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Supporting Champions

100 EpisodesProduced by Steve InghamWebsite

Steve Ingham, performance scientist, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making rem… read more

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099: Mike Powell on records, rivalry and resilience

October 20th, 2021


This week’s guest is one of the most outstanding athletes ever, Mike Powell. Mike has held the long jump world record for the last 30 years, taking the mark from the legendary Bob Beamon - who held it himself for 23  …

098: Ben Ryan on culture

October 6th, 2021


This week’s guest is Ben Ryan. Ben coached the England Rugby Sevens team between 2007 and 2013. Ben then took a big leap of faith in taking up the …

097: Laurence Halsted on becoming a true athlete

September 22nd, 2021


This week’s guest is Laurence Halsted. Laurence is a former Olympic fencer, having competed at the London and Rio Olympics. Laurence retired after the Rio Olympics and is currently Performance Director of Danish …

096 Martin Yelling on supporting young people with Stormbreak

September 8th, 2021


Martin Yelling is a former international runner, duathlete and ironman athlete and since retiring has, along with his partner Liz Yelling coached …

095: Duff Gibson on the Tao of Sport

August 25th, 2021


Duff Gibson won the Olympic gold medal in bob skeleton at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. He did so at the age of 39. Duff has an incredible story to …

094: Dan Bigham on reverse engineering performance

August 11th, 2021


Dan Bigham is an athlete of the highest order, principally in the disciplines of individual and team pursuit with multiple national and World cup …

093: Redgrave and Pinsent on their Olympic partnership

July 28th, 2021


Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent are as successful a sporting duo as you’ll ever meet. Steve has won 5 gold medals at 5 successive games …

092: Martin Buchheit & George Perry on ego in high performance

July 14th, 2021


In this week’s conversation I speak to Martin Buchheitt and George Perry authors of their upcoming book “Egoals” (a blend of Ego and goals), the subtitle being, “Exercising your ego in high-performance environments”. …

091: Mike Hughes on analysing elite performance

June 30th, 2021


This week I spoke to Mike Hughes. Mike is a Performance Analyst, having worked with some of the best teams in the world and developed them by providing understanding and insight based on deconstructing and exploring …

090: Mandy Hickson on jet fighter pilot performance

June 16th, 2021


Mandy Hickson on jet fighter pilot performance


This week I spoke to Mandy Hickson. Mandy is a fighter pilot, having joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and flew the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated …

089: Steph Houghton on leading by example

June 2nd, 2021


This week I spoke to Steph Houghton.

Steph is the England Football Captain, having played for her country over 120 times. Steph has seen the …

088: Cody Royle on the reality of being a Head Coach

May 19th, 2021


This week’s guest is Cody Royle. Cody is the head coach of Australian Football League Team Canada, the men's national program for Australian Rules …

087: David Martin on the ecology of performance systems

May 5th, 2021


David Martin is a leading light in applied sports science. He was senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where along with a number …

086: Kevin Dutton on learning from psychopaths

April 21st, 2021


This week I speak to Kevin Dutton Professor of Psychology at Oxford University, who specialises in psychopaths. Kevin has written several books on …

085: Chris Thompson on persistence

April 7th, 2021


This week’s guest is Chris Thompson, who at the age of 39 has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic marathon for Team GB. 'Thommo' as he is known didn’t suddenly spring to the top in a freak qualification, he has been …

084: Alistair Brownlee on a sub-7 hour Ironman triathlon

March 24th, 2021


This week’s guest is Alistair Brownlee. Alistair is a two time Olympic Champion, four time World and four time European Champion amongst many other honours in triathlon. But quite simply Alistair is one of the greatest …

083: Glyn Howatson on recovery and adaptation

March 10th, 2021


This week’s guest is Glyn Howatson, Professor of Human & Applied Physiology at Northumbria University. Glyn’s specialist subject is recovery but …

082: Daniel Lieberman on evolving to exercise

February 24th, 2021


This week’s guest is Harvard University Professor of Biological Sciences, Dan Lieberman. If you’ve heard of Dan it will probably be in connection …

081: Ama Agbeze on belief

February 10th, 2021


This week’s guest is Ama Agbeze, former England Netball captain. Ama Led the team to perhaps the England Teams's greatest success, winning the …

080: Alan Murchison on Michelin star performance

January 27th, 2021


In this episode I speak to Alan Murchison. Alan currently runs a business called the Performance Chef, providing support to a host of sports, teams and executives in providing their food, their fuel and flavours. Alan …

