100 episodes

Steve Ingham, performance scientists, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

Supporting Champions Steve Ingham

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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

Steve Ingham, performance scientists, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

    Steve reflects on 100 episodes with Jamie Pringle

    Steve reflects on 100 episodes with Jamie Pringle

    After 100 episodes over 4 years, I take a chance to reflect on the lessons learned from hosting the Supporting Champions podcast and speaking with some of the world's best performers, coaches, support staff, mainly from sport but also from a range of other performance fields too.


    I'm joined by my close colleague, friend and initial podcast guest Dr Jamie Pringle to help me reflect.


     


    Episodes mentioned in the podcast
    Miss Val Kondos Field
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/029-miss-val-on-coaching-a-positive-culture-in-gymnastics/


    Mark Webber
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/071-mark-webber-on-racing-in-formula-one/


    Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/093-redgrave-and-pinsent-on-their-olympic-partnership/


    Katelyn Ohashi
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/030-katelyn-ohashi-on-finding-joy-in-gymnastics/


    Mel Marshall
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/067-mel-marshall-on-evolving-coaching/


    Alistair Brownlee
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/alistair-brownlee-on-a-sub-7-hour-ironman-triathlon/


    Dame Jessica Ennis Hill
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/042-jessica-ennis-hill-on-becoming-world-and-olympic-champion/


    Kelly Sotherton
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/014-kelly-sotherton-on-receiving-her-4x400m-medal-ten-years-late/


    Dave Smith
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/048-dave-smith-on-choosing-to-live/


    Louise Minchin
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/031-louise-minchin-from-the-bbc-breakfast-sofa-to-gb-team-triathlete/


    Mike Powell
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/099-mike-powell-on-records-rivalry-and-resilience/


    Emma Hatton
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/043-emma-hatton-west-end-star-on-sustaining-performance/


    Peter Vint
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/074-peter-vint-on-data-culture-and-athlete-development/


    Liz Stokoe
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/012-liz-stokoe-on-science-and-art-of-conversation/


    James Glover
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/051-james-glover-on-intentionality/

    • 38 min
    100: Sue Campbell on leadership and the power of sport

    100: Sue Campbell on leadership and the power of sport

    A very, very warm welcome to our 100th episode. Woo!


    A milestone for us having started the podcast just under 4 years ago.


    I truly hope you have enjoyed all the episodes. If you’ve listened to them all then kudos and thanks for being with us along the way. If you’re new in, then hello and I kind of envy you as there is a back catalogue just waiting for you to tune into. When I look back now only a few sections of the conversations are specific to time, and so the discussions are pretty evergreen.


    It’s been a pure joy to connect with so many great minds, thinkers, achievers, aspirers, supporters of others - I’m truly humbled and want to thank everyone who has been on the show. I want to say at this point a huge thank you to Rachel who caringly curates the podcast episodes, Rachel does this with a coach's eye for not only the dialogue but also for the deeper motivations, passions, concerns and insights that people share in the conversations. 


     


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    This week's guest is Baroness Dame Sue Campbell.


    Sue Campbell trained as a PE teacher, guiding inner city children in Moss side to embrace sport. 


    From humble yet so powerfully formative beginnings Sue has become one of the most effective and infectious leaders in modern sport. Sue founded the National Coaching Foundation, the Youth Sport Trust and became Chair of UK Sport from its early beginnings to becoming a world superpower. Sue now leads the English women's FA, in pursuit of growing the game. 


    Her achievements are profound and pioneering having led the development of support for coaches, children, whole system wide sports.  Recognition for her work includes 11 honorary degrees, appointed Baroness Campbell of Loughborough and Dame Commander in 2020.


    Throughout her career Sue has infused teams, organisations and the people within them to become better, lift the standards all in service of celebrating the power of sport to affect lives, show us that things are possible and to do so with deep respect for each other.


     


    Notes


    The importance of sport, for us and specifically children


    Football and its ability to reach parts of society that traditional legislation can’t


    The next challenge


    Designing a pathway for girls professional football. Creating the best professional league for women in the world


    Long termism


    Influencing


    Sue’s greatest challenges


    Growing Women’s Football in its own light


     


    Links


    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve


    Supporting Champions on;


    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs


    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions


    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions


     

    • 50 min
    099: Mike Powell on records, rivalry and resilience

    099: Mike Powell on records, rivalry and resilience

    This week’s guest is one of the most outstanding athletes ever, Mike Powell. Mike has held the long jump world record for the last 30 years, taking the mark from the legendary Bob Beamon - who held it himself for 23  years. The record stands at 8.95 m or in old money 29 feet 4 and a bit inches. When I do keynote speeches, one of my favourite things to do is to measure out Mike’s record just to illustrate some of the extraordinary feats elite athletes are capable of and it never, never fails to amaze me or an audience. Mike broke the record at the Tokyo World Championship in one of the most tumultuous tussles with the equally legendary athlete Carl Lewis, having played second fiddle to Carl for so many years.


    In the conversation Mike describes in such a colourful and engaging way how he went about pursuing the title, using Carl as a motivator, how he tapped into a coach that could take him to another level, how he harnessed sports psychology long before it was common place.


    If you can take a look at the youtube link in the below of the competition either as a reminder or to soak up for the first time what I would describe as one of the best head to head sporting competitions of all-time.


     


    Tokyo World Championship final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WfsAwvTSU


     


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    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse


    Notes


    The long jump record was a turning point in Mike’s life

    Mike Foul!

