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EIS Performance Psychology Team set for key athlete support role at Rio 2016

By Tom Degun | 28/07/2016

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) Performance Psychology Team will provide vital support in helping athletes prepare for the mental challenges at the Olympic and Paralympic Games with ten experts set to be part of Team GB and ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016.

A positive mindset during competition can make that vital 1% difference between claiming a gold medal and missing out on the podium entirely.

The EIS Performance Psychology Team helps individuals and teams identify a winning mindset to develop, enhance and maintain optimal performance.

Over the coming weeks, EIS psychologists supporting athletes and sports out in Brazil will be Jenn Savage, Emilie Thienot, Gemma Douglas, Andrea Furst, Simon Crampton, Katie Ludlam, Tim Pitt, Danielle Adams, Paul Hughes, Laura Cosgrove and Lara Barrett.

In addition to the team in Brazil, the EIS Performance Psychology Team will provide remote support from the UK through Kate Hays and Laura Cosgrove, Ben Chell, Hugh Gilmore, Mike Rotheram, Mike Stoker, Sophie Walton, De Angella, Sarah Cecil, Andrew Cruickshank and Richard Collins.

EIS Head of Performance Psychology Dr Kate Hays is delighted that her team is playing such a key role in supporting Team GB and ParalympicsGB medal ambitions at Rio 2016.

“We have a big Performance Psychology Team supporting athletes competing in Rio 2016 with ten staff out in Brazil and a further ten supporting remotely from the UK,” she explained.

“The really important thing for me is that we have more EIS Performance Psychologists supporting Team GB and ParalympicsGB at an away Games than we have ever had before.

“This demonstrates the value that sports place on the EIS Performance Psychology Team to help them prepare their athletes psychologically for competition.

“The proactive support provided by our team is coach driven and performance focused.

“The number of practitioners supporting Team GB and ParalympicsGB is testament to the great work we have done and continue to do as we move forwards.

“I want to wish the best of luck to all of the athletes, coaches and EIS support team supporting at Rio 2016 as we target the best ever away Games.”

Athletes have also hailed the work of the EIS Performance Psychology Team with diving star Tom Daley, who has worked closely with Kate, outlining just how crucial it is for him.

“Being an athlete isn’t just about being strong, powerful and precise,” Daley said.

“Most competitions are won by the person who can keep their thoughts and mind under control.

“Sports psychology for me is one of the most important parts of my training.

“It’s what can take you from being good to being excellent.

“It can give you the edge over your competitors.

“If you can handle the pressure cooker environment of an Olympic final psychologically, you have the power to go all the way and win!

“The support I’ve received from the EIS in sports psychology has made me into the diver I am today”.