Athlete Development

Athlete Development

The Voice Inside Your Head

You will face challenges, set-backs and criticism in your sporting journey every day. Ultimately, your success will depend on how you think to overcome...

Is science making us stupid?

For 2 million years homo-sapiens roamed the earth as an insignificant animal, fighting for their survival. They were learners, yes, but they learned through...

Talent Identification: How we’re failing youth athletes

Early specialisation. It exists when a young athlete concentrates all of their efforts on a single sport, year round. And more and more, sports...

Parents, are you negatively affecting your child’s performance?

One of the most important elements of success for every youth athlete is the right supp ort from their parents. But you knew that, right? Here’s...

5 minutes late, again.

“But coach, it’s only 5 minutes, I slept in.” You’re right, it is only five minutes. Is punctuality really that important? The thing is that...

How to help your child manage their busy sporting schedule

Recently I asked a bunch of our young athletes what the most difficult part of their day-to-day lives was. Their overwhelming response was “managing...

Supplements & Youth Sport: An introduction

Sport is more competitive than ever before at school level, I certainly don’t need to convince you that, which is leading to athletes doing...

Love Sport and Science? 3 exciting career options you’ll be interested...

My final two years at secondary school were an exciting time in my life. I was having great success in my sport as a...

Why training the ‘beach muscles’ matters.

If you've ever set foot in a gym and thrown a bit of 'tin' around, you’ll know what I’m talking about here. Training ‘chest...

Four Ways to Develop Better Athletes

The best coaches take the time to understand their athletes so that they can provide the best environment to help them succeed. 1) Understand your...

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EP 34 – Nathan Wallis – Harnessing the Human Stress Response,...

“You learn a lot more from the teacher you love than the teacher you’re scared of.” - Nathan Wallis Nathan Wallis is a gifted educator of...

Fitness Testing: Why Most Coaches Get It Wrong

The fastest way to develop a dislike for something is to do it repeatedly without reward. What’s more, when there’s external expectation attached to...

Black Stick Hugo Inglis on Meeting Youth Athlete’s Needs, the Benefits...

Hugo Inglis is a 186-cap veteran for the New Zealand Black Sticks Hockey team and one of the most competitive guys you’ll ever meet....

EP 33 – David Niethe – School Yard Bullying, Dreaming Big,...

Today’s conversation is with David Niethe. Dave helps many of New Zealand’s best athletes get the mental edge over their competition, including Lydia Ko,...

Advice for Young Athletes from Dame Valerie Adams

(Listen to the excerpt from Valerie Adams here) “I think if you hand everything to a young athlete they’ll never learn. You actually need that...