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Talent to Triumph: How Athletes Turn Potential into High Performance

Amy Williams MBE

“We believe that all young people should benefit from the life changing benefits of sport & that they can find their passion & interest by exploring as many sports as possible. Amy explores some of the key concepts in helping anyone who has the determination to excel and fulfil their potential. Through her invaluable insights Amy helps us understand the decisions and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The Youth Sport Trust

“Most young people in sport take years to build the required knowledge for success through (often difficult) experiences, sometimes this can be too late. Amy has written a book that means a reader can learn everything they’d need to know in an instant, highly recommended”

Sir Clive Woodward OBE
World Cup Winning Head Coach: England Rugby Union, Head Coach: British & Irish Lions, Director of Football: Southampton FC, Director of Sport: British Olympic Association

“Anyone involved with any sport will benefit enormously from this book. Talent to Triumph is relentlessly practical, you simply can’t fail to be inspired & educated by Amy & the incredible list of contributors”

Helen Skelton
Broadcaster: Blue Peter, Countryfile, BBC Swimming

“Having trained from a very early age I can appreciate that there are certain times growing up when there are added pressures in a young athlete’s life. Balancing education, social life and activities, family commitments & training are major mountains to overcome. It is understandable that this is the time when most aspiring elite athletes lose their way and are likely to get side-tracked. Amy has the experience and expertise at the highest level of elite sport and has created a very credible “go to” to provide support and guidance across a range of topics from mindset to preparation to setbacks. I am sure it will help lots of up & coming talent.”

Victoria Pendleton CBE
Double Olympic Champion, Multiple World Champion: Track Cycling

“Amy Williams has written a book which will be as invaluable to young athletes and sports people as it will be to the parents & carers who nurture them. Her insight and experience has been carefully distilled into proper take away nuggets of advice, warnings and learnings from her exemplary career as a gold medal winning Olympian & from the observations of other sports men and women she has witnessed being successful and making mistakes along the way. You will want to thank her when you have read it”.

Gabby Logan MBE
Sports Broadcaster, former International Rhythmic Gymnast

“Amy Williams knows what it takes to win. As an Olympian – & an Olympic champion no less – her experience, insight and opinion carries great value for anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps. As part of Great Britain’s skeleton team she has been part of one of this country’s most successful sports teams, producing serial winners Games after Games.”

Mike Hay
Chef de Mission (Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)

“Amy has written a fantastic blueprint for young athletes to learn from. Her experiences, mixed with those of so many other elite performers make this book an absolute treasure trove of advice”

Kate Grey
Paralympian, World Championships Medallist: Swimming, Broadcaster, Mentor

“Having watched Amy train every day for years, there is nobody better qualified to describe what it takes to make it in sport. She was relentless & became the very best”

David Flatman
Saracens, Bath & England: Rugby Union, Broadcaster

“Moving from being talented to the elite levels is the toughest challenge for any young athlete. The lessons in this brilliant book from those who’ve been there, done it, faced challenges, faced fear, overcome obstacles and achieved their dreams makes it an invaluable resource”

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE
4 x Olympic Champion, 11 x World Champion: Sailing


Paperback isbn: 9781914110092
Pages: 264
Publication Date: October 8th 2021


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Table of contents

  1. Selecting Your Sport
  2. Barriers
  3. Managing Injury, Setbacks & Fear
  4. Teamwork
  5. Goals
  6. Mindset
  7. Training & Preparation
  8. Longevity
  9. Dealing with Media & Attention
  10. Success & Peak Performance

About the book

Talented athletes across all sports don’t always go on to fulfil their true potential.

The ratio of those that do, compared to those that don’t is incredibly small.

You mightn’t have found the right sport for you, you might have faced setbacks, barriers, bad luck or lack of facilities. You mightn’t have the knowledge required to optimise your performance, look after your wellbeing or take a long-term approach to your sporting journey.

This book is the answer.

Olympic Champion, Amy Williams MBE guides you through your entire sporting journey, using her own experiences & those of some of Britain’s greatest athletes to help you turn your talent into your triumph.

You’ll learn about mindset, confidence, teamwork, overcoming barriers & setbacks, dealing with injuries, longevity, training & preparation, talent identification schemes, maximising competition/match day outcomes & much more besides.

Featuring original insight from elite performers across many sports & other relevant fields, including Rebecca Adlington (Swimming), Vassos Alexander (Sports Broadcaster), Brian Ashton (rugby), Graham Bell (Skiing), Freddie Burns (Rugby), Maria Costello (Motorcycling), Laura Deas (Skeleton), Heather Fell (Modern Pentathlon), Jason Fox (Broadcaster, former UK Special Forces Soldier), Jason Gardener (Sprints), Helen Glover (Rowing), Sally Gunnell (400m Hurdles),  Danny Holdcroft (Head of Performance), Colin Jackson (110m Hurdles), John Jackson (Bobsleigh), Jade Jones (Taekwondo), Katy Livingston (Modern Pentathlon), Lewis Moody (Rugby Union), Eleanor Oldroyd (Sports Broadcaster), Chris Price (Head of Performance, English Institute of Sport), Susie Rodgers (Swimming), Vanessa Ruck (Motorcycling), Ellie Simmonds (Swimming), Heather Stanning (Rowing), Dame Sarah Storey (Cycling, Swimming), Lucy Stone (Breathing Techniques), Tanya Streeter (Freediving), Hannah White (Solo Sailing) & Professor Greg Whyte (Sport Psychologist & Pentathlete).

Talent to Triumph is your full guide to maximising your sporting talent, whatever it may be.

About the author

Amy Williams MBE was the first British female to win individual Winter Olympic Gold in 58 years when she did so in Vancouver in 2010. Since retiring from skeleton racing, Amy has presented for BBC Sport, ITV & The Gadget Show, is an athlete mentor for Team GB, an ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust & Sports Aid, a Personal Trainer, Public Speaker & role model for young athletes everywhere.

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