002: Rosie Mayes, Jamie Pringle join Steve Ingham to talk how a home Olympics gave focus

Episode #2 Panel Discussion (Part 2 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 necessary focus that came with the award of the home games, what challenges it brought and how the roles change under mounting pressure and resource.

Show notes

4:01 July 6th 2005 London was awarded the Olympic Games
6:09 Suddenly the bar has gone higher…we need more!
8:50 Know what your role is. The fundamental difference between sport science in the academic sense and thinking about the performer and their performance
10:04 The athletes don’t care who supplies the support, they want the support. The coach’s role is the distiller of language that the athlete can understand.
10:31 How has the education of the coaches developed and how has science been able to inform the coach?
10:40 The athlete centred, coach managed network. How do you explain what a scientist does within that role?
12:00 Coach education
13:00 One practitioner can become the filter through which the coach and the athlete can connect
13:36 For a coach the leadership challenge has changed
13:40 The leadership challenge for the coach is team management, clarity, cutting through the noise applying priority
13:56 Switching from a scientist role to coaching Kelly Sotherton – I need to cut down the noise, I’m a noise generator!
15:04 The dynamics of the team, relationships in the success of performers – creating champions
16:51 It’s a filtering process, I don’t want more I want less! No-one would ever teach me that story
17:17 It requires a whole host of different intelligences, intra-personal skills, inter-personal skills in order for your ideas to land
17:57 Ego, sectors that have bright people can come with an arrogance. Personality preferences, “Oh god I’m like that am I”?! If you have a team dynamic, if you can put your ego aside and have a role to play that isn’t your best position, that’s a real challenge
20:10 Complexity of a network and the ability to establish trust
21:45 Are we all playing the same tune?
22:15 When we have a clear sense of purpose about what we are doing. The professionalisation of the system in Britain we are part of a network that brings a sense of belonging for everyone.
24:12 London 2012, everyone was focussed on the summit. We always expect a lull after a big pie but…that could have been the best day at work EVER?!
24:38 Fear, threat, resistance. What is your purpose, asking why questions. To give pride to a nation.
25:39 To achieve this goal, where would you start?
26:15 Working for somebody, and it has consequence, it gives purpose and the purpose has consequence.
27:17 Why do you do what you do? This fundamental level of deep thinking isn’t taught, isn’t facilitates and when it is you get a united sense behind a common purpose.
28:30 If we start people thinking earlier, “Why do I do what I do?”, it will enhance what they do
29:20 Plugging gaps in order to create new progress/performance is a differentiator in the GB system
30:25 Recap

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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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