Sport Stories Podcast
Sport Stories Podcast: Review of the first 30 episodes

Sport Stories Podcast: Review of the first 30 episodes

October 26, 2020
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A quick review of the first 3 series of the Sport Stories Podcast. 30 fantastic episodes with a range of individuals involved in sport.  I share my 10 key reflections and some of the things that most resonated with me! 

If you take half as much as I did from the stories that were shared then its worth a listen!

 

As always  - get in touch at www.sportstories247.com or leave a review on Apple Podcasts (or your preferred pod. provider) 

Greg Baker – Head Coach British Para Table Tennis, Performance Mentor and Executive Coach

Greg Baker – Head Coach British Para Table Tennis, Performance Mentor and Executive Coach

October 19, 2020

If you want to be the best coach (or person!) you can be, perform at the highest level, achieve success following success or build a performance culture then this is definitely a listen for you.

Greg shares many insights in working with para athletes, building teams for the Olympic games as well as how he has managed himself though the highs and lows of his career in sport.

Greg has 20+ years experience of being involved in High Performance Sport as an Athlete, Coach, Head Coach, Executive Coach and Performance Mentor

Given that Greg has a real passion for building teams and cultures through people I can assure you that there will be some fantastic take aways and tips for you the work on.

 

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Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
Follow Dave:
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3

 

Success Quote or saying:

  • Parental support and caring was crucial
  • Coach athlete relationship – it’s 2 way relationship to be successful
  • As we get older and more experienced, we need that challenge even more to keep us learning and improving
  • I realised I didn’t know all the answers
  • Culture develops and changes depending on your context
  • Make sure you have leaders everywhere that want to step up
  • It comes back to principles, values and common purpose
  • To influence yourself you have to be able to influence yourself first
  • The more you can align your behaviours and your intentions the better
  • Take in the input and perspective of others to make really informed decisions
  • Ask great questions to challenges others (athletes) assumptions and beliefs
  • Knowing what type of approach to take given the situation – psychological flexibility
  • Be bold in your vision and meticulous in your planning (Shakleton)

  

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are? 

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic by Alfred Lansing

Score Takes Care Of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules by L. David Marquet

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t think you have all the answers

Don’t think that everyone else has all the answers – you have a view and perspective.

Listen, learn and be curious from an early age!

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My parents – they supo

Neil Robinson

Matt Kenny

Andrew Rushton

Gorazd Vecko

 

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Eddie Jones

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

 

How well do you know yourself – What do you need to do to uncover your blind spots or be re assured that what is perceived and what is actually received is aligned?

2

 

How do your reset yourself before every interaction so that you bring the best version of you to all your relationships and interactions?  What do you need to do to ensure that this reset is effective for you?

 

Contact info:

 

LinkedIn – Greg Baker   (Head Coach at British Para Table Tennis)

 (further contact details can be found on LinkedIn if needed)

Emma Brunning - Head Triathlon Coach, People Developer and Founder of Activblu

Emma Brunning - Head Triathlon Coach, People Developer and Founder of Activblu

October 12, 2020

“Everything I have ever been through helped me with my resilience - My accident taught me that I have just got to keep failing”

The shy girl taking risks, traveling and working around the world, working in loads of different contexts, really understanding and working with some brilliant people right through to overcoming a brain injury (and a horrific accident) and managing energy were all covered.

What an incredible and inspirational journey of highs and lows that is well worth a listen.

Emma shares some great strategies and tips that have helped her to be the positive, adventurous and fun loving person she is today!

Invest in yourself and take a listen as they may help you!

Here is how Emma would describe herself and what she does...

I am passionate about working with people in the outdoors, sports and arts. I have always worked in personal development, although the context has changed over the years from working for charities, lecturing at a University and working as a learning and development consultant. 

My passion to inspire and support people has taken me across the world, working in a board range of environments. This has taught me the importance of respecting different cultures, working in diverse environments and being open to different ways of working. 

I currently work as a contractor for International Triathlon Union as a facilitator, British Triathlon Federation, Premier League, Swim Smooth as well as managing my own business specialising in Coaching, mentoring and consulting. 

