Chris Ratcliffe - CEO Boccia England and previously represented GB in the 1985 Deaflympics (Water Polo) and Wales Deaf Rugby
Chris shares his experience in life and sport growing up as a deaf person trying to ‘fit in’ and learning that the realisation that every one of us is different
Chris really brings to life what it has been like living with and overcoming adversity. Being born profoundly deaf, being bullied as a young person and playing performance sport and successfully undertaking senior positions with sporting organisations are all areas we cover in this amazing conversation over a zoom call.
For me there is a real theme of do we want to be treated the same or differently and the consequences of this.
If you are facing challenges and wondering how you may over come them then listen in for some inspiration and guidance. Chris shares some of his strategies that helped. They may help you!
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Success Quote or saying:
You can only control what you can control
Egos and logos
Reflect and listen
The importance of feedback in a safe environment
A conscious journey of learning
Preparation is key
Being a game changer and making a difference
Michael Jordan said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Success is often more down to the effort you put in more than anything else
Fine line between managing frustration and getting frustrated
You have to practice in order to become good at it
The importance of coaching the person not the sport
Somebody who believed in me because of my ability not seeing my deafness as a disability
The importance of switching off and relaxing
Quick fire questions:
The books that you would recommend are?
Winning!: The path to Rugby World Cup glory by Clive Woodward
My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography by Eddie Jones
Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson
How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…
Read – Ian Rankin
Get out and walk the ‘black dog’
Note book and pen to capture thoughts
In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?
Pay attention and value learning
Everyone of us is different…. We are all different from one another!
Celebrate and embrace differences.
Who has made a big impact on you?
Celia Brackenridge (course tutor and personal tutor) She made me feel included.
Barry Horne at Activity Alliance
Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?
Johnny Weissmuller actor and swimmer
Terence Parkin deaf South African swimmer
Tom Smith (Scottish Rugby Player)
Coaching questions I would like to pose:
What are you taking for granted in your life and how could you show greater appreciation for what you have?
How open are you to learning and your blind spots and what do you need to have in place to unearth them, then potential they offer and the associated learning?
Will Jefferson - Founder of Performance Catalyst Ltd and Former 1st Class Cricketer
Eboni Usoro-Brown (Nee Beckford-Chambers) - England and TeamBath netballer, solicitor, wife and mum
Karen Brown MBE – Former 3x Olympic Hockey Player and 3x Olympic Hockey Coach now Coach Developer
Lou Englefield – Director of Pride Sports UK, Campaign Director of Football v Homophobia, Fare Network board member & sports activist.
Kevin Nicholson - Head of Coaching at Exeter City Football Club and former professional footballer
Lucy Moore - Head of Professional Workforce at Sport England, Trustee at Activity Alliance, PhD student with The Open University.
Steve McCormack - Head of Welfare at Rugby League Cares and former Head coach of the Scotland Rugby League team
Dr Cath Bishop – Author of The Long Win, business coach, medal winning Olympic rower and former diplomat
Kevin Sinfield MBE – Director of Rugby at Leeds Rhinos and marathon fundraiser for MND Association.
John Blain – Former Yorkshire, Northamptonshire & Scotland Cricketer and now Director of Cricket at The Grange C.C. in Edinburgh.
Prof. Damian Hughes – Co-host High Performance Podcast, international speaker and best-selling author
Sport Stories Podcast: Review of the first 30 episodes
Greg Baker – Head Coach British Para Table Tennis, Performance Mentor and Executive Coach
Emma Brunning - Head Triathlon Coach, People Developer and Founder of Activblu
Jen Lace – Head of Sports Psychology and Personal Development at Nottingham Forest Football Academy previously at Burnley FC.
Ian Braid - MD and Founder DOCIA sport and former CEO British Athletes Commission
Jason 'Dizzy' Gillespie - Former Aus. Cricketer, Sussex and South Aus. Redbacks Head Coach
Sanjiv Arora - Former FIFA Sports Lawyer And Founder/CEO AFM
Paul Smith - (5/5) Ex professional cricketer & England 6s World record holder now Writer, Author, Speaker
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