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1 Is there a secret of high performance? Robin Gregg Sport Northern Ireland

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3 High Performance Gold Mines Bekoji South Korea KingstonRussiaItenBrazil Ankerson

4 Bekoji & Iten

5 South Korea

6 Kingston, Jamica

7 Russia

8 Brazil

9 2010/11 Champions League 79 Brazilians 49 Spanish 26 Germans 25 British

10 High Performance Gold Mines Sentayehu Eshetu Won Park Stephen Francis Olga Morozova Colm O’Connell Eurico Miranda Ankerson

11 Example “the first talent ID test I saw was at school. When classes marched into the pool the teacher stood by the door, looking down at the ground and pulling various people out of line – the ones with the feet splayed out. He made them concentrate on the breaststroke. The school always did well in breaststroke events” Blanksby (1980)

12 Talent?? “the ability to display exceptionally high performance in a domain that requires skills and training” and “an innate ability, aptitude or faculty” (Dictionary definition)

13 Talent?? “a dynamic multi-dimensional aptitude. Through its very nature and the environment with which it interacts, talent is difficult to identify, let alone predict.” (New Zealand Talent Identification Taskforce)

14 “Genius” “Talent” “is it magic?” “is it born?”

15 Theory One TID assumes there is a genetic basis to performance characteristics, i.e. its in the genes!!

16 “if you want to be an Elite Athlete you need to choose your parents very well”

17 Horse Racing “we take the best, mate them with the best…..and hope for the best”

18 Talent: Genetics “genetics cannot predict who will become an elite athlete, all it can do is predict who is certain never to win a medal”

19 Theory Two Practice makes perfect “the contrasting view is that excellence can be achieved as a result of extensive practice (10000hrs) and is independent of your genetic profile ”

20 Defining Talent Nature v Nurture (G v E) Nature + Nurture (G + E) Or G E Human Potential Adapted from David Schenk

21 High performance Low potential High performance Average potential High performance High potential Average performance Low potential Average performance Average potential Average performance High potential Low performance Low potential Low performance Average potential Low performance High potential Potential Performance

22 High performance Low potential High performance Average potential High performance High potential Average performance Low potential Average performance Average potential Average performance High potential Low performance Low potential Low performance Average potential Low performance High potential Potential Performance

23 High performance Low potential High performance Average potential High performance High potential Average performance Low potential Average performance Average potential Average performance High potential Low performance Low potential Low performance Average potential Low performance High potential Potential Performance

24 Performance vs Potential Leyton Hewitt Tennis Australia – U12 National championship Testing 1992 – 52 boys tested LH: 142 cm, 30.7 kg, sprint 7 th, UBS = 41 st, VJ 14 th, agility = 18 th, MSFT = 17 th Overall performance ranking 20 / 51 – not selected for talent programme 1992 – failed to reach U12 quarter finals 1996 – top ranked U18 in the country Systems must accommodate “actuals” and “potentials”

25 Iceberg principle Current performance Mindset, motivations, values and background

26 The 10,000 hour Rule Deep Practice (Coyle, 2006) Repetitive = “Myelination” Failure Master Coaching Deliberate practice (Ericsson, 1993) Domain specific Focused on improvement of performance Measured, tested, evaluate Not fun

27 Practice 10,000 hours by the age of 13 Felipe 2544 hours by the age of 13 English footballer

28 Paradox of Choice “if you want take the island then burn your boats” Must fully commit and engage in deliberate/deep practice

29 Talent that shouts and talent that whispers! “it isn’t difficult to identify talent like Usan Bolt. Anybody could see that he had huge potential when he was sixteen. The real challenge is to identify the potential in something currently ordinary that hasn’t flourished yet” Stephen Francis, Head Coach the MVP Track and Field Club

30 Kingston, Jamica

31 Relative Age Effect 32.4 % Jan. to March 25.2% April to June 21.5% July to Sept. 21% Oct. to Dec. 300 players in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

32 Mindset ? Growth v Fixed Get better or look good (Carol Dweck)

33 Mindset “the art of a successful mindset is to view your victories as a beginning and not as a conclusion” Stephen Francis “improvement is not inside your comfort zone”

34 Understanding talent Don’t stereotype or adopt a narrow minded approach to your search for talent; Don’t always play safe – understand what is behind the performance; Understand what is required to drive success;

35 Understanding Talent Know the critical factors; Indepth understanding of potential; Understand the reasons for success; Talent that shouts and talent that whispers…..

36 What’s common? No self-imposed limits; Don’t apply standard models – focus on the unique requirements of each player; Understand the environment;

37 Environments Social environment; Performance environment designed to make players good not make them comfortable;

38 Backstage Role “a good coach knows that its not about him, its about his athletes” Sentayehu Eshetu “inhale more then you exhale” Colm O’Connell

39 Philosophy No rigid philosophy – flexibility in approach Both a devil and an angel Enormously ambitious

40 High performance is not discovered it is uncovered


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