People of Inspiration in Sport
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Read about people in sport who have inspired us. We share their insights and enjoyable stories. Be motivated or encouraged by these true life stories of people who have achieved their goals. You may also be interested in our most popular, most recent and other categories of articles and videos.

Celebrating Olympic Curling Success

Congratulations to the USA Men’s Curling historical Gold Medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is exciting to win. It is exciting and especially inspiring when the win comes from behind. And it is phenomenal when this happens when the stakes are at their highest, on a world stage, and have never been done before. With the recent events at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, people all around the world were excited, inspired and enjoyed the phenomenon that events like this bring.

Coaching Quotes from the Best Sports Coaches

Women in Sport

Finding a great quote about coaching can turn your day around, give you a new breath of motivation, or even become an idea you hold onto for years to come.  We appreciate that with your busy lives, few have time to trawl the internet hoping to find a quote that you connect to.  So at Athlete Assessments, we have taken the time to compile this list of fantastic quotes by great Coaches! 

Inspirational People in Sport – Video Collection

SunriseRunnerWe all need a burst of inspiration from time to time, so we have compiled this list of our favorite videos about inspirational people in sport! Please comment with your favorite inspirational video so we can add it to this page for everyone’s benefit! Compiled by Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments.

Inspirational TED Talks for Sport

Amy Cuddy TED TalksTED Talks are some of the best around, with inspiring speeches from some of the world’s greatest thinkers. On this page we have compiled some of the greatest TED talks sport related videos. Whether you are a coach, athlete, or sports manager, these talks will inspire you to be the best you can be!

Inspirational Scenes from Sports Movies

SunsetRunnersWe all love the great scenes from sports movies, they stay with us long after the movie has ended. On this page we have collected our favorite scenes from sports movies!  Please comment with your favorite inspirational video so we can add it to this page for everyone’s benefit!

Ric Charlesworth – Lessons from an Olympic Coaching Great

charlesworth1In last weekend’s Sunday paper, there was an excellent interview by Robert Craddock with the Australian Men’s Hockey Coach, Ric Charlesworth, about the final selection of the team to represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympics.  If you don’t already know who Ric Charlesworth is, and especially if you’re a coach, I urge you to make it a priority to learn more about him.  (He’s written an number of excellent books, which makes this easier.)

“0.1%ers” and the Secrets of World-Class Coaches

darren_smith1On the weekend, I had the pleasure of watching a wonderful race at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup Triathlon for the women.  The eventual winner of the race was Vendula Frintova and she is coached by Darren Smith, a valued client of Athlete Assessments.  In fact, Darren had three of his athletes finish in the top five with Kate Roberts from South Africa and Sarah Groff from the USA (and his forth athlete competing was also in the top ten).  It does not get much better than that.

Bob Bowman – An Olympic Coach’s Strategies for Best Team Performance

Diving SwimmerRecently we saw a fantastic article which featured Michael Phelps’s Swimming Coach, Bob Bowman. Bowman shared his four strategies to create success in your organization, whether business or sport. Considering Bowman coached Michael Phelps to a record 22 Olympic medals (18 of those gold) his insight into what leaders can do to get the best team performance that is valuable for anyone involved in sport.

Sir Alex Ferguson: 8 Lessons for Success in Managing Teams

ferguson1Recently we saw a great article by Anita Elberse (Harvard Business School Professor) on Sir Alex Ferguson and his Eight Secrets of Success in Managing Teams.  Ferguson managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, and is regarded as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of Football. lberse had the unique privilege of studying the legendary coach’s leadership approach.

Lessons From Leicester

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Leicester City’s recent EPL title win has sparked a wave of reaction across the globe. An underdog story to compete with the best of them, Leicester City made an incredible turnaround after a 14th place finish for the 2014-15 season — their first season back in the Premier League since 2004. So what can we learn from this? How did a team at 5000/1 come back to defeat the odds and win?

