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Inside with Brett Hawke: Jack Roach

INSIDE with BRETT HAWKE
Episode 001: Jack Roach

Do Olympic swimmers feel fear and doubt like the rest of us?

Jack Roach has spent over 35 years coaching swimmers of all levels including a robust lineup of world class athletes and Olympians. In today’s episode, he talks to me about life lessons, his growth as a coach and insights gained from observing and working with high performance swimmers. Listen in to find out just what it is that sets high level performers apart from the rest.

"If something you're telling yourself going into a high-pressure challenge is not true it will be exposed and it will negatively impact your performance. It is never about the doing, it's always about the being... when we prepare to adjust that's where we get found and that's what those folks can do." - Jack Roach [30:52]

Key Takeaways:

· Lessons to be learned from the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant

· How Jack Roach was able to grow as a coach through working with high performance swimmers.

· The thought processes that set Olympic level swimmers apart.

· The key to confidence as a swimmer.

· Why honesty and vulnerability are necessary for success in both swimming and coaching.

Episode Timeline:

[00:00] Intro- Jack Roach

[00:50] Coaching is like building a fence

[02:18] The motivation for this podcast

[03:03] Kobe Bryant's passing

[06:05] The biggest lesson to be learned from loss

[06:33] What is it that helps you connect with the people who admire you?

[09:21] Early career mistakes

[10:31] What would you say to your younger self?

[14:48] What separates high-level performance athletes from the rest

[21:07] How high-level performance athletes prepare

[24:45] Maintaining consistent performance under pressure

[27:09] What Micheal Phelps and Natalie Coughlin have in common

[29:01] Do fear a doubt exist in world-class athletes?

[32:23] Outro

Key Quotes:

· "I don't think you can live as crisp of a life, that we're living right now without experiencing pain because things become routined and ordinary." -Jack Roach [04:31]

· "Everyone respects honesty and vulnerability. We hear that phrase all the time that the only way to courage is through vulnerability.. you hear it but if you live it, you know it's true. -Jack Roach [09:57]

· "I do not believe that someone else can give someone confidence. I think only a person can give themselves confidence and it only comes from doing things very special.” - Jack Roach [24:26]

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Special Thanks:

The podcast is presented by Fitter & Faster.

Produced and promoted by Swimnerd.

Connect:

Find | Brett Hawke

On Instagram @hawkebr

Find | Jack Roach

On Instagram: @coachjackroach