My name is Olivia Hand I am 17 years old and I live in Edinburgh. I am currently a student who spends 95% of my time doing karate. I have been fighting for 10 years and I started due to family links to the sport. My biggest accomplishments in karate are probably becoming European Champion 2 years in a row, Scottish International Champion and British International Champion. In training I work hard on my speed and my explosiveness when I fight. My ultimate achievement in karate would be winning the WKF World Championships or the World Combat Games.
My biggest challenge is believing in myself and I manage this by keeping my head high and remembering why I do what I do. One of the things which make me different from fellow competitors who have tailed off is my focus, I know what I
want to achieve and I won’t stop until I get there, I am also head over heels in love with what I do.
I recommend my sport psychologist Tracy Donachie who has
lit a fire under me and reminded me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to, also ‘The Secret to Success’ by Eric Thomas inspired me a lot. I live by the motto my dad taught me. ‘its not the size of the person in the fight that matters, it’s the size of the fight in the person’. The best advise I’ve been
given was by my coach, Chris Ewing. ‘You will never get anywhere by going backwards.’
Hiring a sport psychologist was one of the best decisions my parents and I have ever made. One of the benefits I felt from having a sport psychologist is that I no longer second guess myself when I compete. My coach motivates me to perform my best by getting me siked up and giving me a slap on the back and a fist bump and then I’m in the zone and ready to do! Although sometimes my coach can make me even more nervous than I already am. I think coaches should always be positive and do not let their athletes see they are disappointed or something until after the competition is over as it can sometimes stress an athlete out.
I think all athlete’s should have a dream and that dream should be with them 24/7 in everything they do. ‘STAY HUNGRY, FEAST ON SUCCESS’