Athlete Development

Athlete Development

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

How winning gets in the way of development

Sporting success relies on three important qualities. The first is speed of implementation. In the heat of the battle, acting quickly, almost without thinking, can...

EP 29 – Dame Valerie Adams – The Makings of a...

My guest on the show today needs little introduction. Her name is Dame Valerie Adams, and she’s one of the best athletes New Zealand...

Developing young people through sport

Young athletes are being pushed to their limits more than ever. For many, the pressure to succeed begins at an ever-increasingly young age and...

EP 17 – Dr Chris Hanna – Bone Growth, Overuse Injury...

Youth sport is more physically demanding that ever before. It’s not uncommon for an athlete to spend 20 hours a week training and competing,...

AD in the media: Challenge yourself to be the best you...

Achievement at Athlete Development looks a little different to common perceptions of the word. Being on time to academy for a whole month, performing...

Coach Advice: Make time or it won’t happen

In the hustle and bustle of life it’s easy to make promises and plans and then fail to follow through with them. Training gets...

Advice for all young athletes from the head coach of the...

I’ve known Helene Wilson for a while now. In 2016 I had the privilege of helping her integrate sports science into her Netball Northern Beko...

EP 69 – Amanda Stanec – Finding Joy in Physical Activity...

“Movement is truly the vehicle to teach the principles, to engage with others in joyful ways, to then problem solve and transfer that to...

EP 18 – John O’Sullivan

Three and a half years ago my guest on today’s show wrote an article online called “More important than talent”. It struck a chord,...

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The law of gravity

On earth, gravity gives weight to our body, constantly pulling us down. Yet in many sports, success depends on overcoming it. We can fight against it,...

What is stress inoculation training?

On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner took a small amount of fluid from a milkmaid's hand lesion and scratched it into the skin of...

Ash Barty – a quitter and a winner

At 15, she was the best junior player in the world. Two years later, she was a three-time doubles slam finalist. Then she quit tennis. Now, five...

EP 71- Tim Driesen – High Performance Athlete Development Leader at...

“You can rely on talent up until a certain time, whatever talent is, but it’s not going to make you the best in the...

Prioritise the process

There's no such thing as being time-poor. Rather, it's a misallocation of priorities. When the (seemingly) urgent takes precedence over the important. The result, is a...