Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference: Keynote Announcement

British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to announce Dr Peter Olusoga as the next keynote for the 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference, taking place on the 12th and 13th November at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire.

You can’t pour from an empty cup! Coach well-being as the foundation for a sustainable profession.

Sports coaching can be a highly rewarding profession. It can, however, be extremely demanding and often, at times, exhausting. Across all levels of sport, coaches, managers, and support staff are all under increasing pressure to ‘perform’ in their roles, and manage multi-faceted, conflicting, interpersonal and professional demands. Meeting the high expectations of the coaching profession can create something of a Superman complex, a sense of always being on duty and needing to take on responsibility for every aspect of performance, which in turn, can lead to coaches masking emotional difficulties to project an outward appearance of stoicism. Sport itself is often typified by ideas about toughness, strength, grit, and resilience, and when coupled with coaches’ expectations to ‘perform’ their roles, showing vulnerability and seeking help, become all the more challenging.

Coaches can, however, take some steps to care for their own well-being. Through developing skills in self-awareness and self-compassion, and through understanding the role of coach-identity and the importance of values across multiple aspects of life, coaches can more effectively manage the demands of coaching.

This talk will explore stress, burnout, and well-being in sports coaching. Peter will discuss the importance of and the interplay between individual and organisational level strategies to protect coach well-being, reduce the likelihood of burnout, and make coaching a more sustainable profession.

Dr Peter Olusoga…

Dr Peter Olusoga is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam. His award-winning PhD thesis focused on stress and coping in elite sports coaching, and his current research focuses on burnout, and well-being in high-performance sports environments. In addition to research, Dr Olusoga is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a sport psychology consultant, and host of the Eighty Percent Mental podcast.

We’ve recently announced Doug Cooper and Emma Atkins as our keynote speakers. We will be sharing further details of the 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference over the next few weeks, ahead of bookings opening in June.