079: Dan Cable on being exceptional

January 13th, 2021


This week I spoke to Dan Cable. Dan is a Professor Organisational Behaviour at London Business School specialising in research and teaching focus on …

078: Lizzy Yarnold on talent, ownership of performance and team

December 16th, 2020


This week I speak with Lizzy Yarnold. Lizzy is double Olympic Champion in that chilled out sporting event Bob Skeleton. Lizzy was spotted through a …

077: Stuart Worden of the Brit School on performance environments

December 2nd, 2020


This week’s guest is Stuart Worden, Principal of the Brit School. The BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) School is a performing arts and technology …

076: Mark Williams on how the best learn to be better

November 18th, 2020


This week’s guest is Professor Mark Williams who has spent his professional career understanding the neural and psychological aspects of acquiring …

075: Mark Richardson and Marcus Smith on drumming performance

November 4th, 2020


This week we have two guests, Mark Richardson and Marcus Smith. Mark Richardson is the drummer for the band Skunk Anansie, a band that were figureheads of the Britrock explosion in the mid-nineties, with defining songs …

074: Peter Vint on data, culture and athlete development

October 21st, 2020


This week’s guest is Peter Vint. I’d got in touch with Peter with the full intention of discussing analytics, and the trend towards data and to fully …

073: Chris Rosimus on relationships in performance

October 7th, 2020


This week’s guest is Chris Rosimus, Chris is the Head of Nutrition at the Football Association, leading all aspects of dietary provision to the England football teams. Prior to that Chris was nutritionist at England and …

072 Cath Bishop on The Long Win

September 23rd, 2020


Dr Cath Bishop competed as a rower at three Olympic Games, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens (and I had the privilege of working with Cath throughout her career), with highlights including winning the World Championships in …

071 Mark Webber on racing in formula one

September 9th, 2020


This week’s guest former Formula One driver Mark Webber. During his career Mark won nine Formula one Grands Prix, finishing third on three occasions, …

070 Stephen Seiler on how the best train

August 26th, 2020


I would put this week’s guest into a very select place in the world of endurance, one that has combined four often distinct factors, first quality …

069: Sebastien Foucan on pioneering free running

August 12th, 2020


In this week’s episode I speak to a true innovator, pioneer and superstar of human movement – Sebastien Foucan. Sebastien was one of the founding developers of the discipline of parcours and later Sebastien stretched …

068: Kit Holder on the art of performance

July 29th, 2020


This week’s guest is Kit Holder, first soloist at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Kit has spent his whole career dancing, he came from a family of …

067: Mel Marshall on evolving coaching

July 15th, 2020


This week’s guest is Mel Marshall. As a swimmer Mel made five Olympic finals at two Olympic games’ and she is one of the most decorated swimmers for England at the Commonwealth Games. You’re likely to know Mel as much …

066: Eva Carneiro on doing what is right

July 1st, 2020


Dr Eva Carneiro is this week’s guest (I will give you Eva’s introduction in two parts).

Eva is a Sports Physician and was one of the first eight pioneering doctors recruited nationally to the UK Sports and Exercise …

065: Nick Levett on developing talent

June 17th, 2020


Nick Levett on talent development

Have you ever found yourself stood along side parents or coaches shouting and barking instructions to their child? Or have you ever found yourself bursting out with commands or subtly …

064: Caspar Berry on risk

June 3rd, 2020


Caspar Berry is a former professional poker player, having been the poker advisor on the James Bond movie Casino Royale. Caspar is now a speaker on risk, not only understanding this area from the principles of the game …

063: Rob Pacey on creating content

May 20th, 2020


In this episode I spoke to Rob Pacey. Rob runs one of the most successful podcasts in Sport, the aptly named Pacey performance podcast, which focuses …

062: Steve Ingham on new book The First Hurdle

May 6th, 2020


I’m excited to share, in this special episode, 7 key principles from my new book The First Hurdle on applying and interviewing for jobs in sports performance (and the sub-text here too is for those doing the …

061: Stef Reid on challenge

April 22nd, 2020


We hope you and those close to your are safe and well. In this episode I spoke to Stef Reid, three-time Paralympic medallist, World Champion long jumper. Stef is a remarkable lady irrespective of the fact that at 15 …

060: Andrea Furst on change and uncertainty

April 10th, 2020


In this episode I talk to Dr Andrea Furst, performance psychologist at Mental Notes. Andrea has had a highly successful career supporting some of the …

059: Louise Burke on keeping nutrition practical

April 6th, 2020


The next few special episodes of the podcast will break away from the normal regularity as we capture, produce and air some relevant content to the …

