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Learn from the Legends

Elite Sports is Exhilarating - it is where Dreams become Reality, where Legends are Born. It is also an unforgiving mistress - where a single mistake can end a career and succumbing to Pressure can be fatal.


In our Legends Series, some of sport's Greatest Legends share their stories, the learnings, the insights into what makes Outstanding Leaders and Great Teams, what separates the Great from the Good, how to Manage Pressure and rise to your potential. A session from one of these Legends will change the perspective and potentially the lives of your People and your Clients.

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Sania Mirza

  • Winner of 6 Grand Slam Doubles titles
  • World #1 Doubles Player by WTA Rankings multiple times
  • Longest Women’s Doubles Winning Streak of 44 matches with Martina Hingis. (Next highest is 28)
  • First Indian Woman to win a Grand Slam
  • First Indian Woman to be World No. 1 in any sport
  • Sania talks about Achieving her Dreams and the lessons in Fighting Adversity that emerge from her career.

Michael Holding

  • Whispering Death - Michael Holding is one of the Greatest Fast Bowlers of all time and earned this name as he noiselessly glided past umpires on his way to dismiss batsmen with pace and guile
  • Spearhead of Clive Lloyd's fearsome Pace Quartet that made West Indies the unbeatable champion team of the 1970's and 1980's 
  • Diversity, Equal Opportunity & Black Lives Matter advocate 
  • Author of bestselling book Why We Kneel, How We Rise
  • Iconic SKY Sports Broadcaster & Commentator.
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Leander Paes
  • Winner of 18 Grand Slam Doubles titles
  • World #1 Doubles Player by ATP Rankings multiple times
  • Greatest Doubles Player in the History of the Davis Cup & Olympic Medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Team Player Extraordinaire - 148 Doubles partners in his 31-year career so far
  • Martina Navratilova calls him her best doubles partner ever
  • Leander's insights on Teamwork and Strategies for Success are truly special.
VVS Laxman
  • One of the most elegant and well loved and respected players in the history of world cricket.
  • Laxman's 281 runs at Calcutta against the world beating Australians was a knock that definitively changed the course of Indian cricket.
  • Team Player Extraordinaire - His ability to stand up against adversity and take his team to victory against insurmountable odds is legendary.
  • Laxman's insights on Teamwork, Resilience in the face of difficult situations, lessons in prevailing over the best in the world, make him a well respected and impactful speaker. 
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Abhinav Bindra
  • India's first Olympic Gold Medalist in an Individual Event.
  • First Indian to win a World Championship in Air Rifle Shooting.
  • Runs the Abhinav Bindra Foundation supporting athletes with cutting edge Sports Science and guidance in champion mindset.
  • Abhinav talks about how to be successful at whatever one does, one needs to dig deeper, go further, and vision success. Another important lesson he has learnt and talks about is that when ceilings need to be shattered, targets to be breached, hope is not enough. What we need is confidence - that we are the best; that we can win; that we have that 1% extra that is needed to be better than the others. 
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Shayna Ng
  • Reigning Women's World Bowling Champion
  • Multiple times World Champion and Asiad and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.
  • First World Champion in any sport from Singapore.
  • Shayna talks about what it takes to be a World Champion, the Mental Struggles that she overcame and about Resilience and Bouncing Back from Failures. 
  • She is advocate for bringing Singaporean Women into Sports Arenas and into Sports Administration.
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Ravichandran Ashwin
  • A member of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian Cricket Team
  • Quickest in the 140-years History of Test Cricket to the milestone of 300 wickets
  • Cricket’s #1 Bowler in the World for several years
  • One of the world’s top exponents of the Art of Spin Bowling
  • Ashwin talks about the Mantras to Success and the keys to Bouncing Back from Failures.
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David Gower
  • Considered one of the best left-handers in the world in ‘80s and ‘90s
  • Former England captain who was named in the England all time Greatest Test XI by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Only player to achieve more than 100 consecutive innings without a duck
  • Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Recipient of the OBE
