york press: Meet York dad of 3 and tennis coach Marius Barnard who played at Wimbledon – and beat Federer
As the world's favourite tennis tournament starts on Monday, Maxine Gordon meets the York tennis coach who played at Wimbledon – and beat Federer on the doubles court
PLAYING on Centre Court at Wimbledon would be a dream come true for most tennis players. But the first time Marius Barnard stepped out on to the hallowed grass of the game's most famous court in the summer of 1992 there was a snag – his wedding was booked for the second Friday of Wimbledon fortnight, meaning that if he hit a winning streak there would be a big decision to make.
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Thank you to Audrie Woodhouse for inviting me as a guest speaker to present at the Honestly Speaking, Speak Up to Scale Up 2019 training event this Friday.
It was fascinating to hear how many similar psychological factors can be applied in sport, business and the art of public speaking.
A further thanks to David Sammel for joining and signing copies as well as sharing insights from his new edition of Locker Room Power.
A thank you to Russell Turner and Chloe Owens who gave me the opportunity to share my Locker Room Power presentation at the newly established hashtag#YorkshireRowsEventHub at Garbutt + Elliott. I can recommend this business hub for its HD screen, impactful acoustics and interactive design, which enabled ease of communication and full audience engagement.
The talk explored changing perceptions on awareness, narratives, pressure in the workplace and managing fear. In moving closer to our personal best we focused on blending strengths with our strategy. I look forward to hearing about the behavioural changes, actioned by the attendees, at my next visit.
A thank you to Louise Osborne and Robert Onyett for assisting in the planning and organising of the Locker Room Power ‘Building your self- belief and Resilience’ presentation with Harrowells Limited.
The interactive audience had several engaging questions relating to the outcomes of our ‘Self-belief & Resilience’ questionnaire. These insights provided a great platform for exploring how our awareness and perceptions influence our behaviour and performance, especially when under pressure.
Then we conquered fear with courage, perspective and excitement. Most importantly, everybody agreed that we should anchor our good performances more regularly and not fixate on our mistakes. We must learn from our poor performances, but move on swiftly. The final call to action was to utilise our strengths in order to build our self-belief and confidence.
Thank you to Karen and John for engaging so well as participants in the “trash bin challenge”.