So, what’s next for India? We all have a vision for our future and many would even argue that our daily energy expenditure is channelled towards realizing that dream. Well…. for all who dare to dream and the few who persevere hard enough, the age old saying, ‘The world i...Continue reading
I AM A
I AM A
A South African born Sports Scientist, EQ Consultant & Motivational Speaker with 18 years of experience in High Performance environments. The author of four books on Sport Science & Motivation, a TEDx Speaker, 2013 INK Fellow & 2014 Men’s Health Trainer of the Year.
I help athletes push their limits, and pushing my own physical limits through ultra- marathon running & mountaineering.
I dream that I can touch the lives of a million children by making sport an equal opportunity platform, divorce of politics, religion, race, gender or socio economic bias.
I have two decades of on field experience with Olympians & Championship Winning Teams, perfectly blended with the Science of Performance Psychology to help you understand the mind of a champion.
Learn how athletes starve their fears & feed their courage in the quest to cultivate excellence.
ATP Tour Weeks
Years FC Cricket
Ft. Highest Summit
I use my experience & knowledge to guide athletes, coaches, teams & organizations on developmental models that nurture talent & leave a lasting, positive impact on the society at large.
The world’s best athletes have routines in preparation & competition that help them zone into the Optimal State of Mind for performance. This half day/ full day Master Class will help you unlock the Power of Consistency through a series of videos, presentations and interactive exercises and drills.
The Executive Coaching Program is a bespoke senior management program that showcases that practical interventions and strategies used by the world’s most successful coaches to unlock performance & build a culture of excellence.
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is,” What is mental toughness?” I’m not quite sure that that is the right question, because “mental toughness” as a phrase is probably one of the most commonly used but misunderstood phrases in sports psychology. Mental...Continue reading
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a new dawn brings a new beginning…. (reflections of 2012) a.a milne once said…. good judgment come from experience, but experience comes from poor judgement. as much as i appreciate the brilliant works of milne, life has taught me a few things about experience… ...Continue reading
Speaker | Sports Scientist | Author | Social Contributor
I was born in Tongaat, a tiny town on the North Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. I’m a third generation South African with my roots tracing back to Surat, India.
Nothing from my early childhood pointed towards a career in sport & that is why I want to level with you for a minute.
Growing up, I always dreamed of playing cricket for my country, South Africa. However, a career in sport for a person of colour pre apartheid was very difficult. This made the decision to focus on an academic career in sport a lot easier. I studied a degree in Sport & Exercise Science whilst working with the cricket team to make ends meet. It was a difficult time. I was not physically fit but was being judged only on that. I had to put aside my playing limitations, racial prejudices and financials constraints to win over the confidence of everyone who doubted me for years. Honestly, it was their prejudice that fuelled my hunger to succeed.
In 2003, I got a lucky break as the Technical Analyst of the Indian Cricket Team during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Most people know this, but what they don’t know is that the coach had not approved a travel budget for me, which meant I had to drive in a rented car to each and every venue during the tournament. I had driven over 12000 kilometres during the tournament. Despite this, I never missed a single practice session which helped me earn my stripes. Its true what they say – opportunities are usually disguised as hardships.
After the World Cup, I was on a quest to live a more fulfilled life. A life that allowed me to give back. I was tired of being upset at the racial prejudices that existed. This search took me to the Hare Krishna Temple in Chatsworth, Durban which became my new home for close to three years. I had chosen the life of Brahmacharya (monk), which to date remains the most peaceful and liberating years of my life.
I spent seven years working with South African first-class teams, both internationally and domestically. The politics & racial prejudice that kept many great players from representing the country still existed more than ten years after the fall of the apartheid. I was no longer as bitter or upset, but I was determined to ensure no child suffers such a faith again. Sport is a meritocracy & should remain devoid of any racial, socio- economic, gender, caste or ethnic bias. I was determined to become the spokesperson for the fight against discrimination in sport.
In 2007 I moved to India to work with the Indian Davis Cup Team. I spent six years traveling with the players on the ATP tour. After the Olympic Games in Beijing & London, I realised that the prejudices I was fighting all my life existed in India as well. This was even worse for it went beyond the colour of ones skin. My determination to level the playing field forced my hand at new adventure – one that would prove to be my toughest yet. Entrepreneurship in India – In 2012, I founded the HEAL Institute Pty Ltd, a healthcare company that aimed to put the spotlight on performance enhancement & raise the standard of awareness around physical rehabilitation. We had an earth shattering start which came tumbling down a few years later. These were some of the darkest years in my life. In hindsight, I sincerely believe that HEAL was ahead of the curve. Entrepreneurship is India taught me many lessons & toughened me up for the road ahead. Founding HEAL was the best business school I could have ever attended.
I’ve spent close to two decades working with elite athletes, celebrities, world renowned industrialists, children, disadvantaged communities and many others who aren’t aren’t as fortunate. These experiences have show me life through many lenses, some joyous, many sad, but all unforgettable.
The most beautiful thing about life is that adversity will always reveal something beautiful – either materialistically or spiritually. At every stage of life, many people will doubt you & if you lucky, a few will support you. None of this has any bearing on what your true potential is. Believe, work hard & have faith. Its the secret to unlocking that “Winning Mindset”.
Mahesh Bhupathi – 12 x Grand Slam Champion & Former #1
" Shayamal opened my mind to a whole new world — a world were self-belief, preparation, confidence, determination, integrity and trust take on new meaning. "
Desiree Vardhan – Manager of Coaching Development SASCOC, Head of Sport: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
" Shayamal is a great team person. A leader & driver of sports performance. It was an honour to work with you. "
Rajat Rajgarhia – CEO Institutional Equities: Motilal Oswal
" Your session brought much-needed fresh air & was indeed highly inspiring to watch. Tough as they may be, external environment has never been an enemy of success and should never be – we learnt a lot from your insightful session. "
Max Mirnyi – UN Ambassador & Former #1 Tennis Player
" Shayamal has made a lot of input in my career and I’m sure through his books, he will help you as well. "
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