    Using fuel between Carl Lewis and himself as competition

    Stoking of aggression in order to fuel performance

    Visualisation with a sport psychologist

    Mike Powell’s coach Randy Huntington and his training methods

    Breaking the World Record but Carl had 2 jumps left and he ALWAYS came back

    What was it like experiencing the peak of his performance?

    Mike’s prediction!

    Adjusting to fame and the downsides

    Mike’s pearls of wisdom

    Being lean and strong is the key!


    Links


    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve


    Supporting Champions on;


    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs


    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions


    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions


    You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A

    • 1 hr 10 min
    098: Ben Ryan on culture

    098: Ben Ryan on culture

    This week’s guest is Ben Ryan. Ben coached the England Rugby Sevens team between 2007 and 2013. Ben then took a big leap of faith in taking up the head coach role with the Fijian team, leading them to Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics. In recognition of these achievements the IOC named Fiji as the best male team performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Ben was awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji, the highest order attainable on the Islands. Ben’s book documenting his journey, Sevens heaven won the Telegraph’s sports book of the year.


    Ben is a thoughtful, observant coach. He has a level of calm consideration for the environment he is in and the people he interacts with whether they’re a prop or a prime minister, which all manifests itself in an unambiguous focus on how he works, how he leads and how he creates the conditions for others to succeed. This approach makes him one of the most compelling coaches to listen to. 


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    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse


    Notes


    Talking in different languages

    Resources, foundations & communication

    Independent views is added value

    The commitment to Fiji

    Massaging egos

    Sausages!

    What did you learn and still reinforce whilst in Fiji?

    Ben’s North Star


    Links


    https://benryan.co.uk/


    https://benryan.co.uk/podcast/


    https://twitter.com/benjaminryan


    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve


    Supporting Champions on;


    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs


    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions


    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions


    You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A


     

    • 59 min
    097: Laurence Halsted on becoming a true athlete

    097: Laurence Halsted on becoming a true athlete

    This week’s guest is Laurence Halsted. Laurence is a former Olympic fencer, having competed at the London and Rio Olympics. Laurence retired after the Rio Olympics and is currently Performance Director of Danish Fencing. 


     


    Since retiring as an athlete Laurence has been supporting athletes in a bold new way to support the whole athlete, through holistic thinking, mentoring, developing self-awareness, care and mental health. He’s done this work with a company called The True Athlete Project and he has just published a book by the same title which lays out - in a very clear, logical inspirational and practical way.


     


    Notes


    Laurence explains a little of the fencing rules

    Performance Director for the Danish fencing team

    Post Games how do you debrief athletes?

    How to offset conditions to create change in sport

    The definition of a ‘true’ athlete

    ‘The second arrow’ & mentoring

    Mindfulness as a starting point



    Links




    Applied Practitioner Course


    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse


     


    Where to buy Becoming a True Athlete book:


    Amazon-


    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-True-Athlete-Philosophy-Flourishing/dp/191411003X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2AX88EK2ZG67S&dchild=1&keywords=becoming+a+true+athlete&qid=1631273446&sr=8-1


    Waterstones-


    https://www.waterstones.com/book/becoming-a-true-athlete/laurence-halsted/9781914110030


    www.thetrueathleteproject.org


    www.laurencehalsted.com


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurencehalsted


     


    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve


    Supporting Champions on;


    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs


    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions


    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions


     


    You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, take a look at the link in the show notes - 


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A

    • 55 min
    096 Martin Yelling on supporting young people with Stormbreak

    096 Martin Yelling on supporting young people with Stormbreak

    Martin Yelling is a former international runner, duathlete and ironman athlete and since retiring has, along with his partner Liz Yelling coached 1000s of athletes, and everyday folks to marathon and endurance achievements. Recently, Martin has set about creating a charitable organisation called Stormbreak. They have a purpose to; “... improve children’s mental health through movement, equipping them with sustainable, transferable skills and coping strategies to thrive during the complex demands of growth into adult life.


    Martin describes the origins of the idea, the challenge they’re working with and the hopes for what might develop.


     


    If you want to get involved follow Stormbreak


    https://twitter.com/hellostormbreak


    https://www.stormbreak.org.uk/


     


    Work experience bootcamp - registration closes 10th Sept


    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/kps-course/


    Starter Courses - Pre-register Now


    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/starter-courses-2/


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    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/applied-pro-course-preregister/


     


     


    You can get bonus content from me at Youtube, take a look at the link in the show notes - 


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8W3kvAsvtDDsEayex-1i5A


    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve


    Supporting Champions on;


    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs


    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions


    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Nigel Mitchell ,

A must listen for all practitioners

I have worked in elite sport for over 20 years and i learn something new and useful from each podcast. Steve’s blend of insight and humility helps to bring out the best of his guests. ‘Great job Steve keep it going’

Bike Higgins ,

Such good learnings on Human Performance

Steve has a real skill in being able to find and then explore really interesting stories focused around improvement human performance across elite sports, the arts and elsewhere. Drawing on decades of experience working with the countries top athletes Steve ensured the podcasts get behind the secrets and lessons of elite performance. Well worth a listen through the back catalogue for anyone interested in maximising human potential.

artpedagogy ,

Supporting champions - and wider

Love these podcasts, not only for the specialist sports insights and expertise, but the warm and accessible tone coupled with their capacity to reach wider into other domains. As an arts specialist (albeit with a keen interested in fitness) I enjoy making connections and applying these insights to issues and experiences within own realms. A geat listen!

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