Toni Minichiello on supporting Jessica Ennis-Hill: SC Conference 2017 Presentation

Coach Toni Minichiello presents at the 2017 Supporting Champions Conference on his career in in coaching in particular on his work with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Show notes

1:09   First foray into coaching for 20p

2:20   Coaching pre Jessica. No-one can take an athlete from a youngster to an Olympic athlete…I bet you can!

3:16   Motivations – being challenged and people’s experiences

4:40   Reading, I want to know people’s experiences. How do you apply in different situations…everybody is different

5:18   Coaching philosophy…I knew everything!

6:14   ‘Once you realise you are ignorant, you are free’

7:00   Continual self analysis and reflection

7:24   Coaching is about delivering

10:15  Is winning important?

13:03  Make yourself redundant

14:34  Jessica Ennis-Hill, be systematic and progressive with the training. What did I plan for?

16:58  Made progression based on what would fit her. Teaching good quality lifting, skills and movements

18:26  What is coaching? Process, relationship, environment

20:50  ‘Yeah but it’s still shit’

21:30  The only person you can trust affect is yourself

22:49  If we want to do this Olympic dream, how do we draw people together?

24:00  Time to branch out and draw people together

26:05  It important to understand my weaknesses, where am I coming up short?

28:00  Family you’re biggest friend or your greatest nightmare

29:28  Everyone has some kind of agenda

33:03  I want everyone’s opinion and then let’s assess the whole thing

36:40  How would you have felt if you had won in Daegu?

38:30  Marriage & pregnancy

40:55  Why are you coming back Jess?

42:38  She was a machine!

44:32  Things started to come together

47:00  What could I have done different, where did I let her down?

49: 35 What happens to a coach when their superstar retires?

50:30  Do what’s right for the athlete, not what’s someone elses agenda

51:35  QUESTION How long does it take for your philosophy and their philosophy come together within the coaching process?

53:06  QUESTION Was there a breakthrough moment where you thought sport science had to be part of your team?

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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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