all going to be required to make sacrifices that we’ve never made before in pursuit of applying ourselves, to the collective goal of public health.   We’ve thought hard about whether while the world is taking dramatic turn, whether the appropriateness of us publishing podcast episodes about a topic of human performance is even relevant. Certainly we can appreciate that if you normally tune in but your head is elsewhere at the moment then it might be better to switch off, go an focus on what you need to do (which hopefully isn’t stock piling toilet rolls) and listen to this again when it suits you best.   We’ve decided to continue because perhaps these episodes can offer some inspiration, maybe an hour’s worth of distraction, perhaps to help refocus you on what you need to be doing. Also, there are a lot of people now distancing and isolating for the first time in their lives – I hope in some ways these episodes can be some supportive company and a positive influence as the worry and the noise surrounding the outbreak increases.   This week's episode features my interview with James Cracknell. Two time Olympic Champion in coxless four rowing, part of perhaps the most renowned rowing crew of all time the Sydney 2000 four – a team I was honoured to support. On retirement, James didn’t put his feet up, in fact almost the opposite. He crossed the Atlantic with Ben Fogle, raced to the South Pole, kayaked the length of the Thames, was at the time the fastest Briton to run the Marathon de Sables, competed in the Yukon Arctic Ultra and has run the London Marathon numerous times with a best time of 2:43 which for a 90kg guy is phenomenal (at the time of recording James was headed for the London Marathon in a few weeks, but the event has now been postponed for now to October). In 2010 James undertook Ride Across America and was hit by a petrol tanker suffering a contrecoup brain injury – he is now a campaigner for the use of bike helmets – which effectively saved his life.   Last year James became the oldest competitor and the oldest winner, in the history of the Oxford – Cambridge boat being twice as old as his crew mates and competitors and older than some of his crew mates dad’s. I worked with James in the pursuit of this goal and it was one of the most challenging cases I’ve worked on, to problem solve and innovate in such unique ways. James did so through some trying personal circumstances which played out in the press.   In this conversation James and I discuss his early in drivers, becoming part of a crew with some of the highest achievers in sport Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Why he kept pushing towards goals after he retired from Olympic sport and his passions for public service and how through public policy he aspires to make the biggest difference to the people’s health and well-being. I do believe there is a lesson in here about creating intensity about doing what we need to do to accomplish something. I also think there is a message about feeling the fears but rather than being paralysed by them – acting upon them. Happy listening, keep your distance and wash your hands folks! Show notes Steve and James discuss their long-standing relationship Honesty and being unafraid to be unpopular James’s return to high level sport and The Boat Race James required a bespoke recovery programme that enabled him to come back stronger The triple whammy of ultra-endurance endeavours, starvation on The Island and being 45! Any reputation James had disappeared rapidly at the 5K ergo Earning respect by beating Steve and Matthew There are different ways to skin a cat! James’s physiology Being the best at everything that takes no natural talent     Defending titles and building on success. “Anyone can win once” Switching sides and doing the double The part vanity has to play in winning or losing Pressure Setting extraordinary goals The challenges full time athletes face! Motivating other people, being a burden, enjoying sport and rewarding yourself Relationships, perspectives and differences Swapping lycra for goretex or a gown at Cambridge and the binary nature of winning and losing Strictly what’s the worst that could happen?! Do not show weakness. Do not show the opposition you are tired. Showing vulnerability Don’t let them see you being sick Winning by a second or 4, break the world record…no?! Drop the flowers and don’t cry Politics and influencing policy and behaviours   Links James on Twitter https://twitter.com/jamescracknell An Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jamescracknell/  Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Mar 2020