 

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For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com

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Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
Follow Dave:
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3

 

Success Quote or saying:

  • I said yes to everything
  • How support individuals to take their right path
  • We often don’t appreciate what we have until it goes or we lose it. (or is taken from us!)
  • I now never take the small things for granted
  • Connected to those that loved me and connected to things that gave me energy
  • Facing into the things I needed to work on – breaking down to personal achievements
  • I looked beyond my future
  • Organisation enables me to be a free spirit
  • I always say YES to opportunities
  • Planning and free spirited are complimentary
  • Life is short and life is precious
  • Is the way we have always worked the right way – or it there potential for something different
  • Thoughts+ attitude and beliefs impact your behaviours
  • Language is really really important to connect with people
  • Learn from the past but don’t live there. Live in the present cos that all you have got – be present. Plan for the future but don’t live there either (courtesy of Grandad!)
  • Have rocks around you to support you

 

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The Magic of Metaphor: 77 stories for teachers, trainers & thinkers by Nick Owen

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

When not stressed – need to be out in nature

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Have confidence in yourself

I’m an ok. It is ok to be yourself.

Put my head up a bit more and be heard

Own who you are

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My grandad  (it was his birthday today!!!) He was a Buddhist

Jane Senior (friend and mentor)

Chris Roberts

 

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Sue Oldham (Held the record for eldest woman to swim the channel for many years)

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

 

What aspects of your life do you take for granted and how could you be more appreciative of them?

2

 

What are your energy ‘IN’ activities and what are your energy ‘OUT’ activities?  What is the balance of these and what do you need to do to ensure an even more positive balance?

 

Contact info:

Website: www.activeblu.co.uk

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-brunning-7363971b6/

Twitter: Emma Brunning @ActiveBlu 

Instagram: Active.Blu 

Facebook: Active Blu 

Jen Lace – Head of Sports Psychology and Personal Development at Nottingham Forest Football Academy previously at Burnley FC.

Jen Lace – Head of Sports Psychology and Personal Development at Nottingham Forest Football Academy previously at Burnley FC.

October 5, 2020

Definitely not a frivolous conversation! Eating disorders, powerful conversations, developing emotional literacy, working under pressure, looking after your well-being are all covered in this free flowing and natural conversation.

 

Jen also touched on her role as a practitioner and powerfully showed how she has learnt from her past experiences and uses this to inform her life and practice today.

There is something for all listeners as Jen shares many principles and tips to be used in a wide variety of environments.

Making these connections is key and Jen does it brilliantly!

                                     

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Success Quote or saying:

  • Generate quality during tiny collisions
  • High performing people know what works for them (Roberto Martinez)
  • Weekly professional reflection log not to get ‘drunk’ on the highs and lows
  • Exercise your chimp and de load
  • Create a voice note to de-load
  • Got to be able to say it from the side-line
  • Can’t influence what I don’t know
  • If we work with the individual it will impact the multiple environments the exist within
  • The importance of getting different things from different relationships

 

Quick fire questions:

The books (or Podcasts) that you would recommend are?

Doing Sport Psychology by Mark B. Anderson

Psychology in Football: Working with Elite and Professional Players by Mark Nesti

The Learning Scientist Podcast

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Be strict with your time

Good quality sleep

De-load or an outlet

Have people round you that don’t know your work context

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t worry about things as much.

Trust the process and have an open mind

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Jason Blake

Mark Nesti

Lewis Craig

Ian Jones from Burnley

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

·       Claire Davidson

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

How do you find talking about both positive and negative emotions and emotional events? What would you best friend or parent say?

2

How do you create or alleviate pressure situations for yourself and others?

 

Contact info:

LinkedIn

Jennifer Lace

Twitter

@Lace_jen

Ian Braid - MD and Founder DOCIA sport and former CEO British Athletes Commission

Ian Braid - MD and Founder DOCIA sport and former CEO British Athletes Commission

September 28, 2020

A genuine and vulnerable insight into the sporting journey of Ian Braid – dedicated to Nina Foord who sadly passed away recently.

Nina typified the amazing work that volunteers do in sport and also impacted on Ian’s journey from being a young boy volunteering at the local rugby club right the way through to championing the cause  and providing support for both athletes and those that help the athletes.

Ian shares some of the highs and lows of his career including some personal challenges but what is clear is the impact he has had on the sporting system and many individuals by bringing attention to some hugely important issues.

Below is a little more detail about Ian. I am confident that he will make you think and that there are some great take away messages from the podcast. Enjoy!

