As you know, Rough House has devised a special training course, In the Zone, aimed at competitors in the 2012 Olympics and other major sporting events.
The aim of In the Zone is to prepare sportsmen and women for the grilling they’re likely to receive from the TV, radio and print media, both in the run-up to the event, during and afterwards, and to provide them with the skills they need to give sparkling interviews.
Simon specialises in athletics and Olympic sport and has covered six Olympic Games, every World and European athletics championships since 2002, three Commonwealth Games and numerous football and rugby World Cups, Ryder Cups, Open golf championships and Wimbledon tennis championships. He has twice been “highly commended” in the annual Sports Feature Writer of the Year competition.
Simon’s experience as a feature writer and news reporter, working alongside colleagues from the tabloid and broadsheet press across a broad range of sports, gives him an in-depth insight into the pressures young sportsmen and women face when dealing with the written media and the pitfalls they may encounter. He is also well versed in the best way to interact with newspaper reporters during in-depth interviews, press conferences and the hurly-burly of the ‘mixed zone’ at major championships.
As well as Simon, the In the Zone team also includes experienced sports presenter Rob Curling, and BBC commentator Paul Dickenson.
Rob has worked for the BBC, Sky and Eurosport. He’s reported, presented and commentated on every type of sporting event from the Olympics and Commonwealth Games to national championships and world cups in rugby, golf, tennis and football.
Paul is well placed to understand the pressures faced by competitors when they handle the media. As an athlete he competed in two Olympic Games and captained Great Britain and England Athletics Teams in 1970s and 80s. He held the British and Commonwealth Records for throwing the hammer and is one of our leading coaches for this event.