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20 March 2012



For our final Olympic event we were delighted to showcase two legends and one of the country’s leading sports psychologists…

In his last Games Matthew Pinsent was forced to switch from the pairs to the four-man boat, requiring very different skills. Despite setbacks he famously led the crew to a remarkable victory. Now Sir Matthew and a member of the BBC team, he passed around the medals and explained how agility comes to the fore when events happen outside your control.

Steve Bull has worked with Team GB at three Olympic Games. He’s also the principal leadership coach for English cricket, helping the national side regain the Ashes. Steve explained why coaching is the primary responsibility of every manager in any organisation, creating a mindset that enables the team to thrive under pressure.

Britain’s best known Paralympian, Tanni Grey-Thompson amassed 11 gold medals in 5 consecutive Olympics. She also won the wheelchair race in 6 London Marathons and achieved 34 world records. Now Dame Tanni, Vice Chair of the 2012 Athletes Commission and an active member of the House of Lords, she described how her success came down to planning, teamwork, ambition and sheer determination.


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