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How to Handle Setbacks in Sport Instead of ‘Choking’, Says Adelaide Sports Mindset Coach


ADELAIDE, Australia November 2013 – One major trait that sets elite athletes apart from mediocrity is their determination to succeed and knowing how to handle setbacks in sport. When others are ‘choking’, the elite are charging forward towards their goals and achieving their dreams.

Successful elite athlete and Adelaide sports mindset coach, Stacey Copas has encountered and overcome her own share of fears while pursuing her favorite sports, including Discus and Track Racing. Stacey now shares her own top tips on how to handle setbacks in sport, including injury, loss of form, and loss of confidence.

Here are Stacey’s 3 Quick and Easy Tips to Avoid Choking in Sport:

  1. Positive Self Talk
    Stacey says, “Use empowering and positive talk and affirmations. Be quick to squash the voice of doubt with positive affirmations, such as reminding yourself of how good you are.
  2. Have The Right People In Your Corner
    “At the time where it is important, make sure that you have the right people on hand.  People who know you well know the right things to say and won’t bombard you with what to do. Also, depending on the event and the rules of what you can and can’t have with you immediately before your event or game, make sure that you have positive and inspiring audio to listen to or a book to read. ”
  3. Trust Yourself
    “Your body and mind have done this thousands of times before in practice and other games or events. Everything you need to perform is already present.  Let your body go through the process without thinking about every step – you could do it on auto pilot in your sleep.  Express gratitude for the incredible abilities you possess.”

Stacey, who has been featured in Grazia magazine, The Courier, 5RPH, and The Weekender Herald, is a keynote speaker who tailors motivational and inspirational speech for conferences, team building sessions, and awards nights. She has shared the stage with legends in the speaking industry, including Allan Pease, Amanda Gore, Pat Mesiti, Bruce Sullivan, and Mal Emery. In her one-on-one sports mindset coaching business Resilience for Results, Stacey helps athletes deal with failure and shows them how to handle setbacks in sport into a way that they use the challenges to help them win.

Stacey’s ebook ‘How To Be Resilient – The Blueprint for Getting Results when Things Don’t Go To Plan’ has a free preview available at, as well as more information on how to spend time with the best sports mindset coach Adelaide has to offer.


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