Becoming a True Athlete offers a desperately needed counterpoint to the win-at-all-costs culture of sport that is so prevalent and destructive today. By drawing on ancient wisdom and modern psychology The True Athlete Philosophy describes a way for athletes to achieve more of their athletic potential, gain enhanced well-being as they go through their sporting career and think more deeply and clearly about the true meaning and value of sport. This is a book that presents both idealism and realism – a powerful vision for unlocking sports true potential for good in the world and the practical steps that will help bring that vision to pass.
There is a looming existential crisis for competitive sport. We are witnessing a waning trust in the integrity of sport at all levels that stems from the win-at-all-costs culture that has become so pervasive, worldwide. Doping, fraud, corruption and inhumane high-performance systems as well as worrying levels of dropout, burnout and mental health problems among athletes, all points to the fact that sport has lost track of its true meaning and is increasingly out of touch with its core values.
What is needed is a powerful counterpoint to this results-focussed culture, one which goes far deeper than the superficial realm of wins, losses, medals and fame, and that provides a roadmap for athletes to discover deeper meaning and achieve more in their sporting lives.
The True Athlete Philosophy is that counterpoint.
This is an approach that harnesses the best of sport – the persistent drive for excellence, constant innovation, unmatched opportunities for personal development – and puts it firmly in service of the participants and society as a whole. Sport can be a tremendous tool for unlocking potential and thriving in life, but currently it is not coming close to delivering on that promise. Drawing on a combination of ancient wisdom and modern psychology, The True Athlete Philosophy explores how athletes can harness their lived experience of sport to contribute to a healthy, meaningful and fulfilled life and be of greater benefit to their community.
About the author
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.