Sport: Olympians mindset, mentoring, and achievement systems

Experiences from coaching, strength and conditioning, personal training, individual athletes, team sports, people at home and at work will be utilized in the A-Zone365 Sport Section.   Lifetimes spent watching, training or coaching Olympic, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, National, State athletes or teams, as well as home based and social sport provides a wide variety of unique experiences to use as a base to design achievement systems.  

To explain what A-ZONE365 is about, does, and has researched, a section called - Coach, conditioner and athlete (CCA) has been set up (below).

Athlete 1:  Justin Anlezark

Coaches:  James Tousis, Scott Murphy, Lyndon Anlezark and Grahame Pitt (over a career - start to finish)

The video clip below is an example of a dream turning into reality. Justin Anlezark went from the outback and country (Australia) to the Olympic games, Commonwealth games, World championships and World cup of Athletics.  

Progression of a future Olympian:  Justin started life throwing a rock on flat dirt (no shot put circle) in Dunlop volleys (cheap tennis shoes). Justin threw 6m, in primary school, he finished second at Darling Downs athletics trials, and finished second last at the State Championships for Athletics (off three months training). The next year, he completed 6 months training, and placed 6th at the state titles, the winner trained hard as well, and threw 11m, Justin threw 9m. The winner improved two metres each year, so this was taken into account, and this progression distance was placed in the home shot put sector, as a target and goal to strive for.  The next year Justin trained the whole year, went to the library, got a book out about throwing in the 1980's, and started pushups and strength work on the farm, then won state and Australian titles.  The process took around 3-4 years, an Olympic cycle. 

From there Justin progressed his ability and learning by meeting his first high performance throws coach - James "Touso" Tousis, and was driven to Brisbane (2.5 hours) every fortnight (in season) for training.  James had a throwing squad of 10 athletes who were all, at some point in their careers, medalists at the Australian athletic championships. James provided knowledge, technique and weights training structure, combined with a high performance competitive and supportive training environment, which progressed Justin's throwing and life. For Justin, some years included a cricket season in the summer, rugby league season in the winter with two athletic seasons a year. The summer athletic season ran from October to the March Australian Championships, then the winter school season, from July to the December Australian Championships. Time off consisted of work on the farm, motorbike riding, camping, hunting, fishing, and more training.    

Athletics, being a global sport, meant competing against the gene pool of the world (7 billion) with the best athletes chosen to represent their country.  At the Olympic games there are over 200 nations represented. This high performance career started with a dream.   Use this story and film clip for motivation whenever you need it, and most of all, stick to, and believe in your dreams.  

With the right attitude, some luck and a system to achieve your goals, your dreams could become reality. Most of all, remember to enjoy the journey and be grateful to everyone who helps you along the way, including family, friends, mentors and teachers.  The clip below is the Shot put final at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.  Justin Anlezark from Australia wins and sets a games record.  All goals in sport, business and life are managed by time e.g. a calendar.  In sport this in the minimum standard.  In some parts of fishing this is also a minimum standard e.g. professional fishing, however many anglers don't have an achievement system.  When in reality, all they need to do is start with the free calendar provided below. Enjoy the Shot put final; the run time is four minutes.  

Click on the clip, click on full screen and turn the volume up to absorb the atmosphere and grunting. Notice the sportsmanship and camaraderie of the athletes congratulating each others success.  It's a great lesson in life for children, teenagers and adults.  For more in depth statistics, click on the link below (in red) for Justin's IAAF athlete profile.  Then click on personal best, progression and honours headings for a list of career achievements.  Note:  Justin snapped tendons in his hand in the 2004 Olympic games shot put final, preventing a full athlete progression in the prime competition years from 25-35 (years of age).  This is often when throwers hit their peak level of performance.  Note:  More will be added to CCA part 1 in the future.

