Paperback isbn: 9781914110030
Publication Date: August 20th 2021
Part 1. Introducing the True Athlete Philosophy
Part 2. The Virtues of the True Athlete Philosophy
Part 3. Mental-Emotional Strategies and Practices for Cultivating the True Athlete Virtues
There is a looming existential crisis for competitive sport. While unmatched in its potential to provide peak human experiences and help us to thrive in life, sport all too often creates devastating consequences for individuals and society.
We are witnessing a waning trust in the integrity of sport that stems from the win-at-all-costs culture, now pervasive worldwide. Doping, corruption and inhumane high-performance systems as well as worrying levels of dropout, burnout and mental health issues among athletes are rife. This all points to the fact that sport has lost track of its true meaning and core values.
What is needed is a powerful counterpoint to this results-focused culture. One which goes far deeper than wins, losses, medals and fame, providing a roadmap for athletes to discover greater meaning and achieve more in their sporting lives. Becoming a True Athlete is that counterpoint.
Drawing on a combination of ancient wisdom and modern psychology, Becoming a True Athlete is written by two-time Olympian, Laurence Halsted, for athletes and those that support them. It shows how they can harness their lived experience of sport to contribute to a healthy, meaningful and fulfilled life. This approach unleashes the best of sport – the persistent drive for excellence, constant innovation, unmatched opportunities for personal development – putting it firmly in service of the participants and society as a whole.
Laurence Cassøe Halsted is a two-time Olympic fencer who competed for Team GB in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. After retiring from competitive sport Laurence became the Performance Director for the Danish Fencing Federation. He joined The True Athlete Project in 2016 where he is currently the Director of Mentoring as well as consultant on TAPs various other programs and projects, all with an ambition of creating a more compassionate world through sport.