Leadership

Performance support for elite athletes, sports teams and organizations.

We have a comprehensive understanding of human sport performance culture and leading high-performing teams that work well under life’s most demanding and unpredictable environments – the Olympic Games.

We solve deep questions and deliver solutions to help optimize team potential in the big and small moments that matters most, combining expertise in athlete well-being, mindfulness and sport system development and culture.

Our approach has been tested and proven across a wide variety of sports and situations, and at all levels from grass roots to the Olympic podium. We have over 20 years of experience in Olympic performance, with an unparalleled record of results.

Performance Leadership

Mindfulness and Team Flow

Advisory and Consultation

Performance and Organizational Leadership

Are you a performance director or sport organization leader who values the health and well-being of your team as much as their strong performance in the game? Are you a sports organization or team that is looking to revitalize your strategic vision and establish the leadership and organizational structures to support long term sustainable success?

If you are an organization that is looking to rebuild trust within your community and embark on a process of organizational and cultural change, we help sport organizations and teams build healthy, sustainable and high performing sport cultures.

Our holistic approach to performance prioritizes the people, processes and environment. We help you empower your organization to understand their culture so that you can :

  • Establish a consistent organizational growth built on a foundation of values, integrity and trust
  • Build sustainable, scalable, and adaptive systems that address our complex, multi-stakeholder, sport environments
  • Scale trust and purpose and decentralize decision making authority without creating chaos
  • Create feedback best-practices to ensure you are always on the right path
  • Empower people through consensus through great collaboration and common sense of purpose

We achieve this by working with you to understand your needs. We have a proven track record in building high performing Olympic teams, supported by:

  • Extensive board and governance experience in leading organizational change, revitalization, and turnarounds
  • Former Team Leader, National Program Director and Olympic Performance Director at over 20 major Games and World Championships
  • Deep expertise in sport system development through the local, provincial, national, international and Olympic pathways

Empower your team today with a custom-designed program to strengthen your confidence and ability to navigate challenges.

Team Mindfulness and Flow

When the team is motivated and resilient to excel, great results can be achieved. At the heart of personal performance is self-leadership. When teams are grounded with a sense of purpose and an understanding of common behaviors then work becomes play.

Mindfulness has been proven to enhance team connectivity, compassion, and flow. Through in-person, virtual, classroom and training environment sessions, we create a deep learning experience. Team members come away with a better understand how they and others contribute to their team’s development, and how their part of the whole contributes to the team performance, dynamic and strength. We deliver a powerful participant experience through customized learning exercises, mindful meditation practices, journaling and group discussion.

Mindfulness is effective precisely because it is a way of being and relating to all aspects of life, rather than a specific technique or tool for a particular goal.

The emphasis of the program is on enhancing attentional and emotional resources, as well as personal capacities for mindfulness and compassion.

We will work with you to design a program that integrates seamlessly into your environment to meet team/organization goals. Our mission: to help people build truly cohesive and effective teams that deliver results.

Our Team

First Water’s extensive network of experienced professionals are carefully selected to address your specific challenges.

Our integrated approach builds towards your long-term performance, well-being and organizational success. Skills and insights from the fields of sport science, sport medicine and innovation are seamlessly harnessed into your environment to meet team/organization goals.

Advisory and Consultation

From sports teams to entire organizations, we draw on our international experience to find solutions that work for you.  We draw on the experience of having led interdisciplinary medical/paramedical and performance science teams at nine Olympic Games and a proven track record of building and analyzing performance data dashboards to support evidence-informed decision making.

First Water’s founder draws from its multidisciplinary team of experts, to first understand your needs to design solutions that work alongside your existing in-house systems. Every team is unique and requires custom solutions, to address common areas of sport performance:

  • High Performance Training Centre – systems and design
  • Performance strategy and structure reviews
  • Olympic Performance Preparation Planning
  • Sport Science Sport Medicine Integrated Supported Team design
  • Athlete talent identification and development pathway construction