LAURENCE CASSØE HALSTED
I am a two-time Olympic fencer, having competed for Team GB in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. Upon hanging up my swords in 2016, I moved directly into a role as Performance Director of a national federation, and at the start of 2022 I transitioned into a new career involving a combination of mentoring, coaching and consultancy.
Also around the time of the Rio Olympics I became engaged with the wonderful sports charity, The True Athlete Project. In my current role as Director of Mentoring I get to explore the most valuable and meaningful aspects of a life in sport, together with an amazing collection of people. In 2021 I wrote and published my first book (see below), that describes The True Athlete philosophy for a more compassionate, holistic culture of sport.
I believe we can unleash far more of our potential, as individuals and groups, through a better understanding of what drives us as humans. This requires tapping in to our deepest sense of purpose and meaning in life, along the way connecting us more closely with nature and with each other.
In my own deepest purpose I am a husband and father of two, living in Copenhagen, Denmark, trying my best to be present and patient.
Disclaimer: this photo was taken in 2013. I no longer sport such a prodigious amount of hair.
Becoming a True Athlete
A practical philosophy for flourishing through sport
This is a book for athletes and those that support them, drawing on ancient wisdom and modern psychology to present a counterpoint to the traditional win-at-all-costs approach that dominates sport worldwide.
The book introduces The True Athlete Philosophy, which explores how athletes can harness their lived experience of sport to contribute to a healthy, meaningful and fulfilled life and be of greater benefit to their community.
"Unique, powerful and truly valuable to anyone who seeks to experience true fulfillment through sport - A Magna Carta of sport the right way!"
Frances Houghton, 5-time GB Olympic rower
Download the first chapter, free here
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WORK WITH ME
I am available for speaking, workshops, 1-1 coaching, or consultancy work on a range of performance and development-related topics for both individuals and teams. My approach is honed from 20 years of experience in high performance environments, collaborating with some of the best coaches, leaders and sport psychologists in the business.
I am also trained as a practitioner in Functional Imagery Training, a ground-breaking approach to increasing motivation and creating behaviour change for achieving personal or team goals.
If you would like to hear more about what is possible, then get in touch to start the conversation.
"Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world"