Roselee Jencke Inspirational Sports Coach

Roselee Jencke Queensland FirebirdsThe Mission Queensland Firebirds Netball Team have enjoyed an incredible 2011 Season, not only winning the ANZ Championship Grand Final, they did it undefeated for the entire season and breaking numerous team and individual records in the trans-Tasman series along the way. If ever there was a ‘perfect season’, they achieved it. Our Inspirational Coach Roselee Jencke led her team all the way, in only her second year with the Queensland team.

Mal Meninga Inspirational Sports Coach

malI was inspired by the recent article published in The Weekend Australian (12-13 February 2011, pages 41 and 43) about Rugby League Coach, Mal Meninga.  So inspired, I’ve decided to start a series about inspirational coaches and what I most value about their coaching philosophy and experiences they share. Mal Meninga has the prestigious honor of being the first in the series (not that I believe he will include being in my list on his CV of professional achievements!!).

LaDainian Tomlinson: A Tribute to a Great Reputation

tomlinson2In June 2012, NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson retired. The legacy he left with the San Diego Chargers demonstrates the reputation every athlete should aim for at the end of their career. In the hyped up world of NFL football, talented players are in every team and every play, in every game. So what sets one talented player apart from every other?  To briefly summarize an impressive career, it was not Tomlinson’s extraordinary ability which defined him and has set him apart.

Transitioning from Athlete to Coach: Jonny Wilkinson

Double_Call_Out_453x255_RS_CoachTransitioning from Athlete to Coach requires significant coach development. Success as an athlete does not automatically translate to success as a coach. Recently we saw a great article in The Telegraph, about the transition Jonny Wilkinson is making from athlete to coach. The legendary Rugby Union player has been doing all he can to ensure he manages this transition successfully, something that many former elite athletes struggle with. 

Tips for New Sports Coaches

coachIf you are a young coach starting out in the sporting world it can be hard to get advice.  Everyone has a different opinion on how to best interact with your athletes, their parents and club committees. I had a conversation with a rapidly progressing Hockey Coach, Jessie McCartney about the lessons he has learnt as a coach, both general advice and advice for starting a new role. 

Coaching Lessons from ‘The Blind Side’

FootballSunsetThe movie The Blind Side has been enjoyed by massive audiences around the world and deservingly so. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, see it as soon as you can. It is an outstanding movie all round and especially for sports coaches, it is an important reminder to watch their own blind side too. Often for coaches their blind side is missing the understanding of their individual athletes.

The Teacher will arrive when the Student is ready to Learn

Atlanta“The Teacher will arrive when the Student is ready to Learn…” I read this quote after my competitive rowing career had finished. Maybe I would not have understood it had I seen it when I was rowing anyway. Looking back on my days as an elite athlete, I think of how differently I would have approached many situations. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. With experience and knowledge we can make better choices in how we behave. 

Admiral McRaven Commencement Speech

Track1Here we have provided you with a transcript of Naval Admiral McRaven’s Commencement Speech at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17.”President Powers, Provost Fenves, Deans, members of the faculty, family and friends and most importantly, the class of 2014.  Congratulations on your achievement. It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT. I remember a lot of things about that day.

Crucial Simplicity

Am Football practiceWe’d like to share with you this extraordinary story below.  I re-found it recently and shared it with a number of our clients and they loved it as much as I did.  Crucial Simplicity is an excellent example of how the best head coaches get the most important things right.  This short story is inspiring in its simplicity and is all about achieving the best from your players and athletes, when it matters the most.

Bo Hanson on his Olympic Rowing Career

BO HEADSHOTIn this video clip, Bo talks about his Rowing Career, his experiences at the Olympics and the coaches who had the biggest impact on his life. In 1992, Bo became the youngest-ever rowing Olympian for Australia.  Since that first Olympics, Bo has won bronze medals in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Cracking the Sports Performance Code

RowingFadedHow do teams or individual athletes come from behind to win? We’ve seen many spectacular examples of this in the past and a recent discussion with one of our client coaches was about this topic specifically. He is a college coach in the USA and their team, on two occasions this season had been well outside the likely range of winning, yet charged from behind to spectacular wins against the best competition in their competition. It got me thinking about the lessons we learn when we win and the lessons we learn when we do not get the result we want.

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