2) What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?
3) What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
The quality, quantity and detailed nature of my sessions on a weekly basis are key to allowing me to perform to the best of my ability and for a long period of time.
4) What would be your ultimate achievement?
To play professionally.
5) What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
I am probably my biggest challenge. I need to manage everything I do, from my diet, my lifestyle, my training, everything to the last detail has to be thought about and worked on so I can ultimately achieve my goal.
6) What 1-2 things do you believe makes you different from fellow competitors who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
Fearless on the pitch, and I really focus on my technical ability. I am a perfectionist on the pitch, always expect the best at everything I do.
7) Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites,
I’m always looking for different things that would improve my game, I religiously get the 442 magazine and go straight to the performance chapter.
8) What was the best advice you were ever given?
It is such a simple thing that was said to me, by a coach I really admire and has helped a lot, but it was just "put your head down, do the hard work and you will get there".
9) Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
Not particularly, I try to just be laid back, which proved to be a challenge for me.
10) Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Wanting to win!
11) How has sport psychology helped you with your performance?
Personally sports psychology has helped my performances because it has helped me improve my character on the pitch, with the help of psychologists I have learned to be more calm, and to just keep digging away at my goals.
12) What do you think athlete’s opinion of hiring a sport psychologist is? And what benefits do you think people would gain from having sport psychology support?
I know some athletes believe that it is useless, people think sport is soley based on physical, technical and tactic aspects. I believe that the mental aspect is one of the biggest factors in high level sport. In my opinion hiring a sports psychologist isn’t going to ever have a detrimental effect on your performance, so at the end of the day you either listen and apply it or don’t.
13) What type of things do you think a sport psychologist can help with? Or what things has being involved in sport psychology helped you with?
A sports psychologist can help you in more ways than I ever thought they could, sport psychology plays a part in your character building, your technical performance, your tactical ability and your physical capacity.
14) What things can coaches do to motivate you and make you perform at your best? What things does your coach (previous coach) do to build your confidence and motivate you?
To be honest, when it comes to game days I like to be left and not bombarred with information and inspirational speeches. Training is when I like to be given information whether its about how I have to play, or improvements I need to make on my game. I'm not big on praise being given to me and a pat on the back everytime I do something good. I'm at the stage in my career that I know myself if I have done bad or good. All the coaches I work with now or recently know this about me, so I am normally just left to get on with things.
15) What things does your coach (and previous coaches) do that makes you feel worse about performing/distract you/make your performance decrease?
I used to get so worked up if I was getting shouted at for doing something wrong and used to think that coaches were on my case all the time, which did have a detrimental effect on my performances. But through growing up and maturing, and also the help of sports psychology that isn’t the
16) What advice would you give coaches to help get the best out of their players?
The one bit of advice for coaches would be that they have to learn the needs of each individual player and work around that, some players like/need praise to perform at their best, other don’t. Some need
motivated others don’t. It's all about learning about each individual and what works best for them.
17) What advice would you give players to help them perform at their best?
Block out what they don’t what or what is going to have a negative effect on them and seek what they know will allow them to perform at their best.