Unstoppable Athlete:
Mastering Resilience in Sports & Beyond.
Your journey as a high school or college athlete is more than just practices and games; it's a rollercoaster ride of life's highs and lows. From the adrenaline of a game-winning play to the heartbreak of an unexpected loss, or the challenges of balancing sports with academics—these moments are key in shaping not just your athletic career but your personal growth.

In this powerful and relatable presentation, Kathryn shares her personal experiences, including being told she'd never make it as a professional dancer, proving her critics wrong, and overcoming intense challenges like a nervous breakdown in her early thirties. She brings resilience to life, not just as a concept, but as a vital tool for navigating the complexities of young adulthood.

But this isn't just about stories. Kathryn provides a resilience toolkit designed specifically for young athletes like you. These are practical, proven strategies for bouncing back stronger from setbacks, whether it's an injury, a tough loss, or juggling the demands of student life.

Discover how to channel the discipline, teamwork, and dedication from your sports into every aspect of your life. Learn to see setbacks as opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Kathryn's insights will help you build a resilience muscle that powers you through not just your athletic pursuits, but all of life's challenges.

Join Kathryn on this journey to transform your athletic and personal challenges into stepping stones for success. This presentation is about more than just making it through; it's about thriving in the competitive and ever-changing game of life.


These key takeaways are designed to equip young athletes with the tools and mindsets necessary to navigate the unique challenges of high school and college life. It's about harnessing the power of resilience learned on the field to thrive in every aspect of your life.

1. Embracing Setbacks as Growth Opportunities: Learn to view setbacks, whether in sports or personal life, as essential growth moments. Develop the mindset that each challenge faced, whether a lost game or academic pressure, is a stepping stone towards personal development and success.

2. Balancing Athletics and Academics:
Gain strategies for effectively managing the unique pressures of being a student athlete. Learn how to juggle sports commitments with academic responsibilities, maintaining excellence in both arenas.

3. Building Mental Toughness in Sports and Life
Master the art of mental resilience that is crucial both on and off the field. Enhance your ability to stay focused, motivated, and persistent, even under the most challenging circumstances.

4. The Power of Positive Self-Talk: Discover techniques to transform your inner dialogue into a powerful tool for self-encouragement and motivation, especially critical during moments of self-doubt or after experiencing setbacks.

5. Strategies for Overcoming Personal Challenges:
Learn from Kathryn's personal journey to tackle life's challenges with resilience and determination. Gain insights into overcoming personal obstacles, including managing stress and mental health.

6. Cultivating a Supportive Network:
Understand the importance of building and relying on a network of teammates, coaches, friends, and family. Learn how a strong support system is key to resilience and success in both sports and life.

7. Transferring Athletic Discipline to Personal Goals:
Apply the discipline and dedication you've learned through sports to other areas of life. Whether setting academic goals, personal development objectives, or career aspirations, use your athletic discipline as a foundation for success.


Charting Your Athletic and Personal Future with Resilience

As you stand at the intersection of your high school or college athletic career and the wider world, "Forward Focus" is your playbook for forging a future that reflects your highest aspirations, both in sports and in life.

This presentation is not just about athletic excellence; it's a comprehensive guide to embracing resilience as your core strength. Here's how "Forward Focus" will support and inspire you in crafting your ideal future:

Mastering the Resilience Mindset: Delve into the mindset of resilience that is crucial for athletes. Learn how to cultivate a perspective that sees every hurdle as an opportunity to grow stronger and more skilled, both in your sport and in life.

Balancing Sports and Academics Successfully: Discover strategies to manage the unique challenges of being a student athlete. Gain insights into effectively balancing training, competitions, and academic responsibilities, setting the foundation for success in both arenas.

Building Mental and Emotional Strength: Learn techniques to develop mental toughness and emotional resilience. These skills are vital in handling the pressures of competitive sports and can be transferred to overcoming personal and academic challenges.

Crafting a Positive Personal Identity: Explore ways to define yourself beyond just being an athlete. This part of the presentation focuses on personal growth and self-discovery, encouraging you to embrace all aspects of your identity.

Developing a Supportive Network: Understand the importance of building a strong support system. Learn how to foster relationships with teammates, coaches, family, and friends who will support you in your athletic journey and beyond.

Setting and Achieving Personal Goals: Harness the discipline and focus honed through sports to set and achieve personal goals. Whether it's academic achievements, career aspirations, or personal development objectives, learn how to apply your athletic drive to all areas of life.

Preparing for Life After Sports: For senior students, gain insights into transitioning from school sports to future endeavors. Whether continuing in athletics or moving into new ventures, learn how to leverage your sports experiences for future success.

"Forward Focus" is more than just a presentation; it's a launchpad for your future. It's about taking the lessons, experiences, and strengths from your time as a student-athlete and using them to build a fulfilling and successful life, both on and off the field.

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.

"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

Empowering Athletes and Performers

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