1 hr 14 min

056: Malcolm Brown on a career in coaching and lessons from the Brownlees This episode’s guest is Malcolm Brown a Performance Coach based at the Leeds Triathlon Centre where he has partnered with Jack Maitland in coaching the Brownlee Brothers, that’s Alastair and Jonny – two of the greatest triathlon racers of all time.  He was previously the head endurance coach for UK Athletics, coaching athletes to international gold medals at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level Malcolm has journeyed through what would be considered one of the most traditional routes for a coach, being a PE teacher by trade, coaching in his spare time almost always on a volunteer basis and then as the system in the UK developed he began to coach professionally, first for athletics, then later in triathlon In this interview, Malcolm reflects over the long arc of his career and draws on the lessons that have kept him so stable, cogent and wise. Malcolm tells it like it is about the state of coaching and how it has been underinvested in, how it lacks the recognition and prominence that it deserves but ardently hopes for better and is active in creating that future for coaching. He’s supposed to be retired, but he’s still extremely active in the coaching community, having established the Leeds triathlon centre and recently the Endurance think tank. We start the conversation with a recent health scare for Malcolm, which it sounds as though many of his athletes ‘coached’ him through.   Show notes: Club Le Santa, Lanzarote and a heart attack How Malcolm occupied his mind when recuperating Context to Malcolm’s 42 year coaching career Paternal role model, interest in multiple sports, Head down and Head up perspectives from academics Malcolm’s athletic career and the insights provided by his own injuries! Finding the right words at the right time to support the athlete Working with Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and picking up body language indicators in order to adapt sessions clip  Malcolm didn’t want coaching to be his job, he enjoyed his independence and autonomy too much!!  The common language of a team  Coach with significant input from the athletes led the training environment  Coach development roles, skills and competencies The benefits of the endurance think tank Malcolm’s observations around successful junior athletes not progressing to being successful senior athletes and the reasons he identified The resourcefulness of the Brownlee brother’s and the necessity for them to make their own decisions as they are the athlete How has Malcolm’s input changed with the Brownlees over time Physiological efficiency Malcolm’s nuggets of wisdom Fail better!   Malcolm on Twitter https://twitter.com/Malcthecoach Leeds National Endurance Centre https://nationalendurancecentre.co.uk/ International Council for Coaching Excellence https://www.icce.ws/   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Mar 2020

1 hr 15 min

The dynamic of retirement, transitions and change for athletes is rightly receiving much greater attention as athletes speak up and openly about their experiences – none more so this episode’s guest Lizzie Simmonds. Former international backstroker, two time Olympian, European champion – Lizzie has taken it upon herself to  write and speak about her experiences since her retirement in 2018 and now mentoring others. Her blog, her speeches are some of the most candid, open, articulations of what it feels like, how she’s responded, the noise in her head, the loss of identity, the polarised reactions of excitement but being daunted, open to possibilities but feeling like an imposter. Lizzie’s communications are not some sort of ‘woe is me’ plea for attention – these are balanced, considerate, heartfelt, humble and honest accounts – that have rightly been lauded for expressing what many feel but have found too overwhelming or chaotic to be able to capture. Not everybody can do what Lizzie has done, but I think that anybody experiencing a change can certainly benefit from Lizzie has given a voice to.   Show notes Rediscovering exercise after retirement Lizzie’s viral tweet and Piers Morgan and the dangers of social media Openness and engagement Blogging about retirement and transitioning The challenges of retirement, the guilt, feeling disconnected and being honest about feeling a little lost Preparing for retirement and the thought process involved ahead of time Athletes who have amore balance lifestyle tend to do better at retirement Defining yourself by your sport and the consequences of that single identity Support networks the difficulty in diverting resources from performance aims to support retirement in order to help them transition successfully. What compelled Lizzie to write her blog about transitioning. What does Lizzie miss, and not miss, about swimming Specific memories from Lizzie’s swimming career Rockstar in goggles  Confidence and association with identity  Future life – enjoying experiences and staying away from the rat race   If you’d like to follow Lizzie then you can do so on Twitter https://twitter.com/LizzieSimmonds1 and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/simmo1234/ To find out more from Lizzie’s website including her blog go to https://lizziesimmonds.com/ https://lizziesimmonds.com/2018/07/15/how-to-be-a-real-person/#more-157   Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Feb 2020

