Everyone has their issues in life, athletes are no different.
It may look like we live great lives with little going wrong. That is all people see, they rarely get to see the bigger picture into what is bubbling under the surface. Athletes are human beings at the end of the day: when things begin to go wrong in life or you have a bump in the road, often we need help to overcome it.
I was a relatively established junior athlete, with a successful junior and youth career – on paper, it looks fantastic! What you don’t get to see are the ups and downs, the issues I faced which impacted my life let alone my training and competing. These things got the better of me in the end, I lost the love I once had for the sport (if you know me, well…you know I lived for athletics).
Eventually, I decided to leave my training group. I’ve only stepped on a track once in the last 8 months, so I can begin sorting what needs to be sorted. There’s been a lot to think about. Why did this happen? What could I or others have done to prevent this?
“Providing a safe space for sportspeople to find the answers they need that sometimes they are too scared to ask”
Martyn Rooney, World and Olympic Medalist
Why didn’t I get help?
Getting help is difficult, for some more than others. The small things or the big things – they are both important. A lot of the time people feel like there is nowhere to go, no one to talk to, and no one who understands. What if talking was made easy? What if there was somewhere you could go to seek help or see that other people are going through the same things?
I get more joy in helping others than most things. Helping someone achieve something makes me happier than doing it myself, don’t ask me why or how! theathleteplace is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Though, it has been needed for even longer.
theathleteplace is a platform where that facilitates athlete wellbeing – athletes can seek peer-to-peer help for what they’re going through with theathleteplace Hub. Perhaps you can give some advice on a topic: athlete-related things or personal, family, academic or professional concerns. The list is endless. There is always someone who has experienced what you are going through – therefore, there is always someone to talk to.
“Athlete wellbeing is something that is often missed in the conversation about performance. theathleteplace fills that gap, somewhere for athletes to talk about their mental health and all the things big and small, serious and lighthearted that are so important, but so often omitted”
Jazmin Sawyers, Rio 2016 Olympian & 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist
theathleteplace will not only provide services and initiatives in order to help the current and future generations but also facilitate a platform for user-published content including blog posts, stories and discussions where you can seek or give support to those in need, or simply express yourself. Not to mention theathleteplace podcast, featuring some of the best athletes around who have also been through it all, it will make for interactive and meaningful content. Topics are chosen by athletes, for athletes, and made by athletes.
“theathleteplace has been needed for a long time. If your mental health isn’t where you want it to be right now, that’s okay. But let’s talk, share, feel and manage our health. With theathleteplace, we can be better together”.
Jack Green, Two-Time Olympian & Wellbeing Consultant
The sporting community is wonderful – the support, competitiveness and talent on display are what brings us all together. With theathleteplace, we can offer a helping hand and support one another to greater success, happiness and health.
We aim to create a brand synonymous with athlete wellbeing. The many facets of athlete wellbeing play their own integral part in ensuring success and more importantly, happiness. From building community, facilitating communication between athletes to supporting parents in their own journeys raising athletes and so much more.
theathleteplace cares about you.