Ian has brought together his significant experience in sport and his passion for helping others under the umbrella of DOCIAsport the company he founded in 2017. He brings a refreshing and independent view to all aspects of duty of care in sport from the perspective of coaches, officials, athletes, administrators, and the sector itself. Ian is acknowledged as a trusted leader whose opinions are widely sought after in sport, higher education, government, and business.  He is recognised as a champion of mental health education. DOCIAsport has been shortlisted for a national award as Mental Health Consultancy 2020 and Ian himself is a fellow of the Mental Health Collective. Ian has given acclaimed keynote presentations, lectures, podcasts, and workshops throughout the UK.

His vision as CEO of the British Athletes Commission led to the sector strengthening the support offered to vulnerable adults in sport. He also played a key role in the DCMS review of duty of care in sport assisting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. These became the platform for Ian to deliver sustainable positive change in sport, mental health provision and for the next generation of sport leaders applying his values, skills, and experience

 

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For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com

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Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3

 

Success Quote or saying:

  • Everything is worth the price of a cup of coffee…
  • I have to believe that changes can be made…
  • I didn’t appreciate the other persons point of view until I stood in their shoes and walked around
  • Take and give care – David Lavalle

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

Legacy by James Kerr

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Take and give care (Self and others)

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Dame Tanni Grey Thompson

Ed Simpson – good friend and Lawyer

Fred the Dog

 

Family and Mrs Braid

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Michael Jamieson, Olympian

This is the Tedx talk referred to in the podcast

https://youtu.be/oU6M7ZDVDN8

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

Where and how do you give time to others and what is the nourishment you get back in return for doing this?

2

How do you give care to yourself and what is your gage to know what is working for you and what is not?

 

Contact info:

Website

www.dociasport.co.uk

Email

ian@dociasport.co.uk

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-braid-fmhc-484238

Twitter

@DOCIA_sport

 

 

Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie - Former Aus. Cricketer, Sussex and South Aus. Redbacks Head Coach

Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie - Former Aus. Cricketer, Sussex and South Aus. Redbacks Head Coach

September 21, 2020

A fantastic insight into the cricketing story of Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie. From the cricket obsessed young boy in Sydney right the way through to leaving his mark on English county cricket and returning to be Head Coach back in South Australia.

Dizzy shares some brilliant insights into how he became the cricketer he did, the key influences along the way and how and why they helped him and also the approach and philosophy he now takes as a Head Coach into building performance teams and cultures in cricket.

True to form Jason shares his story in the most genuine and humble way – yet with a real steeliness, determination, and ambition.

This is a must listen to conversation if you are parent, coach, sports fan or even a business leader interested in performance and learning environments. There is something in here for everyone!

Beware – there is no mention of that extremely high batting score he made as a night watchman in his final test!

 

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For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com

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YouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel

Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
Follow Dave:
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SummitDave
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3

 

Success Quote or sayings:

  • Give yourself the best chance
  • When injured or down, plan the pathway back
  • Leave no stone unturned
  • Give myself the very best chance
  • All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough
  • Hard work and smart work never goes away
  • If you are going to do something g – do it properly
  • Make the best decisions you can as often as you can

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

Two Lengths of the Pool: Sometimes the simplest ideas have the greatest impact by Simon Hartley 

 

3 ingredients for a top performing culture

Open to learning and being adaptable

Positivity

No whinging

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Have a plan – prepare physically as this helps you prepare mentally

Build up a bank of evidence by preparing to the best of my ability

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My late farther (his work ethic, his positivity)

Jeff Hammond

John Buchanan

Mark Taylor

Steve Waugh

Glen Mcgrath (matter of fact and his self belief)

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Roger Federer

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

Who is the person or persons in your life that have or currently show unwavering belief in you – how do they do this?

2

The theme of importance of trust came through in the conversation…

What is your relationship with ‘trust’? Do you trust others until it is broken or do people have to earn your trust in advance?

 

Contact info:

Contact hello@sportstories247.com if you would like to make contact with Jason or contact him via the following

Club Twitter

@dizzy259

Instagram

Dizzy259

Sanjiv Arora - Former FIFA Sports Lawyer And Founder/CEO AFM

Sanjiv Arora - Former FIFA Sports Lawyer And Founder/CEO AFM

September 14, 2020

Extraordinary events at FIFA, broadcasting deals in football, what it takes to be a sports lawyer, the highs and lows of the job and the desire for a greater representation of British Asian footballers were some of the great insights and views Sanjiv shared.

It is not often you get and honest and open insight into these very timely and topical areas from somebody who has such personal experiences.

