Our first mentor. The fastest blind man in the world. First T11 to run under 11 seconds. World and Olympic gold medalist.
Our unique athlete-to-athlete mentoring program is built around five themes.
Identity & Values
Nature & Connectedness
Community & Social Responsibility
Mentees receive a personalised mental skills training program around these themes, developed by our team of world-class sport psychologists and coaches, including Dr. Mike Johnson - Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology at the University of Arkansas - and Dr. Nicole Gabana - leading researcher on the relationship between gratitude and peak performance.
Mentees will enjoy a year-long relationship with a world-class athlete mentor and receive a 6-week online course: "Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement", delivered by its creator, Dr. Keith Kaufman.
Most successful people, including athletes, attribute much of their success in life to people who have offered advice, guidance and support in some way. These people are usually a mix of mentors, coaches, peers, parents or guardians, community groups, etc. There are myriad factors at play in any individual or team's path to success, but more times than not, critical values in raising performance levels are mentoring and coaching.
TAP recognizes these values and has structured a support system of trained mentors, coaches and mentoring curriculum to leverage as needed, all of which are intended to complement an athlete's existing environment for success. Within this system, TAP continually fosters a "mentoring culture" which inspires athletes within the TAP community to mentor each other through peer mentoring to further sharpen their own skills.
The TAP mentoring culture is designed to be flexible and fluid, respecting that there are times when an athlete really needs an external coach (including a professional sports psychologist) or even a peer, to work through a challenge, rather than their formal mentor. Because the skills sets of and tools used by mentors and coaches are very different, TAP is structured to offer formal training to mentors and mentees, a skillset which they can take with them as they move on in their lives.
“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." - Oprah Winfrey
"From apprenticeships to elder circles, intentional relationships have always been important in generational knowledge transfer for a society." - Muhammad Ali Center