Achieving Excellence in High Performance Sport. Experiences by Tim Kyndt

By Tim Kyndt

What does it take for someone beginning out of their profession to reach a hugely hard atmosphere? except the technical abilities, what are the main values, attitudes and behaviours that carry awesome functionality in a continuously altering and significant world?

This booklet examines those questions in the not easy global of elite activity, a degree that locations laborious pressures not just at the devoted athletes, but in addition at the behind the curtain expertise of coaches, scientists and clinical help staff.

With case reviews and interviews all through, this e-book offers scholars with a pragmatic research of the non-public strengths, decision and interpersonal talents required to arrive the pinnacle. The ebook additionally comprises sensible counsel for college kids wishing to start a occupation in elite activities, together with additional examining, web pages and get in touch with info of enterprises at this elite point.

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When you grow up with four brothers in the house, everything is about competition. It was everyone’s dream to make the Olympics. Everything was about making the most of a training opportunity: down a bank at the side of the supermarket Asda in South Shields there were these three metal barriers about 12 or 13 strides apart, similar to the 400m hurdles. So when I was in town I’d get to the top of that hill and I would run those hurdles every time. ’ Jared recalled that promise to himself eight years later at the Sydney Olympic Games, as he sat at the starting block as the lead-off member of the Team GB 4 x 400m relay squad.

He’s one of the most genuine people I know and you appreciate the time he puts into coaching you so much more. David Riley Athlete Even so, Jared acknowledges the substantial coaching support of his brother Dave, 11 years older than him: He was always there. He took me [as my coach] from 60 seconds to 45 seconds. There was still that unambiguous core drive, which Jared recalls from those early days at the track: It was very much about being there. I just purely enjoyed running fast. Just being at a track on a hot balmy night and running free.

Keep improving, keep learning. There’s always more that can be done. For those starting out in this field, I would say you are at the start of a fantastic journey, and how that journey unfolds and where it leads is up to you. Use the skills you have been taught and listen to the voices in this book while asking yourself what you would do in each situation. Get to know yourself, challenge yourself and set no limits on yourself. Everything that has gone before can be bettered and this is your opportunity to make that difference.

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