Lessons From a Former Athlete; What I Want My Sons to Know by Matt Roberts
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● We are never defined by what we achieve.
● The only real limits you’ll encounter are those created in your mind.
● Happiness exists now, not when you achieve your next goal.
● Listen to your body, it doesn’t lie. You can kid yourself, but you will get injured if you push too hard.
● Everyone is born with different gifts but…
It’s Never Too Late... by Eugene Amo-Dadzie
Name: Eugene Amo-Dadzie
Performance Level: International Level
Contribution topic area: Mindset
Who Am I?
I am a Christian, qualified chartered accountant, husband, and father to the most beautiful girl in the world. I made the decision to take up the sport at the age of 26 after a good friend of mine asked me why I had never considered pursuing a sport I have always been very passionate about. I guess the rest is history as here I am 4 seasons later wiser, more re…
It's Okay to Not Be Okay by Darcey Kuypers
📸 by Geoff Lowe
When I was around 4 years old, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder known as Selective Mutism. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s when a child or adult does not refuse or choose not to speak at certain times, they’re literally unable to speak. The expectation to talk to certain people triggers a freeze response with feelings of panic, like a bad case of stage fright, and talking is impossible.
Although I got help when I was younger, this anxiety disorder manifests in m…
Bottling Things Up Does NOT Work, Trust Me... by Brydon Duncan
Name: Brydon Duncan
Event: Discus Throw
Performance Level: National Level
Contribution topic area: Mental Health
Who Am I?
My name is Brydon Duncan, I’m from Bromley, south-east London and I’m approaching my 18th birthday. I started athletics in 2019, as an upper U15. The reason I started doing discus is largely due to the fact that I was so much bigger than my peers, throughout my entire childhood. I’ve always been a large person, reaching 6ft tall before my 13th birthday, an…
The American Dream: A Bed Of Roses, Or A Mass Of Thorns? by Catherine Reid
📸 by Jodi Hanagan
The NCAA experience is one that differs from person to person. You should never take one person's time in America as gospel, as you can guarantee you’ll find something differs in your time there. It is all dependent on your school, your coach, your degree, and obviously, yourself.
My time in the USA was one with many ups, a lot more downs, but an experience I wouldn't change for the world.
University of Georgia, Division 1 NCAA
The main positive I would take from it, was how…
Team Selection: Why Do We Try So Hard? by Dan Putnam
Track and field is tough.
Grinding it out almost every single day, through bitter, cold winter nights, all to try and make the smallest improvements that could be the difference between representing your country or not in major Championships. The one saving grace is that our sport is based on facts; who can run the fastest time, jump the highest, throw the furthest, so in theory if your performance is better than your rivals, the selection is guaranteed, right? Well, apparently not.
My career has …
A Message to Those Who are “One-Step Below the Top” by Jacob Nelson
Featured image by Jodi Hanagan
Generally in sport there seems to be a bigger emphasis on who the winners, medalists or top runners are. This can be seen across many sports, with track & field being no exception. This emphasis can create difficulties for those who are one-step below the top guys, with feelings of inadequacy being one that hits close to home for myself.
My name is Jacob, I’m mainly a 200m athlete. At youth and junior levels I regularly made finals in the 200m at the English Schools’…
Female Athlete Triad & REDs: My Recovery by Cerian Harries
If you could talk to your younger self, I wonder what you’d say?
Would you tell yourself to stop putting so much pressure on yourself?
Would you tell yourself that fast times aren’t determined by what you eat?
Would you tell yourself that thinner doesn’t equal faster?
I certainly would.
I had known for a while that something wasn’t quite right. Irregular menstrual cycles... cold hands and feet... always tired... lean, but not strong. I knew there was something, but didn’t want to admit it. Then my me…
Body Image in Sport: I. Am. Fed. Up. by Ella Revitt
📸 by Jodi Hanagan
I. Am. Fed. Up.
Fed up of hearing sports commentators discuss a professional athlete’s weight, size and body shape. Fed up of watching runners – and more importantly, friends – lose their way in the sport in attempts to achieve some sort of aesthetic or “ideal.” Fed up of hearing how scary sugar and fat and carbohydrate is. Fed up of being unable to help.
I’m fed up of the obsession we have with athlete’s bodies. Do they have a period? Have they lost/gained weight? Are they eating…
Post-Viral Fatigue and Over-Training: How to Avoid, How to Cope, How to Recover by Daniel Rees
📸 by Jodi Hanagan
Post-viral fatigue syndrome is nothing new. Yet in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become a far more prevalent issue, with swathes of people struggling to make a full recovery from the initial infection. Dubbed “long Covid”, the drawn-out symptoms include severe fatigue, breathlessness, and anxiety. Below, I share my experience of post-viral fatigue, how I failed to avoid it, and what I am going to do differently this time around to ensure I don’t make the same mistak…
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