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Steve Ingham, performance scientists, 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. Continue Reading >>
Steve Ingham, performance scientists, 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. << Show Less
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The podcast returns on 29th June We’ve had a little break from the podcast and now I’m delighted to say we’re back and have got lots of great interviews coming up. New episodes are uploaded on 29th June. Don't forget to subscribe on your podcast platform or Youtube
 
So what’s changed since we were away, well we haven’t changed things around too much. We’re still exploring all aspects of human performance, whether that is getting stronger, fitter, mentally more prepared, eating better, playing better - but also how we perform in work, individually and as teams.
 
I’ll still be speaking to great scientists, practitioners, coaches, athletes, and people outside of sports - but who are interested how we perform as humans. Although I will be looking to add more entrepreneurs into the mix. I think with the world of work shifting and changing in recent years I want to find out more from those people who have set up businesses or are consulting for their own income.
 
 Senior Lecturer in Performance and Innovation - Dr John Kiely all about Periodisation and questioning conventions
Social Psychologist - Professor Vanessa Bohns from Cornell, all about influence
Olympic gold medal winning GB Women’s Hockey coach, Danny Kerry
Women’s racing driver Abbie Eaton
Former Arsenal men’s team Physio Colin Lewin
Performance Strategist - Ryan King
Fonder of Hexis App Dr David Dunne
Authors of Myths of Sports Coaching Jenny Coe and Dr Amy Whitehead
Strategy and decision making expert David Joyce
Psychological safety expert -Tom Geraghty
 
We’re really looking forward to sharing these insights with you and so make sure you subscribe on whichever platform you get your podcasts and of course on Youtube
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The podcast returns on 29th June We’ve had a little break from the podcast and now I’m delighted to say we’re back and have got lots of great interviews coming up. New episodes are uploaded on 29th June. Don't forget to subscribe on your podcast platform or Youtube
 
So what’s changed since we were away, well we haven’t changed things around too much. We’re still exploring all aspects of human performance, whether that is getting stronger, fitter, mentally more prepared, eating better, playing better - but also how we perform in work, individually and as teams.
 
I’ll still be speaking to great scientists, practitioners, coaches, athletes, and people outside of sports - but who are interested how we perform as humans. Although I will be looking to add more entrepreneurs into the mix. I think with the world of work shifting and changing in recent years I want to find out more from those people who have set up businesses or are consulting for their own income.
 
 Senior Lecturer in Performance and Innovation - Dr John Kiely all about Periodisation and questioning conventions
Social Psychologist - Professor Vanessa Bohns from Cornell, all about influence
Olympic gold medal winning GB Women’s Hockey coach, Danny Kerry
Women’s racing driver Abbie Eaton
Former Arsenal men’s team Physio Colin Lewin
Performance Strategist - Ryan King
Fonder of Hexis App Dr David Dunne
Authors of Myths of Sports Coaching Jenny Coe and Dr Amy Whitehead
Strategy and decision making expert David Joyce
Psychological safety expert -Tom Geraghty
 
We’re really looking forward to sharing these insights with you and so make sure you subscribe on whichever platform you get your podcasts and of course on Youtube
Steve reflects on 100 episodes with Jamie Pringle 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/
100: Sue Campbell on leadership and the power of sport 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. 

 

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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
099: Mike Powell on records, rivalry and resilience 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

 

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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
098: Ben Ryan on culture 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. 

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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
097: Laurence Halsted on becoming a true athlete 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
096 Martin Yelling on supporting young people with Stormbreak 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/

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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
095: Duff Gibson on the Tao of Sport 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
094: Dan Bigham on reverse engineering performance 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
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