Robbie Elliott (Former Professional Football Player)
That’s right – me!
Robbie hadn’t ridden a bike since he was a kid, his injury history was horrendous and he wanted me to get him ready for a charity cycle ride – 3500 miles over 25 brutal days from Lisbon to Tyneside, through four countries and visiting eight football clubs.
He can’t resist a challenge. Fortunately for him, neither can I. That’s probably why I’ve been able to cope with the unpredictability of sport for almost 20 years.
I’m a ‘Specialist Generalist’ with the ability to thrive in a range of settings and make use of a variety of resources. It’s why I’ve been able to bring my unique skill set to bear across 35 different sports.
REHABILITATION AND RECONDITIONING
Craig Heap (Olympic, World and European Finalist gymnast, captain of the 1998 and 2002 Gold Medal-winning Commonwealth Games Team)
High-performance sport asks questions of the human body and the relentless battering it takes during training and competition means that at some point an athlete will pick up an injury.
Craig had trained for 18 years to become British Champion, he had won the first two Olympic trials and was preparing for the final trial, which was also the British Championships, when he slipped and broke his hand.
There were only seven weeks until the team travelled to Sydney.
I was an integral part of the support team that started working with Craig three days after incurring his injury, and 49 days later he boarded the plane before competing, three weeks later, in the Men’s All-Around Final.
He delivered a personal best, and at the time the best-placed finish for a GB gymnast.
Working closely with medical support teams I’ve helped to return athletes with career threatening injuries back to full fitness and competition using innovative rehabilitation strategies.
EDUCATION AND MENTORING
Peter Elliot (MBE) (Deputy Director of Operations – English Institute of Sport)
Education, for me, is about making the complex seem simple.
That’s what I do when I speak at national and international conferences, about high-performance sport, when I lecture at major universities and when I work with the likes of the English Institute of Sport, Nike and the Jaguar Academy of Sport.
And it’s what I do when I take the knowledge gained through almost 20 years of working in high-performance sport to develop a professional development plan and mentoring programme for aspiring sport science professionals, strength and conditioning coaches and fitness professionals.
Because I’m as passionate about helping coaches realise their potential as I am about my athletes.
It’s what I do.
“One word, inspirational. Ever since Nick visited the school to talk to the pupils about his career teachers have been telling me how much the pupils not only enjoyed his presentation but how they were inspired by Nick’s story. They all wish they had been able to attend!”
Tony Wilson (Head of History – Abbotsholme School)