058: Phil Skiba on exercise and health during COVID-19 crisis

March 27th, 2020


Phil Skiba on exercise and health during COVID-19 crisis

The next few special episodes of the podcast will break away from the normal regularity as …

057: James Cracknell on Endeavour

March 25th, 2020


057: James Cracknell on Endeavour


A note about Coronavrius We, individuals, groups, communities, society look up to sporting heroes, we revere and admire their dedication, their persistence, their focus, the …

056: Malcolm Brown on a career in coaching and lessons from the Brownlees

March 13th, 2020


056: Malcolm Brown on a career in coaching and lessons from the Brownlees

This episode’s guest is Malcolm Brown a Performance Coach based at the …

055: Lizzie Simmonds on transition

February 26th, 2020


The dynamic of retirement, transitions and change for athletes is rightly receiving much greater attention as athletes speak up and openly about their experiences – none more so this episode’s guest Lizzie Simmonds. …

054: Duncan French on mixed martial arts

February 12th, 2020


Duncan French is the Vice President of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Mixed martial arts is a sport that has had an accelerated rise into the public consciousness over the last couple of decades. It seems to have …

053: Susan Backhouse on eating and cheating

January 29th, 2020


Sue Backhouse, Professor of psychology and nutrition at Leeds Beckett University is this week's guest. Sue is an expert in the complexity around two …

052: Nik Diaper on the impact of Parasport

January 15th, 2020


This year we have the Olympic games – the World’s biggest sporting event. But in quick succession is the Paralympics, now the third largest sporting event. Some quip that the Olympics is the warm-up or the test event …

051: James Glover on intentionality

December 18th, 2019


This week’s guest is business consultant James Glover. James is a world champion white-water rafter, former performance lifestyle practitioner and …

050: Tom Williams, COO Parkrun, Marathon Talk host, on inspiring people to run

December 4th, 2019


Welcome to episode 50, a mini milestone for us and not long ago we've ticked over 50,000 downloads so thank you to all for tuning in and sharing what you've learnt from each episode - it encourages to keep producing …

049: Jason Laird on critical skills

November 20th, 2019


Jason Laird has worked in Premiership football, ballet, judo and now gymnastics and as such is one of the most experienced physiotherapists in the UK. What I have always admired about Jason is his ability to get to the …

048: Dave Smith on choosing to live

November 6th, 2019


Dave Smith, Paralympic champion shares his emotional story intertwining sporting pursuit and cancer survival. This interview is a deep one, it’s a …

047: Josie Perry on the psychology of communication

October 23rd, 2019


Performance psychologist Dr Josie Perry is this episode's guest. Josie has a successful consultancy service supporting endurance athletes, golfers …

046: Dawn Scott on supporting the USA women's football team to successive World Cups

October 9th, 2019


Dawn Scott, High Performance Coach to the USA women’s national football team, who happen to have won two successive World cup titles and Olympic gold …

045: Nick Grantham on developing self, consultancy and performance

September 25th, 2019


Nick Grantham, performance enhancement specialist and consultant, is this week's guest. Nick and I go way back to the mid 1990s and have worked …

044: Neil Chugani on leading as a coxswain, in sport governance and at Google

September 11th, 2019


Neil Chugani was a coxswain and a good one too. He coxed the Oxford crew to success in the boat race in 1991, he was World Champion in the coxed pairs in 2001, where I met Neil for the first time as Matthew Pinsent and …

043: Emma Hatton, West End star on sustaining performance

August 28th, 2019


Emma Hatton star of the West End talks about her career, Emma has starred in some of the biggest musicals and lead roles, Scaramouche in We will Rock …

042: Jessica Ennis-Hill on becoming World and Olympic Champion

August 14th, 2019


Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is triple World champion, Olympic champion, European Champion and British record holder in the heptathlon and World indoor …

041: Hannah Critchlow on the science of fate

July 31st, 2019


This week’s guest is Dr Hannah Critchlow, cellular and molecular neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge. Hannah has recently released her new …

040: Matt Dixon on customising training

July 17th, 2019


Matt Dixon is a professional triathlon coach and founder of Purplepatch fitness. Matt is former professional triathlete and elite swimmer, now coach …

039: Emma Ross on the female athlete and equality in performance cultures

July 3rd, 2019


Joining us this week on the Supporting Champions podcast is Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Dr. Emma Ross. I first met …

038: Tom Waller on the science of feel to optimise performance

June 19th, 2019


In this week’s episode I am joined by Dr. Tom Waller (Senior Vice President Whitespace, Innovation and R&D at lululemon athletica). After …

