I offer a variety of student presentations and workshops to sports clubs.
The sessions are designed to be an hour in duration, but there is great flexibility to suit the needs of individual clubs.
Please note: these sessions are appropriate for sports clubs of all abilities.
I share my journey from being a 9 year old girl with a big dream, to realising it 11 years later. I discuss the rollercoaster of a journey I have had, from the typical set backs of an athlete, to the turbulence of living with mental illness.
This session focuses on my journey, and most importantly, the lessons I have learnt along the way that the audience can apply to their lives.
The session helps develop aspirations, goal-setting, problem solving, and general understanding of mental (ill) health.
My Journey In Short
For Celebration Events
This 15 – 30 minute presentation is ideal for achievement events.
I share the main parts of my journey, discussing how my dream began as a 9 year old girl, and how it was realised 11 years later. I discuss the rollercoaster of a journey I have had, from the typical set backs of an athlete, to the turbulence of living with mental illness.
Please note: This session is only offered in isolation if your club is located within a 30 minute drive of BA1 or SG5. If your club is located outside this area, you can book this session alongside another session.
Anxiety is a healthy emotion that everyone feels from time to time. It is necessary to for survival and can help us achieve optimum performance.
But, it can become out of hand. It can be difficult to identify if an individuals anxiety is healthy, or needs some support. This presentation helps athletes understand.
I use personal experience to explain how anxiety feels and how it can impact everyday life and sporting performance.
Advice is also offered to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. I offer suggestions to how athletes can manage their anxieties to achieve optimum performance.
Understanding Low Mood
We all experience low mood from time to time. It is not realistic to aim for permanent happiness. But, for some, low mood can be prolonged, intense, and difficult to lift.
I use personal experience to discuss how depression feels, how it can impact everyday life, as well as mechanisms that may boost mood.
Sometimes associated with low mood is self-harming behaviours and suicidal thoughts. I am honest with my struggles, aiming to encourage openness on the topic and ensure people know it is ok to talk.
Having a dream of achieving outstanding performance in sport is a great start, but it can be a rollercoaster of a journey in an environment often filled with significant pressure.
I share my journey to becoming an international athlete, and how I kept going through major knock-backs.
Following this, I encourage students to consider their own dreams, obstacles they have already faced or may face in the future, and how they can be overcome.
This session is very interactive so works best in smaller groups, no more than 35 participants.
For Coaching Staff
In this session I discuss life as an athlete experiencing Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
I discuss how my condition, and the sporting environment, both facilitated and hindered my performance.
Practical advice is offered on how staff may be able to identify unhealthy anxiety in athletes and offer them support.
Panic attacks, and how to help athletes experiencing them, is also discussed.
Understanding Low Mood
For Coaching Staff
Low mood, self-harming behaviours, and suicidal thoughts are becoming increasingly common amongst young people.
It can be incredibly difficult for young people to seek help for such feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Likewise, it can be challenging for people to start conversations and understand if they have never been in the position. But, we know conversations save lives.
Using lived experience, I confront this difficult topic head on, explaining potential reasons, myths surrounding the feelings, thoughts, and behaviours, as well as ways staff can help athletes experiencing these.
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