Mental Skills for Developmental Athletesby Texas Track & Field Coaches Association
Lennie Waite (OLY) uses her experiences as an elite athlete and her experiences as a sport psyhology consultant to bring to light the mental performance skills, inhibitors, and techniques athletes and coaches should be aware of when planning for peak performances. So much goes into the sport of track and field beyond just the physical workouts. This course inspires coaches to instill confidence in athletes and teach the mental skills necessary to be your absolute best.
I played every sport that crossed my path growing up. I love(d) competing, working with a team, challenging myself and learning valuable life lessons through sports. Initially, I attended Rice University to play soccer, but once I noted my potential in track, I switched out my soccer cleats for track spikes and dedicated my athletic ambitions to track and field. During my tenure at Rice, I was a 2 time All-American, and I left Rice with school records in the mile, 1500, and steeplechase.
In addition to my athletic success, I garnered several honors for my work in the classroom. I was a Rice scholar athlete, named to the C-USA All-Academic team, an Academic All-American, and a top 10-honoree for the NCAA woman of the year award in 2009. Additionally, I received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship to assist me in my pursuit of a PhD.
Since graduating from Rice University, I have completed my PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston and I have represented my country in several international track and field competitions. I represented my birth country of Scotland at the last three Commonwealth Games (Delhi, 2010; Glasgow, 2014; Gold Coast 2018). Additionally, I represented Great Britain at the World Student Games in 2011 in China and I have run for my country at the European Team Championships in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017. I represented Great Britain at the 2016 European Championships and 2016 Olympic Games. Making the Olympic team was a dream come true! I followed up my Olympic year by making my first World Championship team in the Steeplechase, which were held in London in August, 2017.
I currently work as Sport Psychology Consultant in Houston, Texas. I am constantly interacting with a wide variety of athletes of varying abilities. My contact with high school, collegiate, professional, recreational, and master’s athletes provides me with a wide audience to share my personal running history, performance knowledge, and passion for the sport with.