037: Nick Matthew on becoming world squash champion

June 5th, 2019


Nick Matthew is three-time British and three-time World squash champion, as well as being two-time Commonwealth champion and former world number one. In this discussion we explore Nick’s early rise into the sport, …

036: Gareth Sandford on working with the world's best coaches

May 22nd, 2019


This week we are joined by Gareth Sandford, exercise physiologist at the Canadian Sports Institute. Gareth is just starting his post-doctoral studies …

035: Trent Stellingwerff on nutrition and leadership

May 8th, 2019


Trent Stellingwerff, sports nutritionist is this week's guest. Trent and Steve first met as coaches in Valencia at the 2008 World Indoor Championships and he has since had a glittering career in the sport and exercise …

034: Steve Ingham on developing performance people

April 24th, 2019


Podcast 034

Show Notes – Performance People In this week’s episode, Steve takes the reins on his own as he shares some perspectives about developing the next generation of performance people. Over the last few years …

033: Antony Jinman, Polar Explorer on expeditions with purpose

April 10th, 2019


This week’s guest is polar explorer Antony Jinman, a former naval officer and mountain leader. Antony was the 12th Briton to ski to both the …

032: Joe Eisenmann on long term athlete development

March 27th, 2019


Joe Eisenmann joins me on the Supporting Champions podcast this week as we explore the area of long-term athletic development. We discuss his …

031: Louise Minchin from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to GB Team Triathlete

March 13th, 2019


BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin on performing in broadcasting and as an age group triathlete for team GB. Louise is a journalist and former radio presenter and is best known as the anchor on BBC1's Breakfast programme - …

030: Katelyn Ohashi on finding joy in gymnastics

February 27th, 2019


030: Katelyn Ohashi on finding joy in gymnastics


In this episode I talk to Katelyn Ohashi about that viral routine

Katelyn shares here journey through gymnastics

Body …

029: Miss Val on coaching a positive culture in gymnastics

February 20th, 2019


In Part 1 of this Podcast Special we have Head Coach of UCLA Gymnastics and orchestrator of THAT viral gymnastics' routine by Katelyn Ohashi, Miss Val Kondos Field. Miss Val and I discussed; how she was a ballerina …

028: Helen Jenkins on the highs and lows in triathlon

February 6th, 2019


Helen Jenkins is a two time World Triathlon Champion. In this interview Helen begins by discussing motherhood, her early career and the importance of early career influences such as the legendary coach Chris Jones and …

027: Brad Dieter on effective consulting

January 23rd, 2019


Brad is a trained Exercise Physiologist, Molecular Biologist, and Biostatistician, but wasn’t in these specialist topics that the insights started to …

026: Dame Katherine Grainger on persistence and resilience

January 9th, 2019


Katherine is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete. She won medals at 5 consecutive Olympic games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), …

025: Highlights of 2018 podcasts

December 19th, 2018


I take a look back at some of the highlights from the last year of interviews and discussions about high performance. The show is grouped into 5 common themes across all of the episodes: early career experiences and …

024: Tim Harper from Saracens to Sub-Sahara, fiercely championing the underdog

December 5th, 2018


This week Tim Harper from Harper Performance joins us to discuss moving out of elite performance support in the UK to create unique, locally driven …

023: Steve discusses sustaining high performance with Jamie Pringle and Rosie Mayes

November 21st, 2018


Sustaining high performance: Steve Ingham is joined once again by Jamie Pringle from the Performance Science Distillery and Rosie Mayes from the EB Centre. So sustaining performance – this is an interesting one. The …

022: Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes discuss stress adaptation

November 7th, 2018


Steve discusses the essential concept of stress - adaptation with Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes. We explore what a stimulus is and does and the factors …

021: Tess Morris-Paterson on astronaut training

October 24th, 2018


This week’s interview is with Tess Morris-Paterson. Tess was a sports scientist with Lucozade Sport, then at the Glaxo Smith Kline Human performance laboratory. Then about 18 months ago, she began to think about a new …

020: Harvey Galvin on change, transformation and adapting self

October 10th, 2018


Harvey Galvin epitomises all that Supporting Champions represents, but he has no gold medal to show for his efforts, no affiliation with a top …

019: Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes on lessons from working with elite performers

September 26th, 2018


Steve discusses lessons from the frontline of working with elite performers with Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes. We discuss the essentials of that initial engagement with elite athletes, what to do and what not to do. …