1 hr 30 min

Duncan French is the Vice President of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Mixed martial arts is a sport that has had an accelerated rise into the public consciousness over the last couple of decades. It seems to have captured the imagination, created interest and intrigue about the unpredictability of the contest. And so has followed a professionalisation of the bouts, the events, and the support they receive. Duncan’s focus is to provide the very best support to the fighters, sometimes supporting two fighters that are about to fight each other. We get into an interesting discussion about the ethics of aiming to help someone do a better job of hurting someone else to the point of submission or unconsciousness, versus the unhealthy neglect that would result if fighters were left to their own devices. Combat has been with us since the dawn of time – way before we were human and it was one of the earliest activities we’d call sport – and let’s be realistic it’s probably not going away any time soon. Duncan is a world renowned conditioning coach, rightly respected and sought after. As I fully expected from Duncan he sheds light on this territory with lucidity,  acumen and wisdom. If you’re not into MMA (which I’m not actually but I’m interested) my expectations are that you’ll take a great deal from Duncan’s ideas.   Show notes Introducing Frankie French! Duncan’s background in strength and conditioning, particularly in the field of combat The challenge of the PhD Working and identifying as a sport scientist The move to Connecticut and the moving into understanding the role of strength and conditioning Duncan is a hybrid, shouldn’t we all be? Nuns with arthritic wrists Filtering the noise – it’s time consuming and takes effort but it’s important to focus on creating a quality track record and reputation The pendulum swings from the coaching domain to the science domain, a blend of both is required Combat based sports GB boxing Changing the trajectory of a young sport the training and standards Degrees of freedom We don’t want to take the wild out of the stallion! Uniquely supporting athletes both sides of the ring, the trust, support and opened required and operating within boundaries that are fundamental The ethical challenges of supporting two people who are fighting the aim of which is to knock out their opponent: making the environment as safe a possible such as equipment design, physical development and training, rehabilitation, rules, regulations in order to make the sport as safe as possible for the fighters   Changing the standards of combat sports beyond mixed martial arts Maximising deliverables Fighting is in our DNA we get it and we like it  Duncan’s mantras!   Links Duncan on Twitter https://twitter.com/duncanfrench Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Feb 2020

1 hr 6 min

Sue Backhouse, Professor of psychology and nutrition at Leeds Beckett University is this week's guest. Sue is an expert in the complexity around two huge areas – eating and cheating. Everyone’s a nutritionist these days, everyone’s a psychologist and everyone has an opinion on the issue of doping. Three emotive, convoluted and noisy areas for Sue to tackle. What Sue’s research does is something quite unique, particularly so compared with a lot of reductionist studies that pare back all confounding variables to a level of control almost sterility. Of course, you need that level of meticulous control for some research but often important areas get neglected by researchers because they’re too messy. Equally what Sue is able to do is see through the clatter, the jumble and offer illuminating yet grounded findings and advice. We explore the hows and whys of influencing athletes to adopt certain dietary practices and how underpinning motivation and behaviour are essential for change. Then we get into a rich discussion about why people dope, the context, knowledge, social norms, group think, can all be factors in people taking or not taking that step into violating rules and how people reconcile their minds that what they’re doing is ok. A fascinating area, one that I have spent my life staunchly and adamantly against and working to support athletes in an ethical and legal way. At the end of the conversation I felt more aware and understanding and perhaps slightly more empathetic towards a doper – NOT that I have lowered my stance – but by better understanding why people cheat I feel I might be able to help someone choose not to. Show notes: Sue’s formative years leading to her career in sport. Resetting ambitions and dealing with rejection and disappointment and how this has turned into an advantage. Complexity of behaviour on multiple levels towards food and nutrition. The role of emotions and how it drives behaviour, decision making and the support required to be sensitive to. Capability Opportunity Motivation model of behaviour (COM-B); a behaviour change model recognise that in order to bring about change one needs a capability i.e. education, training and skills. Having difficult conversations and making sure everyone is on the same page with the same expectations. Just telling! Barriers towards nutritional adherence What are the unintended consequences of some of these short term solutions? Doping, “I just did what I was told…” Social norms of dysfunction, the power of the group. Unravelling the complexities of doping, the vulnerability, the goal directed behaviours, the protection of health, athlete identity and winning at all costs. Differences in doping violations, team versus individual approach Therapeutic exemption and the knock-on effect of the negativity surrounding doping Fearless organisations and having difficult conversations   Links: Sue on Twitter https://twitter.com/susanbackhouse https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/professor-susan-backhouse/ https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-sport/research/research-centres/human-performance/respect/ http://theconversation.com/whistleblowing-athletes-shouldnt-have-to-choose-between-their-careers-and-the-truth-112349 Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/ A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/ or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Jan 2020

1 hr 25 min