Whether you're a coach, parent or a young athlete yourself, this page will tell you everything you need to know about this course, who it's for, what it aims to do and how it will work.
Ladies - you never know what instance or realisation will change the course of your life. Don’t wait until you’re older to learn these tools that could help you TODAY. I am so looking forward to taking you on this journey.
But, despite a fantastic support system of parents and coaches, I was pushing myself too hard to be the best, to achieve the most, to win. This impacted my mental and emotional health. Which then impacted my performance on the field. I was missing school for sports tournaments, missing out on social events to catch up on school, and struggling to maintain friendships.
It felt like I was constantly juggling many different balls, and at times they all came crashing down. In moments, I struggled with feelings of never ‘enoughness’, anxiety, burnout and keeping up with the continuous demands on my time and energy.
So I decided that while I loved my sport and loved I winning, this was not sustainable and that there must be a better way to achieve my goals, without sacrificing my mental well-being.
Since I left high school and entered the world of high performance sport, I discovered and kept working at techniques that improve my mental and emotional well-being. Training my mind has resulted in better performances in my body. This is my secret to success and happiness that I wish I could go back and tell my high school self.
These skills I am sharing are not taught in school. Too often the mental and emotional pressure of being a young athlete athlete is not addressed, the focus is only on the physical performance and on winning. The common mentality is that the more we train and the harder we push our bodies physically, the better we will be.
But this is definitely not the case. 95% of my performance I put down to my mind, and I want these young athletes to understand this at a younger age. I passionately believe that this shift in mentality will not only improve their physical performance, but it will result in them being happier people as they grow into adulthood.
Since returning from the 2016 Rio Olympics, I’ve worked with hundreds of young female athletes where I’ve seen first hand the high demands and challenges of being an athlete in high school. I have taken them through in-person mental skills workshops, sharing the techniques and tools I have learned over the years in my pursuit for balance and excellence. And there has been fantastic results and feedback.
So I created this online course to reach as many busy young athletes and enable them to access this guidance in their own time, while working around their busy schedules.
Young female athletes who are struggling to cope with the pressure of playing competitive sports, find balance in their lives, or who want to empower themselves to avoid such struggles as they grow.
The Finding Her Balance Course provides guidance and support for young female athletes struggling to balance their sport, school, social lives, and mental and emotional health. All in a convenient online format.
This course will provide proven tools and techniques that will empower these ambitious individuals to take control of their mental wellbeing as they pursue their sporting goals.
This course will also give parents and coaches a helping hand in their efforts to support their girls. We are all part of a team and we all need a bit of help sometimes.
The online course runs over four weeks, but you will have access to the course for eight weeks in total. Built through the learning platform Intuto, it is designed to be flexible and work around your schedule, accommodating you if completed in a shorter or slightly longer time frame. You will work through one module per week, but at your own time and pace. Each topic is roughly 30 minutes work per day - very achievable even when studying for exams!
When you’re really clear on what matters most and understand what your strengths are, then you can begin to organise your life around them. This will improve your performance and well being, and it lays the foundation for this entire course.
“Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct our lives and we will call it fate” - Carl Jung. Uncover your habits, figure out where your ship is sailing and discover what you need to do if there are rough waters.
We are our harshest critic. The voice in our heads is often the only thing getting in the way of being happy or having our best performance. Once you begin to tap into the calm stillness in the eye of the hurricane that is our lives, we can unlock our true potential.
We all want to get the edge and perform well, consistently. When we are performing well in our sport, generally all other areas of our lives are also on track. By looking at the mistakes we make pre, during and post competition, we can begin to tap into our best performance.
‘Our bodies are temples’ yet we expect so much from them and often neglect their warning signs or alarm bells. By nourishing our bodies with recovery techniques, we can get back to playing the sport we love faster. It is also important to address the mental impact injuries have, and how this can delay healing.