This is a great conversation and one not to miss!

Sanjiv has over the past two decades carved out a legal career at the highest levels of sports administration, including at FIFA and beIN Sports.

This podcast provides a glimpse into that journey as well as insight into what attributes are necessary to be a success in the field of sports law.

He also describes his latest venture and his intention to provide opportunities within the football community.

You can follow Sanjiv on Twitter @SanjivArora1978 as well as contact him directly via LinkedIn for any matters related to sports administration, legal advice or career development"

 

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For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com

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Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3

 

Success Quotes or sayings:

The way you treat people when you are on the way up is the way you will be treated when you are on the way down

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson  

Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Self-awareness is key to allow preparation in areas where I feel less comfortable

Put yourself in their shoes and use your empathy

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Hard work – you can’t escape from it!

Don’t be too hard on yourself

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Many, from family members, to work colleagues and management. Garnering tips & knowledge on how to behave & also, importantly, how not to behave!

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

People who are in power in football – injected with a truth serum

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What in your life do you need to stop putting energy into and leave behind for the benefit of your personal and professional wellbeing?

2

How can you identify and move closer to engaging in your ‘passion project’ more of the time?

 

Contact info:

If you would like to make contact with Sanjiv please make contact with him direct of contact me at sportstories247@gmail.com and I will pass on your details.

 

Twitter

@SanjivArora1978

LinkedIn

SanjivArora

 

Paul Smith - (5/5) Ex professional cricketer & England 6s World record holder now Writer, Author, Speaker

Paul Smith - (5/5) Ex professional cricketer & England 6s World record holder now Writer, Author, Speaker

September 7, 2020

Cricket without Boundaries: Cricket can make a difference to communities throughout the world. Paul went into the townships of South Africa and difficult communities within the United States to make a difference to society using the vehicle of cricket.

Paul has always been up for a challenge and has always looked to put his cricket experiences and passion to good use!  Paul did and continues to want to make a difference.

This is a fascinating insight and something a little different.

It would be great to hear what you think and also let me know what your answers are to the questions posed.

 

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Coaching Questions based on reflections from the Conversation

1

How could you better use your past experiences to make a positive impact?

2

What personal legacy would you like to leave in relation to your community and what do you need or start doing to accomplish this?

 

 

 

 

Steve Avory - Academy Manager at  Charlton Athletic Football Club

Steve Avory - Academy Manager at Charlton Athletic Football Club

August 31, 2020

Charlton Athletic Academy Manager – Steve Avory - shares a fabulous insight into his journey through sport as a player, PE teacher coach and senior Academy Leader, as well as some of the challenges and pressures he faces running a successful football academy.

 

We covered a variety of topics including following your passion, dreams and interest; The fact it takes time to have a real influence on young players and develop talent; Passing his A License and this being a defining moment in his career and the importance of purposefully practising what you do.

To hear from such an experienced and humble practitioner who rose to success through determination and a desire to continually learn and who has identified and developed some great talent was a real privilege – take a listen as there is a little something in this for players and parents, teachers, coaches and leaders.

Steve Avory is one of Charlton’s most important members of staff. What an opportunity to hear him speak!

Here is an overview of Steve’s career and some of the many key achievements…

  • From NE Derbyshire ( born in Chesterfield )
  • Teacher Training College 1976 – 79
  • Schoolteacher in Bexley, Kent and Crawley, Sussex. 1979 – 2000. PE Teacher
  • Charlton Athletic Academy, Jan 2001 – present, Assistant Academy Manager, Head of Coaching, Academy Manager ( in 2 spells totalling 9 years )

 

       Notable career achievements / milestones :

  • ‘A’ Licence Coach since 1985
  • Team Manager England Schools FA Under 15, 1991- 94.
  • Assistant Manager / Coach England ‘ C ‘ Team ( Semi Pro ) 2003 – 09 ( we didn’t talk on this one. Never mind )
  • Premier League Eamonn Dolan Award 2018. Recognition Award for services to Youth Development.

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Success Quotes or sayings:

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.  (Vince Lombardi)

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. (Michael Jordan)

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

Winning!: The path to Rugby World Cup glory by Clive Woodward

Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson

Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance by Matthew Syed

 

Read a daily newspaper – read from back to front!

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Stay fit and healthy, Exercise, Run. Be well prepared and structured.

Listen to the radio and music in the car to disconnect from work

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

What is your interest, and have you got a passion – this is a starting point!

