David’s story is inspiring, going from 65th in the world to challenging in world championship final. Through this journey of dedication, determination and desire comes with the inevitable skills of cultivating a winning mindset, clarifying the goal, building a plan, working with a team and of course dealing with both the ups and downs.
Like many sports people, David hit a crossroads early in his career and decided to make a promise to himself. He wanted to get to the age of 30 and be able to say to himself, he gave athletics a go.
He left Dublin in 2006 at the age of 23 and relocate to Loughborough University, the high performance centre of UK athletics. Instantly, the high performance eco systems paid dividends. In his first year David went on to retain his European Indoor title in the 5th ever fastest time (45.52) by a European.
Confidence is a powerful tool, and David went on to compete with distinct at Olympic, World and European level.
Throughout his journey David developed valuable skills which added immense value to his personal performance but also to the performance of his increasingly important support team. Like many things in life nothing lasts forever and in 2013 he retired from full time competitive athletics.
Straight away he struggled. The lack of a purpose, a clearly defined goal as something to aim for and get out bed simply wasn't there anymore. He began to feel frustrated, angry within himself and kept it all to himself. The days rolled into weeks, the weeks into months. As someone who was working full time albeit remotely, he struggled with the the lack of a set routine and also regularly communicating with his direct team face to face.
Moving to a new job brought an element of excitement, but soon he fell back into the same negative mindset. The lethargy, lack of motivating effected all areas and soon exercise was a thing of the past and comfort eating became a daily occurrence.
David’s transition from elite sport is nothing new, but what he did next was. He suffered in silence and after years of saying and doing nothing, he spoke up and got the required help. Through dealing with his mental health crisis he has become a better person, a more resilient person.
Learning more about his journey, has made him understand the true value of having a goal and planning accordingly. Implementing the correct systems and procedures whilst creating the high performing team culture to enabling everyone to work optimally and effectively to achieve both personal and common goals.