Young athletes chasing success in sports and most importantly, in LIFE!
A RISE Mentor is:
The culture of sports has become very oriented towards WINNING. I’ve been there, stood atop of the podium, and very quickly realized there was so much MORE to the sport than just winning.
My aim is to bring this “MORE” into the lives of the next generation of athletes. As an Olympic Gold Medalist, I know about success and what it takes to get there. My approach utilizes all of the elements outside the pool that make the biggest impact: mindset, fuel, and fitness.
It’s my goal to build our kids up to be great athletes while, more importantly, teaching them to tap in to the roots of happiness and success in all dimensions of life.
After I retired from professional swimming, I was seeking ways to stay connected with the sport and the next generation of athletes. I tried the swim clinics and lessons, but it left me wanting more! I loved working with the kids but the experiences were too brief. I never got the chance to teach them what I really wanted to share.
At the same time, I began my fascination with several aspects of sport that I was learning through my own research and interest. From psychology to breath, body positioning, yoga, mindfulness, and much more, I couldn’t believe that as an elite athlete I was just learning this for the first time. To me, these were the game changers of sport. This is what makes the difference between good and great!
RISE is my way to pass on the knowledge I’ve gathered and the theory I’ve used, as an Olympic Gold Medalist and advocate of a well-balanced approach to athletics and life.
One of the amazing things about RISE Elite is the opportunity to work with Caroline Burckle. She’s an Olympic teammate of mine from 2008 and brought home Bronze from the games. Caroline brings lots of knowledge to the table, recently graduating from University of Tennessee with a Master of Science in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior, among many other accolades. Along with Caroline’s list of certifications and degrees comes the connection that we share, making growing this project in to a business a fun endeavor and bringing balance both to our business and our lives.
Together we began RISE Elite in the summer of 2015, with each of us coaching our own group of kids. As we grow, our official launch is coming in 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited!
From learning what it takes to get to the top of your sport, not just through training but also tapping in to the power of your mind, to applying this theory to your life, mentoring has been the most impactful way I am able to connect and create success with sports.
Through RISE Athletes, the impact of self-improvement through a mindful approach is amplified across the entire span of sports. From kids just starting out all the way to the elite level athlete and Olympians.
Since beginning to work with her mentor, Caroline, I have noticed an improvement in my daughter's overall attitude toward life in general. I think that working with Caroline has helped her to see how much she has accomplished in her short life and what great things that she has yet to achieve in her future. Her mentor has gotten her to see the value of herself as a person, teammate, etc.
I think the most positive thing and changes is I know the boys hear "your voice!" Especially, when they are thinking about their thoughts and are they pushing forward. I know they take extreme comfort that they know you are on their side, supporting them through this time. I see working to be more positive about their outlook whether it be sport, school, or life. Our young always need voices in their lives, mostly to let them know they are capable and have tremendous support. I would even say that you have mentored me as well. I would absolutely recommend you as a coach/mentor to others.
My daughter and I have such a common bond with our experience with your workshop! She talks how it changed her life. Mentally she has grown far beyond the teenagers I come in contact with in the classroom. My wife and I have never seen her believe in herself more than she does now. It is fun and exciting!
The biggest thing I have noticed is my belief and confidence in myself. Also my focus has gotten better. I am able to push myself harder than I have ever been able to before, no matter if it’s in practice or in races. The online course has helped me believe in myself! I realize now that I don’t need to train harder, I need to train smarter. I need to focus on what I do well and make that even better. I now face competition with excited energy rather just hoping I do well.