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Peak Performance Specialist Dr. Ann Quinn visits HKCTA


Peak Performance Specialist Dr. Ann Quinn visits HKCTA

As part of HKCTA’s on-going effort to tap into the knowledge base and proven methodologies of international experts, renowned peak performance specialist and sports psychologist, Dr. Ann Quinn, was invited to come share some of her experience in working with athletes from all over the world.  Last Wednesday, she hosted a talk on ‘Tips For Being a Great Tennis Parent’ at Olympic House.  Whilst in town, she held individual meetings and sharing sessions with some of the coaches and admin staff, as well as a seminar for the Hong Kong junior teams and captains.

Dr. Quinn was the Health and Fitness Director back in the early days of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and for more than a decade, she has travelled the tennis circuit worldwide working with many top tennis players.  Her clients include Wimbledon 1987 champion, Pat Cash; Two-time US Open champion and former world No. 1, Pat Rafter; and 10-time ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion, Shingo Kunieda.

Pat Cash: “From 463 in the world through to winning Wimbledon, Ann was by my side through all the highs and lows and from the operating table to back on court. Ann gave me so much strength by her confidence and enthusiasm and without her efforts, I would have given up hope on many occasions.”

Pat Rafter: “Ann taught me to not ever doubt myself at all.”

Shingo Kunieda: “I never believed I would become the best player in the world. Meeting her changed my life.”

Dr. Quinn was a member of the ITF Coaches Commission and sits on the WTA Tour Age Eligibility Panel.  She has also written, co-authored, and edited a number of coaching publications.  In 2002, she was the recipient of the International Tennis Federation Award for services to the game in coaching.

Her unique combination of skills, coaching, consulting and lecturing have taken her all over the world where she has gained a wealth of experience helping people from all walks of life to reach their potential.

Dr. Quinn: “It is confidence that helps bring your ambitious dreams into reality, and it is confidence that helps you perform at your peak. Confidence keeps you going even when things are not going your way. It is a skill you learn and develop just like you practice your forehands and backhands.”

She reminded the audience that there are no real secrets or short cuts to success.  A combination of main factors – focus, hard work, attitude, commitment, consistency, team/environment, developing good habits, dealing with setbacks, persistence, perseverance – are always at play.  “Sometimes, small details can make a huge difference,” she said. “But you need to have a plan, always.”