 

 

    A-ZONE365 - Coach - Conditioner and Athlete (CCA) Series 2 (Click on the red heading above to view Matt Denny's IAAF athlete profile)  

    Coach:  Grahame Pitt

    Athlete:  Matt Denny

    Introduction:  High performance throws coach Grahame Pitt has a squad of 10 throwers based in the town of Toowoomba Queensland Australia.  The athletes range from 7-24 years of age, covering primary, high school and adult competition.  One of Grahame’s athletes (Matt Denny) from Allora has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic games.  Matt travelled to the USA in May and set his personal best throw of 65.37m to qualify.  Grahame and Matt teamed up together as coach and athlete when Matt was in primary school.  Congratulations to Grahame, Matt and everyone involved in the squad e.g. athletes, family, friends and mentors who make sacrifices to help children, teenagers and adults achieve their dreams in life.  A-ZONE365 wishes Grahame’s athletes all the best in life and competition, while also wishing Matt and Grahame the best of luck at the Rio 2016 Olympic games.  Note:  More footage will be added to this section (Coach-Conditioner-Athlete) in the future.

    Variety of experiences

    For example, achievement progressions seen from primary school to achieving an Olympic dream is rare for coaches and conditioners (trainers) to experience.  These experiences are not everyday events, and not every coach and conditioner is lucky enough to experience and learn from this performance blueprint from start to finish e.g. 0 years of age to retirement.  These real life experiences are combined with University studies (Sports Coaching) as well as qualifications external to university such as personal training, strength and conditioning, athletics coaching, core stability coaching, in combination with business leadership and human achievement such as personal development (courses, presentations and books), autobiographies as well as health and wellness programs run in remote locations and corporate sector which at times focused on stress, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention. 

    Short list of Sporting Experiences: Learning, Coaching and or Strength and Conditioning:

    • Primary and high school athletes including sporting schools of excellence (private and public schools)
    • Adults in many sports socially and professionally, personal training at home and in the workplace including training for treks in Africa, Japan, South America and central Australia (15 day trek)
    • State Sporting Academies with team sports and individual athletes at high level which include; cricket, rugby union, netball, hockey, AFL, athletics and the ability to network and learn from conditioners and coaches preparing for Olympics or World Championships level competitions
    • Swimming squad ranging from 10 to 30 years of age with individuals on the way to the Pan Pacific Games
    • Australian Cricket Academy
    • Australian Rugby Union
    • Australian Football League (AFL) 
    • Corporate sector 12 week challenges, running corporate health programs in several states
    • Managing 2500 member gyms owned by banking corporations
    • Assisting athletes training in May Thai, Power lifting, Police, Fire Brigade, Army and SAS candidates

    The above experiences funnel into self-awareness planners, problem solving performance skills and goal achievement planners many may take for granted, without understanding the wide and diverse coaching, training, research and experiences that led to developing Phase 1 goal achievement systems.

    Participation (social) and professional athletes and approaches

    In the workplace, family home and life in general, there seems to be a fair amount of confusion as to what High Performance (HP) and Low Performance (LP) is.  This is due to very few people ever seeing or experiencing what is needed to attain HP.  It is important to put social conditioning, trained hopelessness, jealousy, ego and insecurity (Achievement Anchors) on the low performance radar right now.   All achievers will be asked to lower their standards, because others will not raise theirs, such as giving up junk food, poor sleep habits, digital technology addictions, alcohol binge drinking addictions and so on.  Starting out, HP is the requirement of your goal, with you giving it your best effort, constantly seeking to improve and never giving up.

    Perspective

    Elite level athletes seeking a top 16 place in the world rankings to qualify for the Olympics may require 20 years of training whether it be recovery (rest days) or training 2-3 times a day.  Other sacrifices needed to achieve the goal might be to not drink alcohol, give up chocolate for over 10 years, which have all been sacrificed by athletes before.  In other words, the whole body, mentally and physically is in tune with the requirements of the goal. Sleep is taken seriously, as is recovery during the day with 5 nutritious meals and enough water to stay well hydrated.  Lowering unnecessary stress is also something that needs to be mastered.  Many of the above traits evolve over years, for some it is easier than others.  Starting early makes it easier. Other factors that dictate a sports HP ranking can be assessed, such as the Olympic Games competing against the gene pool of 7 billion plus people from over 200 nations, a truly global high performance sport.  Yet other sports are country specific, or played by a few nations or states within a nation. These systems have been broken down for your social, amateur, semi-professional or professional sport or goal achievement. Always remember, it is not always those with the best genetic ability that achieve their goals, determination can climb nearly every obstacle imaginable.  Do not give up on your goals, and always aim to smile and enjoy everyday in life.   

     

     

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