  • With stories from his own captaincy experience, Gower talks about Leadership approaches that don't need to fit the norm and are yet impactful. 
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Emile Heskey
  • One of England’s best known footballers over a 18-year career
  • Played 633 Club career matches including 500 English Premier League appearances and 62 appearances for England 
  • 5-years with Liverpool Football Club.
  • Won 4 Football League Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup
  • Emile forsake the personal laurels from scoring goals by ensuring the team’s victory came first. Known as the ultimate team player
  • Sports careers are short, and Emile works with younger players as a Mentor to help them build longevity around the Sport and ensure they are financially astute about the future through Player4Player 
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Wes Morgan
  • Scripted a fairy tale in 2016 in leading Leicester City to its first English Premier League title against 500:1 odds. He was also the first Leicester City captain to take the club into the UEFA Champions League.
  • Wes Morgan made 324 Club career appearances and scored 14 goals after joining Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012. 
  • Wes talks about what it took to take a team no one gave a chance to and make it a champion of the League aginst impossible odds. The tale is one of Resilience, what it takes to make an extraordinary team out of a bunch of unheralded players with no superstars.
Yip Pin Xiu
  • Para-Swimmer and Singapore's most decorated Olympian  
  • Winner of Three Olympic Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing & 2016 Rio Paralympics
  • Three Times World Champion
  • World Record Holder
  • Singapore's youngest nominated Member of Parliament
  • Pin Xiu talks about Empathy, the importance of Equality, and reminds us that Everyone has a part to play.  
  • She shares insights on the Mindset of a champion, being a High Performer, and above all being at peace with yourself and striving to be the best that you can be.
Sally Pearson, OAM
  • Australian Multiple World Champion & Olympic Gold Medalist  
  • 2011 and 2017 World Champion in 100m Hurdles
  • 2012 Olympics Gold Medalist in 100m Hurdles
  • World Female Athlete of the Year 2012
  • Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
  • Sally talks about becoming a World Champion, about never giving up, building a winning culture, preparedness, goal setting and the power of a positive mindset. 
  • For all of us going through these very challenging times, Sally has an important and powerful message - 'If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up.'
Simon Taufel
  • Australian cricket umpire and former member of the ICC Elite umpires panel
  • Won a record five consecutive ICC umpire of the year awards between 2004 and 2008
  • Officiated in 74 test matches and 174 One Day Internationals between 1999 and 2012 including the 2011 World Cup Final
  • 50,000 screaming fans and a Billion opinions on each decision taken over almost two decades, makes Simon's insights on Managing Pressure, BounceBackability and High Performance norms, something each person in a business environment can benefit from.
Paddy Upton
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  • Mental Conditioning and Strategic Leadership Coach of the Indian Cricket Team helping them become No. 1 team in the world and win the 2011 World Cup
  • Performance Director of South African Cricket Team (2011-2014) helping them reach No. 1 in the world
  • Started his career in the mid-1990’s as the Fitness Coach of the South African Cricket Team, the only such full time position at the time in international cricket
  • Paddy's knowledge of the Human Mind is exceptional, and in these challenging times, his insights on finding one's A-game, Leading teams differently, and moving from Surviving to Thriving, are game, and life-changing.
Manasi Joshi
  • Manasi is a the current World Para Badminton Champion.  
  • In 2011, on her way to work as a Software Engineer she had a road accident and lost a limb. 
  • Manasi used Badminton as a mode of rehabilitation and within a few years was a professional player. She then became the World Champion and is targeting the Tokyo Olympics for a Gold. 
  • Manasi is an advocate for rights of people with disability and an inspiration to women and the differently abled worldwide. 
  • She is the first Para Athlete to appear on the cover of Time Magazine and is on the Next Generation Leader list of TIME. 
  • Manasi is an inspirational and much sought after speaker who speaks eloquently about the challenges she overcame, and how one can achieve one's dream regardless of adversities, turning them into Opportunities.
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