Sports Performance Psychologist and Mental Skills Coach Katie Warriner will join Bath Rugby ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Warriner is highly regarded in her field and has supported multiple Olympic athletes and World Champions within the incredibly successful Team GB.
Most recently, Katie has worked as Senior Team Mental Skills Coach with England and Great Britain Hockey, adding to the excellent reputation she’s developed in Sports Psychology over the past four seasons supporting head coach Simon Amor with England Sevens Rugby.
In Katie’s role she will drive performance by working with the coaches and the players developing individual and collective strategies and skill sets to cope with the variety of mind-related areas of high performance sport.
Commenting on her appointment, Katie Warriner said;
“Psychology and mental skills coaching now play an essential role in the world of professional sport and it’s a privilege to be working in this area with elite players, coaches and leaders. My goal is to help those I work with understand that there is a fundamental psychological process involved in delivering a successful performance and, if you focus on the process, and invest time getting that right first, the results absolutely follow. I've been inspired by the vision at Bath Rugby and very much look forward to working with the team to further strengthen their mental game and to thrive amidst the demands of high performance sport."
Todd Blackadder, Director of Rugby commented;
“It can be incredibly challenging to manage both the mental and physical side of the game. Our players and coaches are focused on delivering performances week in, week out, and everyone at the Club lives and breathes the game. You can’t underestimate the psychological impact this has, especially when we are focused on delivering the consistent level of performance that was lacking at times during 2017/18. Katie has shown real expertise in this area, she will provide a much-needed additional dimension to our support structures and I am sure that she will make an invaluable contribution for 2018/19 and beyond.”
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive remarked;
“Katie has shown real expertise and a clear capability to work within team sports and embed herself with the players, coaching team and staff of an organisation to help achieve outstanding results. Whilst we have previously been providing tactical sports psychology support in specific instances, we have been focused for some time on finding the right person to embed in our team and deliver a deeper and longer lasting impact. We are delighted to welcome Katie to the Club, she is an exceptional practitioner and brings with her a unique skill set that will help us to provide the right support to our players both as individuals and collectively, as well as the coaching and support teams.”
Katie’s appointment is part of Bath Rugby’s long-term plan for developing the right support structures to deliver successful and consistent performances in both domestic and European rugby.