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Dr Steve Ingham’s Speech

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An insightful speech from the Elite Sports Physiologist who
supports the champions



Who is Steve Ingham?

Dr Steve Ingham is steeped in high performance and has provided support to over 1000 athletes of whom over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. He has also coached Kelly Sotherton to two Olympic medals.

As a leader, Steve gained insight initially working at the British Olympic Association and then the English Institute of Sport, where up until Rio 2016 he was the Director of Science and Technical Development.

In that role he led a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences.

He is also an author of the best-selling ‘How to Support a Champion: ‘The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve is deeply passionate about: determinants of performance, application of science, people development and innovation and the parallels between sport and business.

Steve received fantastic feedback from our managers who found him really inspiring, warm and engaging. I’d thoroughly recommend him to others.

Tracey Webb, Head of Learning & Organisational Development, Network Homes


What’s the speech all about?

Steve tells the stories of some of the most well-known British Olympic champions, and puts into perspective the extraordinary performance strategies and plans required to achieve outstanding Olympic results.

Steve discusses how performance has been at the heart of the remarkable success story that is Team GB, what a performance plan looks like for elite athletes and what business and teams can learn from their approach.

He offers fascinating insight into performance under pressure and how you get individuals and teams to deliver the optimal performance at the most critical moment. His book ‘How to Support a Champion’ explains the process for getting the best from a champion’s performance – as much about how you work with people as it is about science.

In his speech Steve goes on to define the journey required to get the most out of a champion, colleague or team’s performance, and challenges businesses to think differently about how they approach organisational performance.

Rooted in the Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? Performance Principles, it is an engaging, motivational and inspiring speech.

Steve’s speech will take 45 – 60 minutes and is tailored to fit with your key messages. Click below for more information on the speech process and optional workshops to ensure your delegates can immediately begin to apply the ideas.

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