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Happy New Year Friends, Skaters & Parents in the skating community! A little info as we head into the “off-season” in the skating year calendar, I had the pleasure of sitting down with some skaters post Skate Canada Challenge to begin the process of goal setting for the 2020 new year skating season. This can be daunting […]Read More..
MENTAL MISTAKE #8: Analyzing Your Performance With Emotions The final element of the program is done, the TV camera begins to zoom in on the skater’s face as all watch the smile fade and eyes downcast. The skater’s body language clearly shows disappointment, as the bows are mechanically […]Read More..
MENTAL MISTAKE #9: Failure To Cope With Pressure Pressure is a normal part of sports for athletes. It’s not uncommon for most athletes, weeks before competition to begin to talk about the pressure that they feel. As well, when an athlete begins to compete at higher levels and bigger competitions […]Read More..
MENTAL MISTAKE #7: OVERTHINKING & SECOND GUESSING It’s a big competition and you are at the boards ready to step on the ice for your warm-up when your mind begins its predictable pattern of doubting, questioning your preparation, training, ability. The dreaded “what if’s” […]Read More..
MISTAKE #6: DOUBTING YOUR SKILLS & ABILITIES “Canadian figure skater Aurora Cotop has all the makings of a future star” according to PJ Kwong, writer for CBC Sports. Aurora, like many young skaters across Canada dream of becoming Canadian Champion and competing at the World Championships and the Olympics. “It’s one of the goals […]Read More..
MENTAL MISTAKE #5: MISSING THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM FAILURE The Post Competition Assessment A skater will miss a jump, trip, fall or even hold back and try and play it safe. If you participate in skating, failure & mistakes are inevitable. And that’s ok. Mistakes and failure can actually be good for your young skater. […]Read More..
MENTAL MISTAKE #4: FAILURE TO PLAN & PREPARE EFFECTIVELY At a goal-setting seminar that I recently presented to young competitive figure skaters, I asked the young skaters to write down their dream goal for their skating career. Excitedly each skater wrote down their desired goals and set their pencils down, thinking […]Read More..
Have you ever stepped out on warm up ice, looked around at the competition and thought, “How can I compete against them?” For many skaters this one thought can be paralyzing. So how do we deal with self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy and a lack of confidence? The Dictionary definition of Confidence is: a feeling of […]Read More..
Failure……Friend Or Foe? It all comes down to having a healthy useful perspective about our mistakes and failures. Have you ever missed jumps in competition that you land every day in practice? Have you skated poorly at a competition or failed to achieve your goals? Missed elements and falls are something that every skater will […]Read More..
Is your sub-conscious mind an inner mean girl? It starts innocent enough. You make a silly mistake and right away that voice is there, “I am such an idiot”, you laugh, you might even say it out loud, but then you make another mistake and like a leopard pouncing on prey, that voice is there […]Read More..