October 11, 2017

When I retired in November 2016, I set myself the target of competing in a single scull at the World Masters Rowing Championships in September 2017.

With much of my training on my own, motivation was always going to be an issue. I’d begun to appreciate the importance of the mental side of training and competing, so knew I would benefit from discussions with a Sport Psychologist.

I approached Jo with the question: Why, during training and racing, does my brain get me to give up before my body?

From the start, Jo was very professional and personable; and spot-on with her assessment that it might take 4-6 sessions to gather information, talk about and create changes/build strategies, and trial and review those strategies. Jo was well-prepared before each meeting, a good listener, able to draw out the salient points, and provided an accurate summary immediately after each session.

It was a valuable opportunity to reflect for myself upon what I was doing, what I wanted to achieve, and how I could get there; and these sessions have given me a solid foundation to build upon.

Thanks Jo! I look forward to our future reviews.