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Q&A Live Call with Nick Thompson, double Laser World Champion - Remove your Ego from Decision Making

by Andy Rice 4 Jan 05:59 PST
Nick Thompson © RYA / Lloyd Images

Two world titles in the Laser / ILCA 7 class mark out Nick Thompson as one of the best dinghy racers of his generation. His first world title came in 2015 after four previous times standing on the podium at Laser World Championships. Persistence paid off.

The British sailor has since proven himself as a top coach, and these days is technical director for the Guatemalan Sailing Federation and working with Juan Maegli in the ILCA/ Laser for Paris 2024. Tasked with restructuring Guatemala's sailing program from Optimists to the Olympics, it's been quite a cultural shift for Nick after being part of the well-oiled medal-winning machine of the British Sailing Team for so many years!

This breadth of experience makes Nick a great candidate for this week's Live Q&A with Road To Gold. What has Nick been able to take from the well-proven British system and apply to smaller nations with less resources? And what has he had to do differently when working in a leaner system?

Some of the topics that Nick will be walking us through:

  • Removing ego from decision making
  • Managing total training volume (on and off water)
  • Self confidence, affecting everything from line awareness to self belief
  • Finding new processes to keep developing
  • The pain and sacrifice of campaigning a Laser
Join Hamish Willcox and Andy Rice for this in-depth 60 minute Q&A and put your own questions to Nick directly.

Here's the Zoom link to get on the call free:

us06web.zoom.us/j/82148627593?pwd=VUtxTkxGcEpCZ2NUN0tJSDhuZW1vQT09

Meeting ID: 821 4862 7593
Passcode: 897749

When?

The Q&A kicks off on Zoom at 1900 hours UK time Thursday evening 6 January/ 0800 hours NZ time on Friday morning 7 January.

Make sure you're signed up to the Road To Gold Facebook Group to get further info on the call.

It's free the join the call Live, but if you can't make it live you can get downloadable recordings of this session and other Road To Gold Q&As by following the link below and subscribing to the calls at a very favourable rate:

To subscribe to Live Coaching Calls visit www.roadtogold.net/p/calls

For more about the 12-step blueprint for a World Class Campaign, visit www.roadtogold.net

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