The Holy Grail in Sport – Selecting Athletes for the Best Team

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Ask any successful business person or entrepreneur what makes their business so powerful and most respond with some variation of the theme, ‘selection of their people’. Even ask couples with enduring and loving relationships, what makes them so happy together and they [...]

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Sports Personality Clashes on the Front Page

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Last week, I read with interest the case of Pippa Savage being dropped from the Australian Olympic Team Women’s Quad Scull for reasons amounting to what is publicly known as “incompatibility” with other crew members. Having personally rowed in and won an [...]

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Your Athlete’s Value Beyond their ‘Position’

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments When you look at the athletes in your squad or team, what do you see? Do you just see the number on their back? Do you see their technical ability, and how this translates into their performance? Is there anything an athlete can [...]

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Blame the Coach in Sport?

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments As sure as death and taxes, every sports season there are winners and losers. More specifically, there is only one winner and then all the rest. And for the teams who don’t win, everyone (fans, players, administrative staff, coaches, the list goes [...]

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Athlete Engagement in Sport – Do Your Athletes Care?

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments What is Athlete Engagement? Athlete Engagement is a critical concept for all sports coaches to understand. “Engagement” is a borrowed term from the business world. There, it is a measurement of the degree to which an employee’s heart and mind is committed to their role, leader and company. It is so important in business because engagement has a direct and significant link to profitability. Research shows engaged individuals deliver an additional 30% in discretionary effort compared to disengaged individuals. […]

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Coach-Athlete Relationships: Bond Athletes to their Coach, Team and Club

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments As a coach ensuring your athlete is always striving to gain a 1% improvement in their performance can be one of the hardest parts of your job. At Athlete Assessments, we often speak about the importance of a quality coach-athlete relationship, and [...]

Critical Team Roles in Sport (What Every Team Needs)

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Creating a successful team outcome relies on how effectively the individual parts of the team work together as a unit. This article delves into the critical team roles in sport that every successful team needs and who on the team should take [...]

Athlete Induction Programs: Best Practice for Success

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Pre-season is a hectic time of year. There is usually a long list of important items to organize and sometimes things can slip through the cracks. No doubt, like most programs, you have athletes who have left and new athletes arriving. The [...]

Athlete Decision Making Skills: Coaching for Improvement

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Athletes who have the ability to create truly great performances on the field or in a race have one very important skill in common. They are excellent decision makers - instead of letting things happen, they take control and make things happen. This [...]

Sports Team Chemistry and Dynamics in Sport

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Using DISC to Create High Performance Teams Great teamwork happens when your athletes embrace the philosophy that they should be the best person for the team rather than the best person on the team. In the selection process, athletes are competing brutally against each other in order to be selected. Once on the team, they are then expected to put the team first. This is quite a shift in thinking. However, if your athletes do not change their thinking, what is created is a non-united team – a team of individuals and this is not how you achieve team success.  […]

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