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Science and stories from the brightest minds across many disciplines to help youth athletes unlock personal performance & develop their sporting potential.

The Athlete Development Show Dr Craig Harrison

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Science and stories from the brightest minds across many disciplines to help youth athletes unlock personal performance & develop their sporting potential.

    EP 109: Courtney McGregor - What Adversity Can Teach Us

    EP 109: Courtney McGregor - What Adversity Can Teach Us

    Courtney McGregor - What Adversity Can Teach Us

    At 12:41 pm on Tuesday 22nd of February 2011, a major earthquake hit Christchurch killing 185 people.

    Located 6.7 kilometres south-east of the city centre, the shake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, changing life as people knew it.

    Artistic gymnast Courtney McGregor (@_courtneymcgregor_), was 12 at the time.

    Courtney remembers the earthquake being a pivotal moment in her sporting journey. 

    It shaped the way she approached her gymnastics. How she took on a challenge. And dealt with fear.

    At just 17 years old, Courtney represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    She was the youngest member of the New Zealand Olympic Team.

    Courtney went on to an athletic scholarship at Boise State University in the US, where she studied mathematics and philosophy and in 2019 won the all-around competition in the Mountain West Conference.

    When I spoke to her, Courtney was back home in Christchurch, not long retired, and in the process of applying for medical school. 

    This is Courtney's story. 

    Kia ora!
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    • 43 min
    EP 108: Jay Thooft - Mindset Matters

    EP 108: Jay Thooft - Mindset Matters

    Jay Thooft - Mindset Matters

    Today we hear from a coach of the mind, Jay Thooft (@trainwithperc). 


    Jay is dedicated to providing developing athletes with the tools necessary to elevate their mental game and perform in the face of stress, pressure, and adversity. Currently, he oversees the mental performance training for 16 organisations in the Greater Denver area in the US and impacts approximately 5000 athletes, performers, executives, business owners, parents, and coaches every year. 


    Prior to this, Jay spent several years at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he worked with some of the world's best athletes. 


    In this conversation, Jay shares his 3-part philosophy to training the mind, where pressure comes from and how to handle it, how he works with parents, the myth of mental toughness, and much more. 


    You can check Jay out on his website www.trainwithperc.com or on his awesome YouTube channel.


    Jay and I also discuss:


    The young athlete who first got him excited about working with youth;The importance of developing self-awareness;Over-investment, and the problem that arises when a child attaches too much of their identity to their sport;The importance of taking value-driven actions in the face of emotion;The best advice Jay ever received;Integrating the mental side of sport into the experience; andMuch more. Download Jay's free guide for better mental preparation at www.trainwithperc.com/freeguide

    Kia ora!


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 107: Brooke Neal - Finding Balance

    EP 107: Brooke Neal - Finding Balance

    Brooke Neal - Finding Balance

    Brooke was an independent and stubborn kid growing up. She knew what she wanted and was highly driven to go out and get it. 
    Chasing her dream of elite sporting success, Brooke first made the New Zealand Blacks Sticks as a 19-year-old. 
    But it wasn't what she expected. 
    Instead of fame and fortune, it was a massive struggle. She was training harder than ever before and yet her performance was getting worse. 
    Something had to change. 

    Over the next 10 years of her life, 176 games, one Olympics and a Commonwealth gold medal, Brooke went on a quest to calm down her 'itch' to be forever chasing things down. To find a sense of calm. To anchor herself to what's important. To find balance. 
    Now, Brooke is teaching young female athletes to do the same. 
    In this conversation, Brooke shares her strongly held belief that when you take care of your hauora, your sporting performance will prosper 
    Brooke and I also talk about:
    Where her motivation comes from;The importance of doing less in a busy, outcome-orientated world;Why ever young athlete needs a reflective practice;FOPO (fear of missing out) disorder;The greatest gift her parents ever gave her;The information-rich world we're living in and why it's overwhelming our young athletes;Setting boundaries on social media;Finding her Balance - Brooke's signature course;The power of the community; andMuch, much more.This is Brooke's story.
    Kia ora

    Craig
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    • 49 min
    EP 106: Anna Simcic - Train Smarter, Not Harder

    EP 106: Anna Simcic - Train Smarter, Not Harder

    Train Smarter, Not Harder

    Today's conversation is with double Olympian, Anna Simcic. 
    Anna represented NZ at two Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games where she won a gold and two silver medals in the backstroke. She was consistently ranked in the top 10 in the world and in 1992 when she set a short-course world record. 
    Anna now works for High Performance Sport NZ as an Athlete Life Advisor. She believes in a values and strengths-based approach to her work, full of energy, compassion and good humour. 

    Kia ora,

    Craig
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    • 54 min
    EP 105: Andrew Ellis - Connection Is Key

    EP 105: Andrew Ellis - Connection Is Key

    Connection is Key

    On the show today I chat with former international cricketer, Andrew Ellis. Andrew played first-class cricket for Canterbury from 2003 until 2020 and represented his country in both the One Day and Twenty20 formats of the game.

    Andrew is now a dad of two young children and works for High-Performance Sport New Zealand as the manager of the Christchurch region.

    In this conversation, Andrew and I discuss age and stage appropriate coaching, finding the courage the take risks, connection and why Andrew believes it is the starting point for everything great, the struggle between a thirst for training volume to get better and doing too much, battling the inner critic, and much more. 

    This is Andrew's story. 

    Kia ora,

    Craig
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    EP 104: Howard Green - Tennis Fit

    EP 104: Howard Green - Tennis Fit

    Tennis Fit
    Howard Green (@HGreenTennisFit) is a strength and conditioning coach working in tennis. He coordinates the sports science and medicine team at Bolton Arena International Tennis Academy and works privately with many up and coming and elite players, including Ana Ivanovic.
    Prior to his work in sport, Howard was a Commando in the Royal Marines. After completing his basic training just out of school, the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre happened and changed the world. Howard went on to complete tours of Iraq and Afghanistan over a space of six years that left him burnt out and suffering from PTSD.
    This is Howard's story. 
    Kia ora,
    Craig
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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Karl Damien ,

Best podcast for youth athletic development

I have pretty much listened to the whole back catalogue of this podcast and can genuinely say that Craig’s conversations with thought leaders and practitioners is absolutely stunning. His ability to guide and be guided by guests allows listeners to engage in the ponderings and ask their own questions or solve their problems. As his style has changed from the early episodes he has broadened what areas of interest the guest finds important but is also able to extract what started their passion without it being to overt. If my family was in the North Shore I would have no problems engaging my young children in his programmes and be assured that their long term development needs were being met. Kia kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui...Keep it up Craig!

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