World Champion rower Toby Garbett will share his experience and expertise with the Island’s sporting community on January 18.
Olympian Toby will be taking part in the latest Talent Day at the National Sports Centre in Douglas as part of the Isle of Man Sporting Excellence Programme’s second year with Kelly Holmes Education.
The day’s theme is ‘Coping with Injury’ and will cover topics including self-massage, core stability and sport psychology. Toby will be joined by leading Sport Psychologist Chris Gooder and Mark Bennett, MBE, who will be leading workshops on Coach Development.
The Talent Day will be attended by Isle of Man sporting performers and coaches from across a broad range of sports, including many who are focused on qualifying to join Team Isle of Man at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Launched in 2012 to inspire and prepare a new generation of sporting champions, the Isle of Man Sporting Excellence Programme, supported by leading Island businesses SMP Partners, Creechurch Capital and Microgaming, is delivered by Kelly Holmes Education. In addition to elements of physical training, the programme, which also involves Isle of Man Sport, the Isle of Man Coaches Association and the Isle of Man CGA, offers expert knowledge to address the emotional, physiological, psychological and social aspects of being a top sports performer.
Two-time World Champion rower Toby first represented Great Britain in 1997, aged 19, and has competed in five World Championships and two Olympic Games, in Sydney and Athens. After making his senior debut in 1997 in the men’s eight, finishing fourth at the World Championships, Toby was forced to miss two seasons due to illness and injury.
However, he bounced back in 2000, winning gold at the World Championships in the coxed four and the following year winning his second world title in the coxless four, followed by two silvers in 2002 and 2003.
In 2005, Toby set up his own personal training business which provides fitness training to schools and private clients. He brings his in-depth understanding of focus, motivation and self-belief into his work with clients and can help them achieve their goals whether they are complete beginners, returning to fitness after a break or injury or preparing for competition.
Chris Gooder and Mark Bennett, who have previously attended Isle of Man Sporting Excellence Programme Talent Days, will continue their work on sport psychology and coach development respectively.
Managing Director of SMP Partners, Mark Denton said:
“This is going to be a big year for Isle of Man sport, especially with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the biggest event where the Island is represented as a nation.”
“We are very hopeful of seeing the Isle of Man’s athletes standing on the podium in Glasgow and that the Sporting Excellence Programme has played its part in helping them to achieve this goal.”
Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, added:
“At one point or another, it is inevitable that a top-performing athlete is going to experience some sort of injury and setback. This session on ‘Coping with Injury’ will be extremely valuable for everyone attending and I’m sure Toby Garbett will have a fascinating story to tell.”
Creechurch Capital CEO John Greenwood said:
“This year is a very important sporting year for the Isle of Man with the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. A number of the participants will be focused on the games in Glasgow and we’re very proud to be able to help such a talented group of people at the top of their game. The Sporting Excellence Programme helps the participants through all aspects of sport and it’s important whether in business or sport; coping after a knockback is an essential part of being a success.”
Chris Quine, Sports Performance Co-ordinator at Isle of Man Sport Aid, concluded:
“We are really looking forward to another interesting day with Kelly’s team at the start of what is such a big year for Manx sport. I am sure that athletes and coaches will again take a lot away from the day. A lot of the coaches will be looking forward to working with Mark Bennett again; his previous workshops have been extremely interesting and challenged a lot of people’s perception of how to be an effective coach. Our thanks are due once again to our sponsors who have so generously supported this programme.”