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SPEAKERS

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THE SILENT BATTLE: AN EXPERIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION IN PRO SPORT

Nile Wilson is one of Great Britain’s greatest-ever gymnasts and has been a trailblazer for the sport in many different ways.

 

He won a Bronze Medal in the Horizontal Bar at the 2016 Rio Olympics which was Team GB’s first ever Olympic medal in the discipline. He is also England's most successful-ever gymnast at a Commonwealth Games following his 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals in 2018.

 

Yet, Nile is so much more than just a gymnast – a YouTuber with over 1.5 million subscribers and 350 million total views; a social media influencer; a highly successful entrepreneur; an advocate for mental health awareness; and a powerful voice within his sport over the historic treatment of gymnasts.

 

Nile himself has been very open about his own personal struggles with mental health issues and gambling. Nile is an inspiration to millions due to his accomplishments, his humour and, most importantly, his honesty in life.

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HOW THE BUSINESS SIDE OF SPORT CAN LEARN FROM CORPORATE MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGIES

Dr Phil Hopley is a globally recognised expert in mental health and performance. He holds advisory roles with a number of the UK’s leading professional service firms and the McLaren Formula 1 Race Team.

 

Phil is a Medical Doctor, Consultant Psychiatrist and former premiership rugby player. His broad experience across acute community mental health, challenging secure unit psychiatry and corporate crisis management gives him a unique perspective on people, mindset and performance. He coaches senior leaders using Cognacity’s evidence based and psychometric guided Authentic Leadership programme with impactful results.

 

Phil’s 20 years as a medicolegal expert enables him to effectively support leaders coping with the intense media-exposed demands of high profile events including: Commons Select Committee hearings, the US Senate Committee hearings, contentious Employment Tribunals and Civil Court cases.

 

In his downtime, mindful dog walking, watching sport, playing golf and spending quality uninterrupted time with family and friends helps keep Phil balanced.

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DEMYSTIFYING THERAPY: MATCHING ATHLETE NEED WITH SPECIALIST THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS

Dr Ollie Twizell is a high-performance Counselling Psychologist who has established his own private practice, Twizell Psychology, in addition to working for the NHS in the North-West of England. He gained his professional doctorate from the University of Manchester Counselling Psychology Programme and he's also a published, peer-reviewed author with a specific focus on therapy in sport and exercise environments (Counselling, psychotherapy and training the football elite, 2021).

​He is passionate about demystifying the world of psychology and in particular, in the high performance environments he studied in his thesis. Having trained in all the major therapy approaches and integrated these into his work with clients, Ollie developed the Mental Fitness Matters platform, born out of a frustration that too many people seem to have bad therapy experiences. 

​Ollie will use his SC2024 workshop to myth bust therapy in elite sport and outline the non-negotiables for those who work alongside athletes in the intensity of high performance environments whilst trying to meet their needs as they relate to wellbeing.

​It's a must for player care and performance staff, for mental health practitioners interested in this field and for the senior leaders within sporting organisations who want to understand more about the tangible benefits of applying clinically appropriate, tailored support in a sporting context.

 

Further speakers to be announced on our channels throughout May and June.

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ROB WOTTON

Rob Wotton is a familiar face to sports fans as both presenter and journalist. Rob has become a fixture on Sky Sports News as a presenter, having been part of the original team in 1998, and throughout his career has gone on to host most of the shows on the news channel.

Rob is a trained BACP counsellor and combines his work on television by helping clients on a range of emotional issues. Rob has been a long term friend of Sporting Chance, and helps run Scuba Diving lessons as a trained instructor to our residential clients as part of their varied schedule to recovery.

Rob Wotton is a familiar face to sports fans as both presenter and journalist. Rob has become a fixture on Sky Sports News as a presenter, having been part of the original team in 1998, and throughout his career has gone on to host most of the shows on the news channel.

 

Rob is a trained BACP counsellor and combines his work on television by helping clients on a range of emotional issues. Rob has been a long term friend of Sporting Chance, and helps run Scuba Diving lessons as a trained instructor to our residential clients as part of their varied schedule to recovery.

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