As athletes, you know the importance of physical training, technique, and strategy in your sport. However, the true secret to gaining a winning edge lies in mastering something much deeper–your inner game. The mental and emotional aspects of sports are just as crucial as physical abilities, and often, they are what set champions apart from the rest.

The Power of Mindset

Your mindset shapes everything. It’s not just about positivity, but building resilience, focus, and determination to overcome any challenge.

Emotional Intelligence on the Field

Emotional intelligence is crucial in sports, enabling you to manage stress, stay focused under pressure, and recover quickly from disappointments.

Visualization: Seeing is Achieving

Visualization involves detailed mental rehearsals that prepare your mind for success, training your brain to execute perfect moves and win.

Goal Setting and Mental Toughness

Effective goal setting provides motivation and direction, while mental toughness helps you persevere, remain committed, and overcome setbacks.

Cultivating Self-Discipline

Self-discipline ensures you continue training and maintaining healthy habits, even when motivation drops. It’s essential for peak performance.

Team Dynamics and Communication

Success in sports often hinges on effective team dynamics and communication, understanding each other’s roles, and uniting towards shared goals.

By mastering your inner game, you're not just improving as an athlete; you're setting yourself up for success in all areas of life. This approach to sports is about holistic growth–physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's about becoming the best version of yourself, both on and off the field!



Cultivating a Champion's Mindset:
Learn to develop and maintain a resilient and focused mindset, essential for overcoming challenges and performing under pressure. This mental fortitude is key to excelling in sports and life.

Harnessing Emotional Intelligence in Sports:
Gain the ability to manage emotions effectively, both your own and those of teammates. This skill enhances team cohesion, personal performance, and the ability to remain composed in high-stress situations.

The Power of Visualization Techniques:
Master the art of mental rehearsal to improve physical performance. Visualization helps in perfecting techniques and strategies, leading to increased confidence and readiness for actual competition. And not everyone visualizes the same way.

Strategic Goal Setting and Mental Toughness:
Learn to set and achieve realistic yet challenging goals. This process not only boosts motivation but also fosters mental toughness, essential for pushing through barriers and achieving long-term objectives.

Building Unwavering Self-Discipline:
Develop the self-discipline necessary for consistent training, proper nutrition, and recovery. This discipline is crucial for peak performance and maintaining high levels of physical and mental fitness.

Strengthening the Mind-Body Connection:
Understand and fully utilize mindfulness and the connection between mental and physical health. A strong mind-body link leads to improved overall well-being, better stress management, faster recovery from injuries, and enhanced athletic performance.

Effective Team Dynamics and Communication:
Enhance your ability to communicate and collaborate within a team setting. Strong team dynamics are critical for success in team sports and contribute to a more enjoyable and productive athletic experience.

These key takeaways are designed to empower athletes with the skills and knowledge to excel in their sports by mastering their inner game. The benefits extend beyond athletic performance, offering tools for personal development and success in all areas of life.


As athletes, you're constantly pushing your limits, striving for greater heights in both performance and personal growth. "Forward Focus" is your roadmap to mastering the inner strengths that are as crucial as your physical abilities in achieving athletic excellence.

Here's what "Forward Focus" brings to your athletic journey:

Mental Resilience in Sports:
Step into a world where your mind is your greatest ally. Learn how to cultivate a champion's mindset that can weather any storm-be it a tough loss, a challenging opponent, or internal doubts.

Emotional Agility On and Off the Field:
Develop the emotional intelligence crucial for navigating the highs and lows of your athletic career. You'll gain skills to manage stress, maintain focus in pressure situations, and harness positive emotions to fuel your performance.

Visualization: Your Secret Strategy:
Unlock the power of your imagination to enhance your physical training. We'll dive into practical visualization techniques that prepare you mentally for every game, ensuring you're always one step ahead.

Goal Setting and Grit:
Discover the art of setting effective goals and the grit to achieve them. Whether it’s improving your personal best, recovering from an injury, or aiming for a championship, learn how to set, pursue, and achieve meaningful objectives.

Discipline: The Backbone of Success:
Discipline is the cornerstone of great athleticism. We'll explore strategies to strengthen your self-discipline, ensuring that your training, nutrition, and recovery are always on point.

The Mind-Body Power Duo:
Dive into the synergy between mental and physical health. Understand how mental well-being can enhance physical performance, and how physical fitness can improve mental strength.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work:
In team sports, unity is strength. Learn how to be an effective communicator and a supportive teammate, creating a positive and productive team environment.

"Forward Focus" is not just about being a better athlete; it's about being a well-rounded individual with the skills to succeed in every aspect of life. It's about harnessing the power within you to create a future where you're not just participating in your sport, but truly excelling in it.

Empowering the Next Generation of Athletes and Performers

Kathryn's transformation from a state-level athlete to a motivational speaker is a journey of passion and success. Her achievements in sports, dance, and motivational speaking make her a role model for aspiring athletes and performers.

A Journey of Evolution and Success

From excelling in track and field, softball, and netball, Kathryn learned discipline and resilience. Influenced by her father, a former Australian Cycling Champion, she adopted a growth mindset. Transitioning to dance, she became a professional dancer, blending physical and mental strength. Kathryn then founded a successful performing arts school and developed "The Inner Game of Winning Program," coaching athletes and performers to reach their dreams.

Empowering Young Athletes and Performers

Kathryn shares her experiences with high school and college students, especially athletes and performers, focusing on:

  • Physical and Mental Strength: Emphasizing the importance of mental resilience in achieving physical goals.
  • Nurturing Talent: Offering guidance from her performing arts school experience.
  • Mental Strategies for Peak Performance: Teaching practical tools for mental conditioning through her "Inner Game of Winning Program."
  • Inspirational Guidance: Providing actionable strategies for personal and athletic excellence.

Empowering Athletes and Performers

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"I have had only two sessions with Kathryn and I have to say it changed my life. My desired outcome for the sessions was to equip myself with the techniques and strategies to change my way of thinking and empower me to be in peak mental condition for my auditions.
Kathryn was absolutely amazing in showing me where I’d gone off track in the past. So, unlike previous years, applying what she taught me helped me land numerous contracts in opera companies all around the world. Thank you so much Kathryn. I’m forever grateful."

Judit Lorincz – Opera Singer

"Kathryn has worked with my teams on goals and confidence. I had a successful season when she helped my U22 Women’s Team win the State Championship for the first time, from the unlikely position of 5th halfway through the season. So, I decided to call on her to help my St. Augustine’s Varsity Team who were struggling with lack of belief.

We went on to win the remainder of games that season including the Conference Final by thirty points, over a team that had beaten us both times during the regular season. The boys hardly missed a shot in the opening period and gave their opposition little chance of success.

Kathryn's methodology and expertise in identifying and banishing unconscious limiting beliefs, building confidence, and bonding a team, are far more superior to what most sports psychologist are capable of achieving." 

Brad Dalton – Dual Olympian, Director of Basketball St. Augustine's College.

"Before I started working with Kathryn I was riddled with anxiety and self-doubt. After two sessions I headed to Tasmania to swim in eight events at the Tasmanian Short Course Championships. Applying what Kathryn taught me to calm my nerves and visualize exactly how I wanted my events to go, I came home with 8 gold medals and did 6 PB/s (personal bests) shaving a whopping 6 seconds off my previous PB for the 200 meters individual medley. Thanks so much, Kathryn."

Sarah Keenahan - Swimmer

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