Tom Williams has had an incredible 13 year career with the Harlequins Rugby team as a player and now as a coach. But no career is without being tested and having the confidence smashed out of you – especially rugby. In 2009 Tom was banned from rugby after being caught up in scandal, knows as ‘The Bloodgate Scandal” in a desperate attempt to win a Heineken Cup match against Leicester. Tom shares with us how stressful it was, how his confidence was knocked and what it took for him to come fighting back and being voted “Players Player of the year in 2012”. His role as a coach is inspirational and educational to any manager or those in a leadership role as he shares how he handles different situations & individuals. It is clear this coaching role is a natural one for Tom as he shares stories of his coaching methods.
Hugo is the cox for the Cambridge University Boat Crew that rowed their way to victory in the The Boat Race 2018. The cox has to keep the crew motivated and working together as a team not just for the race but also the previous 7 months training. After 3 years of loses Hugo never lost his determination. He “had unfinished business” at the end of every race and knew they were making marginal gains which would result in a big win. Hugo reminds us about the power of working together as a team and taking every “loss” as an opportunity for learning lessons.
Daphne is a strong leader. Not only as President of the Cambridge University Womens Boat Club but making history as a member of the first female crew to row The Boat Race in 2015 and being the first person of colour to ever compete in this prestigious event. We discuss how rowing increases Daphnes’ productivity in her studies, the importance of psychological preparation and team communication ensuring an understanding and respect for how each individual will manage stress.
Mike Shaw, professional skier and coach suffered a life changing spinal cord injury in December 2013. He was told he would never walk again. But 5 months later he beat all the odds and I watched Mike walk out of hospital. Mike shares with us how gratitude got him through his recovery and how he had blind belief and trust that he would walk again. Outside of his injury he shares with us his insights as a coach for the Canadian Development Team and how that relates to his new role as an entrepreneur.
Shit happens, and Mikes story will help motivate you to battle through and come out the other side. You can catch the Redbull Documentary on Mikes “The Healing Agent” on Redbull TV and he has an unbelievable TedTalk “Grief Happens”. If you ever feel like there is no way out – this is your podcast!
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