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More Than Just An Athlete

At High Performance Parenting, we make a point of working with athletes whenever we can. I used to work as a rowing coach and I remain in contact with many of my former athletes. Some are still involved in sport at a high level and some have retired from sport and moved into a different section of their life, post sport. I am keen to support all these young athletes, whether I am helping to top up their UK Sport athlete funding, or mentoring an athlete through their transition from sport into the world of work, either way, it’s important to me.

But actually, there’s much more to it than that, this isn’t just jobs for the boys (and girls) of sport, I want to work with them because, quite frankly, they are amazing. Sport teaches young people important life lessons and encourages them to develop skills which make them truly invaluable in the workplace. They can accept constructive criticism and are willing to contribute in a similar way, for me that is incredibly valuable. I want to know what people think of my ideas, posts, workshops and public profile and these young athletes are used to the process of collaboration and honing ideas to try and reach a joint goal. They are brilliant time managers, they have to be, they have always had to squeeze their life in around training so they bring this discipline to the work place. They are risk-takers. They are not afraid to put the big ideas out there, to dream massive and then make a plan to get there. And then they are happy to reflect and assess along the way, re-shape the goals as we learn, and keep driving towards the agreed outcome. And when we fail, when it all goes a bit wrong and the big dream doesn’t quite come off, they are happy to laugh about it, shrug it off, learn the lessons and notch it up to experience, and then to repeat the whole process without being fearful of the outcome. ​

That’s why I work with athletes.

Thanks to:
Nick Middleton – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP Photography and Video content
Holly Norton – Current member of the British Rowing Team – HPP Website Designer
Heidi Christie – Former participant of British Rowing’s Start Scheme and member of the England Rowing Team – HPP Intern specialising in sport psychology
Monica Relph – Former member of the British Rowing Team – Invaluable advice on social media, networking and business development; participant in HPP panel interview video; HPP workbook contributor
Victoria Thornley – Current member of the British Rowing Team – Invaluable advice on nutrition
Pamela Relph MBE – Former member of the British Para-Rowing Team – Participant in HPP panel interview video; HPP workbook contributor
Olivia Carnegie-Brown – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP guest speaker for athlete workshops
Brianna Stubbs – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workshop and workbook contributor
Zoe de Toledo – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workshop and workbook contributor
MChris Bartley – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workshop and workbook contributor
Katherine Copeland MBE – Current member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workshop and workbook contributor
Erica Hall (Bodman) – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP Workbook contributor
Constantine Louloudis MBE – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workbook contributor
Charles Cousins – Former member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workbook contributor
Jack Beaumont – Current member of the British Rowing Team – HPP workbook contributor
Oxford University Women’s Boat Club – HPP workbook contributors

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