018: Chrissie Wellington on becoming four time World Ironman Champion

September 12th, 2018


Chrissie Wellington OBE four time World Ironman Triathlon Champion and holder of the three world ironman records shares her experiences of performing …

017: Tom Boother on running from Land's End to John O'Groats

August 29th, 2018


In 2016 Tom Boother ran (yes ran) from Land's End to John O'Groats (for the non-Brits, that's bottom left to top right of Great Britain). What is remarkable about Tom is that he classes himself as a non-athlete, and in …

016: Barry Fudge on Heading up endurance

August 15th, 2018


Dr Barry Fudge is Head of Endurance at British athletics and lead scientist for many outstanding endurance athletes like Sir Mo Farah. Barry has a …

015: Adam Conlon on performance on the frontline in warfare and disaster zones

August 1st, 2018


Adam Conlon was a captain in the British Army, undertaking his officer training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He the entered the Royal Artillery, and is a veteran of two tours of Afghanistan. Adam talks …

014: Kelly Sotherton on receiving her 4x400m medal ten years late

July 22nd, 2018


In this special podcast episode I talk to Kelly Sotherton just after receiving a retrospectively awarded Olympic medal for the 4x400m, ten years after the Beijing games.


Show notes

Introduction to Kelly Sotherton …

013: Lucy Balfour, Ballerina at Rambert on performance, competition and motherhood

July 18th, 2018


Lucy Balfour is a leading dancer at the world renowned contemporary dance company Ballet Rambert. Lucy trained at the International Ballet Academy in Christchurch, then spent ten years with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, …

012: Liz Stokoe on science and art of conversation

July 4th, 2018


In this episode I interview Professor Liz Stokoe, while we were both speaking at Cheltenham Science Festival. Liz is a Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University, specialising in conversational analysis. …

011: Jo Meek on ultra-endurance

June 20th, 2018


In this episode I talk to Jo Meek, aka the "Running Squirrel". Jo is one of the world's leading ultra-endurance runners. In 2013 Jo was 2nd woman …

010: Toni Minichiello on communication with athletes

June 6th, 2018


In this episode I talk to long standing colleague, coach and friend Toni Minichiello, coach to one of the World's greatest athletes Dame Jessica …

009: Yann Le Meur on Infographics

May 21st, 2018


009 Yann Le Meur

This week's episode features an interview with Dr Yann Le Meur, physiologist and creator of the infographic phenomenon.

Yann Le …

008: Rosie Mayes, Jamie Pringle join Steve Ingham to talk culture

May 10th, 2018


Episode 008

In this episode I am joined once again by Rosie Mayes, and Jamie Pringle to talk culture in high performance sport and in the wider …

007: Jenny Rogers on Coaching

April 23rd, 2018


Jenny Rogers: Coaching Episode 007

Show notes


Where it all started? Jenny’s teaching career and her ‘development itch!'

Where did it all start? The BBC & finding Delia Smith!

Where did the development of …

006: David Fletcher on adversity

April 3rd, 2018


Supporting Champions Podcast 006 David Fletcher

In this episode I talk to David Fletcher about his career as a swimmer, researcher and expert in the area of adversity.

Show notes;

Early aspirations as a swimmer, but …

005: Emilie Thienot on mindfulness

February 24th, 2018


005: Emilie Thienot on mindfulness

Go out there, meet people, do something!

Overtime if I want something I don’t give up because I know it will …

004: Vern Gambetta on a career at the front line of coaching

February 11th, 2018


004 Vern Gambetta on a career in coaching


Guru or legend?!

How Vern got into sport

Role models

Be a generalist not a specialist

It’s still …

003: Rosie Mayes, Jamie Pringle join Steve Ingham to talk sustaining high performance

January 29th, 2018


Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes, discuss the rise of UK High Performance System that has gone from 36th on the medal table in 1996 Olympics to 2nd at the Rio Olympics in 2016, becoming a global sporting …

002: Rosie Mayes, Jamie Pringle join Steve Ingham to talk how a home Olympics gave focus

January 17th, 2018


Episode #2 Panel Discussion (Part 2 of 3)


Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes, discuss the rise of Uk High Performance System that has gone from 36th on the medal table in 1996 Olympics to 2nd at the Rio …

001: Rosie Mayes, Jamie Pringle join Steve Ingham to discuss rise in performance sport in UK

January 2nd, 2018


Episode 001 Panel Discussion (Part 1 of 3)

Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes, discuss the rise of Uk High Performance System that has gone from 36th on the medal table in 1996 Olympics to 2nd at the Rio Olympics …

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