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In The Shadows

This might split the audience a little, but I want you to consider a scenario for me, which may be evident in your club right now. You have a top athlete, who out-performs the rest of the group/tea...
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Skinning A Cat

How many times have you heard the saying ‘there are more ways than one to skin a cat?’ Perhaps, like me, you hear it ALL the time within your sport...
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Own The Energy

Without question, I have found that most, if not all high performing coaches, have an infectious energy behind their coaching.  Coaches with ‘energy’ are mo...
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Robots

It’s been said many times before that coaching is all about relationships, and positive relationships are built on communication, trust and engagement. Great athlete-c...
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Prescribing Confidence

What’s the worst bit of feedback you have given your athletes recently? I know, bit of a strange question really, but as my own worst critic, it’s something I think about often … Here’s mine – &lsq...
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Feedback Frenzy

If I gave you a few golf balls and a club at the driving range you’d probably like to just ‘hit a few.’ Unless you’re destined for the next PGA tour that’s quite reasonable, but lets assume you are receiving coachi...
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Cotton Wool Coaching

What is cotton wool coaching I hear you ask? Well we’ve all heard of the expression, ‘she’s wrapped up in cotton wool,’ usually used to...
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Plan Your Escape Routes

In a sport as complex as gymnastics, things aren’t always going to go as intended in either practice or competition. It goes without saying that in order to deliver a ‘hit routine’ in competition, t...
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How To Fall

Accidents and injuries are an unfortunate, yet inevitable risk of sporting participation at any level, but further amplified in the world of performance gymnastics due ...
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Performing Under Pressure

This blog post has been inspired by the World Championships in Glasgow, where on top of the standard pressure of competition, there were several examples of highly pressurized scenarios and ...
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Tug of War

A great working environment is an essential pre requisite for me and I’d rather not coach than walk into the gym each day and shout at athletes as a form of motivation. ‘Constant dropping wears away stone’ and a barrage of neg...
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Yelling and Telling

We all have our own values and philosophies of what ethical coaching should look like. Like me, I’m sure you have some specific things that bother you with regards to ‘bad coaching practice.’ When I first started coach...
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