001: Rosie Mayes, Jamie Pringle join Steve Ingham to discuss rise in performance sport in UK

Episode #1 Panel Discussion (Part 1 of 3)

Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes, discuss the rise of Uk High Performance System that has gone from 36th on the medal table in 1996 Olympics to 2nd at the Rio Olympics in 2016, becoming a global sporting superpower. This episode charts the early origins of the UK beginning to find pockets of excellence, how the system emerged from losing and grew to develop its own identity, method and network.

Show notes

1:10 UK High performance achievements
2:20 Where did it all start?
5:25 Capturing nuggets from early achievers (Boardman/Keen)
8:25 Searching for early specialists
10:55 Creating and innovating from nothing
13:05 Protecting competitive advantage
14:30 Losing acting as an accelerator for funding and system change
17:55 Professional (funding allow athletes, coaches and staff to train/work full-time) but lacking focus
19:25 Support services in their infancy – the baby begins to develop
20:55 The baby learns to speak and say no for the first time
21:55 Into the next episode – the acceleration provided by being awarded the homes games

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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