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My Grandfather

PE Techer – Glen Beaumont

Colin Murphey

Dick Bate

Don Howe

Paul Hart

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Michael Jordan

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

Steve believed it was important to have something at the top of his Podium to reach for – What are you reaching for at the top of your podium – What is your passion?

2

Steve mentioned that passing his A license was a defining point in his life. What has been a defining moment for you in your life so far and why?

 

Contact info:

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Chris Cook - Former Double Olympian, Double Commonwealth Champion and  founder of Swim Buddies

Chris Cook - Former Double Olympian, Double Commonwealth Champion and founder of Swim Buddies

August 24, 2020

A double Olympian talking about dreaming big and starting small, following your heart and doing what you love, how we become what we practice and why not pick up the pen and write your own chapter. These are some of the many brilliant insights, tips and phrases Chris shared in this honest and humble conversation.

Chris also gave an interesting perspective as a business owner offering a sport service to parents as well as being a parent himself.

I learnt loads and so could you – take some time to listen in!

Below is a bit more of a background to Chris…

After competing for Great Britain for nearly 10 years, Chris hung up the trunks and retired from international swimming and began working with businesses/organisations far and wide to help inspire, mentor and coach people to embrace 'challenge and change' for their optimal performance. Chris has built a reputation as a motivational speaker throughout the last 7 years working from referral to referral, sharing his story and the lessons learnt from the journey with over 400,000 people. Throughout this time, Chris designed and delivered an Olympic Inspiration Programme for children to schools across Kent (UK) which reached over 300 schools spanning 6 years.

In 2011 Chris was a lead mentor on a the 'Sky Sports Living for Sport' - inspiration programme across the UK & Ireland. The programme was designed to assist disengaged people from society to get back on track. This role involved training up former Olympians and World Class Athletes to deliver inspirational talks and mentoring/coaching programmes. The role involved working with the most challenging of young people whilst coaching athletes to transition from sport to mentoring.

During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Chris was selected to mentor and coach the next generation of Olympians on the 'Ambition Programme'. This programme involved taking 350 potential Olympians to experience an Olympic games (London). Chris's role was mentor the athletes to maximise the whole experience and to expand their personal development.

Here and now .... Currently, Chris and his wife Erica, run their own Learn to swim business - 'Swim Buddies' which has seen the business (located in Darlington, UK) grow from 7 swimmers in their first week in September 2014 through to over 900 children swimming with Swim Buddies every week.

Chris's coaching, speaking and mentoring is centred around personal development. Whether it's in the water helping swimmers or on dry land in business and life, Chris believes that success is something you attract from the person you become.

 

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Success Quotes or sayings:

  • Don’t have a job – have a purpose
  • Dream big and start small
  • If you follow what you love doing then you will never have to do a days work in your life
  • The power of ‘yet’
  • Can only connect the dots looking backwards – not looking forwards
  • You know who is in your camp through moments of turbulence
  • Hard work still works
  • Take your own control – pick up the pen and write your own chapter
  • Life is not linear – it is ok to fail and learn from it
  • You go to the blocks alone – you have to execute it
  • Brilliant facing your fears because you expand – anything that expands does not fully retract back
  • You can’t shrink your way to success
  • We become what we practice
  • Do what you love doing and bring it alive is the first step towards creating ‘Happy Accidents’
  • ‘Yes and’ rather than ‘yes but’
  • If you want extraordinary you have to scaffold extraordinary moments
  • It is not an information issue it’s an implementation issue – just do it!

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

·       Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life by Tony Robbins

 

·       Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

 

·       7 Strategies For Wealth And Happiness: Power Ideas from America's Foremost Business Philosopher by Jim Rohn

 

Technology I use often

Zoom is definite

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Know yourself is key – I create a visual to stay focussed

Reflect over own shoulder and not compare to others

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Care less about what people think of me and go for it. Change opinions through showing others not telling them.

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My wife who provides unwavering belief in me/us.

Ian Oliver – Coach who took me to the top

My grandad – gave me perspective. Nothing was too serious!

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Chris Hoy

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What can you do to ensure you have more ‘Happy Accidents’?

2

Who is it that walks alongside you and helps you to not fear anything and be a true version of yourself?

 

Contact info:

website

www.chriscookgb.com

www.swimbuddies.co.uk

Twitter

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LinkedIn

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Email

info@chriscookgb.com

 

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