Performance Youth Mentoring London
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Invictus International  Ltd. Company No: NI627212 Registered Office The Invictus Project TM  address : 9 Carthall Manor, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT51 3GR

Douwe De Graaf

Double World Champion JM4-            2017, 2018

World Record Holder JM4-                 2018

2 x National Champion in Champ 8’s  2017-2018

Henley Royal Regatta  Record Holder   2018

Stephen was a hugely useful component of our training programme for the 2018 season.


 

From day 1, in our first few whole team discussions, he helped us to slowly gain an idea of what we wanted to be - both on and off the water - to ultimately make us reach our full potential. The idea was to create a “Paul’s Mindset” which the whole team could buy into. This mindset evolved over the year but the main principles were constant. This not only strengthened team spirit but increased consistency.


 

Although very useful in maintaining consistency - Stephen was probably most useful in the run-up to races. As nerves increased and tensions heightened this was the time that things could fall apart most easily. He helped us enter a race day with the exact same expectations of ourselves and of our teammates. This made sure we were all on the same page as we got onto the start line and confident that we all knew exactly what we were doing and that everyone was backing each other up.

George Dickinson

World Champion JM8+                               2018

2 x National Champion in Champ 8’s            2017-2018

Henley Royal Regatta  Record Holder              2018

Lightweight Junior 2km National Record Holder 2018

Working with Stephen early in the season significantly improved the group's overall consistency he was able to keep us focused on the end goal when we were far out from the racing season


I also thought it takes time before we start seeing more actual boat speed from working with Stephen and I’m glad we had since the end of our 2017 season

 

Specifically, I thought the times when Stephen made the most difference was before SHORR 2018, focusing on simple aspects made a huge difference for the race.

 

Another example was Henley when we talked about the process of preparing for the race and managing ourselves throughout.

Our talks before big races managing people’s nerves and building confidence about doing what we would do on a regular basis and having a set plan around racing.

Ollie Parish

World Champion JM8+                     2018

World Silver Medalist JM4-                 2019

National Champion in Champ 8’s       2018

Henley Royal Regatta  Record Holder   2018

It was great working with Stephen over the last 2 years.

 

The impact on me directly was pretty stabilising, over the course of the 2 years I feel like I've become more self-aware with my actions and how they impact the people around me. Having the tools to really get the boat around me moving was instrumental in the success there.

 

Being intrinsically motivated was another really simple one, able to be bulletproof in the face of any setbacks.

 

On the group as a whole, I think there was definitely a big impact, especially when we separated into a first 8. 

 

I think regards to building performance and consistency he has helped a lot, having a very very clear focus for each piece or each session just to get one thing right really boosts engagement and progress. Having a defined process each session we do really helps with nerves and confidence when it comes to racing as well, especially at Henley.