As a professional athlete, I was fortunate to have access to many amazing coaches who mentored me and pushed me to be the best I could be. The gold medal we won in the 2004 Olympics is a success that is shared with many great people who encouraged me, helped me through difficult moments and challenged me to push the boundaries of what I thought I could do.
To be clear, it also took a lot of personal hard work, dedication and focus. However, when you see a sprinter line up on the start line, he is the sole representative of a group of very dedicated people, all striving for gold. Without doubt, success in athletics is a collective not an individual effort.
So why this blog, why elite performance and why now? Most of you will know me from my time in sport. I spent over twenty years as a professional athlete, learnt my trade, gained experience and had my fair share of both successes and failures.
I learnt so much about myself physically, mentally and socially, and I leant heavily at times, on the support of those around me. Now, it’s time to give something back.
After officially retiring from athletics in 2013, the natural progression was into coaching. As a ‘speed consultant’ I was able to coach some of the finest sportsmen and women in Premier League football, rugby and athletics. As a business coach I gained access to CEOs, senior executives and outstanding performers from many different disciplines.
As you spend time with elite performers in sport and in business, you spot trends. You see patterns and those individuals face similar challenges. Opportunities present themselves for you to help people of all ages and backgrounds break through their own personal limitations and guide them on a path to greatness. Everyone needs someone to give them a little push.