Steve discusses lessons from the frontline of working with elite performers with Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes. We discuss the essentials of that initial engagement with elite athletes, what to do and what not to do. Getting clarity around your role and what you’re working to so that you can prioritise. What clues you might be drawing from the environment, the culture that can help you connect with others and be more effective. Importantly we discuss how some of our behaviours, actions and the bonds between us change under the pressure of competition.

2:05 Exhibiting opportunities at the Supporting Champions Conference
4:00 What is it like to work with an elite athlete?
4:40 Understanding the culture and environment of sport
5:00 Applying your skill and experience to the high performance training environment
7:36 Step into the shoes of your athlete, see and experience what they do.
8:58 Working with high level performers, winning Olympic medals, but the hard work is completed day in day out on the track or pool
10:15 What if they are not interested in the science?
10:50 The world doesn’t revolve around you
11:00 Team sports have their own culture and identity
12:20 Cultural intelligence, what do you learn and how do you apply it?
14:20 Using humility and credibility in a high performance environment…it’s not about you!
18:36 Losing naivety, understanding your role, the athlete role and clarity of knowledge
20:30 Expecting less from a performance based relationship
21:20 Don’t fall into the trap of wanting to be valued!
25:50 Team identity and the pressure that increases the close to high performance moments
27:00 Recognising the pressure for others increasing when you might also be feeling an increase in pressure
28:00 Wanting a sense of team belonging and an amplification when under pressure
30:00 Searching for certainty in pressure situations
32:25 Consistency in training and consistency in performance is a good marker as how you will perform on the day
34:00 Get involved in the culture, atmosphere and connect with the individual. The relationships you build on a one to one basis and the development of trust is invaluable.
35:05 ‘Athletes don’t care what you know until they know that you care’ Emma Gardner

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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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