Client Testimonials | Dr Mark S Elliott

Client Testimonials

Many of Mark’s high profile clients have spoken publicly about the quality of his work and how he has helped them to develop mental toughness and to perform at their peak. Examples of these testimonials are set out below.

RORY BEST

 

rorybest‘Without doubt, working with Mark was the turning point in my career.’

 

RORY BEST

Ulster and Ireland

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TOMMY BOWE

 

Tommy_Bowe‘I have a lot to thank Mark for. I was having a tough time in my rugby career when I met him and he listened to my problems. He helped me to set goals about how to get myself back playing good rugby and force my way into the Ireland team. I still use his ideas in preparing mentally for games.’

TOMMY BOWE

Ospreys, Ireland, and The British & Irish Lions

 

 

 

 

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PAUL BRADY

Paul_Brady

‘I have been playing top level sport for the past 11 years and I can say, without hesitation, that Mark Elliott is the best sports psychologist I have encountered. His analogies and his insights are masterful and he knows his craft inside out.’

PAUL BRADY

 World Number 1 Handball Player

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MICHAEL HOEY

 

Michael_Hoey‘I have worked with Mark since 2004. A specific example of Mark’s positive impact on my mental game was seen in my playoff for the 2009 Portuguese Open – which became my first win on the European Tour. It would have been easy for me to get ahead of myself and to think that my opponent, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who was undefeated in previous playoffs, against Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson, would produce the goods again against me. But having understood that I can only control my own game, I took the pressure off myself, realising that it wasn’t the end of the world if I was to lose. I focused instead on one shot at a time and staying in the moment. I stuck to this feeling of being ‘in the now’ throughout the playoff and didn’t waver when I hit poor shots. This learned mentality enabled me to make three good recoveries and eventually to win the tournament.  Before hitting my winning putt I said “just put your best stroke on it and accept”. That’s a good approach to golf.’

 

MICHAEL HOEY

Winner of the 2009 Estoril Open De Portugal and the 2011 Madeira Islands Open,and the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Former Walker Cup Player and British Amateur Champion

Part of the prolific Horizon Sports Management stable.

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BRIAN MAGEE

 

Brian_Magee‘Working with Mark has taken my mental game to a totally new level. Thanks to his training system, I have high levels of self-belief and trust. I have confidence in my boxing ability and have developed a level of resilience that has helped me cope with some very tough times and to keep going despite them. My focus on the job at hand has improved greatly and skills like visualisation have proved invaluable in my preparation for training and fights. Mark’s mantra with me is “Lead with the Mind and the Body Will Follow”, advice that has helped me win British and European belts and put me in world title contention.’

BRIAN MAGEE

Interim WBA World Super Middleweight Champion; former European Champion

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SIMON DANIELLI

 

Simon_Danielli‘Mark is both a true expert in his field and a really good bloke; the combination of which shines through in his work. His ideas, techniques and words are powerfully emotive and bring with them great focus and confidence.’

SIMON DANIELLI

Ulster and Scotland

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TODD KELMAN

 

Todd_Keldman‘Mark worked with me when I was playing professionally for three years and I can honestly say that I had my best three seasons when we were working together. Athletes spend so much time preparing physically, but I have seen the biggest and strongest players crumble under pressure or not be able to bounce back from a bad game or a bad play.  Mark helped me focus on the little things and to be aware of the situations when I let negative emotions take over.  I completely buy in to the importance of training your mind as well as your body and now that I am running a professional sports team, I believe in it even more. You can see when emotions or the mental side of the game is playing a part in success or failure, and being able to control it, and better yet being able to use it to your advantage, is a competitive edge that no truly dedicated athlete should let pass by. I still use the skills Mark taught me in my business and personal life and I can honestly say that working with Mark over the years has proven to be invaluable to me and to my team.’

TODD KELMAN

General Manager and former Belfast Giants Legend

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MARTIN MCELKENNON

 

 

Martin_McKellannan‘Mark has proven himself to be one of the top men in his field. He has worked with many players and teams I have coached. His commonsense and fun approach gives every athlete the chance to reach his BEST!’

MARTIN MCELKENNON

  Renowned Elite Trainer and Coach, Gaelic Football

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DAVE WHISTLE

 

David_Whistle‘While head coach for the Belfast Giants, I was fortunate to work with Dr. Mark Elliott. His expertise in sport psychology provided me and my players with highly effective mental skills and methods to improve individual and team performances. Mark’s contribution ultimately resulted in the capture of championship and league titles. I continue to use his methods today in my current coaching role with The Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, Canada.’

DAVE WHISTLE

Top Ice Hockey Coach

Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, Canada

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STEVIE LYLE

 

Steve_Lyle‘Being a starting goalie in the Elite League is not an easy task as you’re playing 60 to 70 games a season, with lots of ups and downs. I was on a mental down slope and in a rut until I started to work with Mark. Thanks to him I was able, that same season, to go on and win 2 championships with the Giants and have never looked back since. Mark guided me back up to the top of my game. I still use his methods today.’

STEVIE LYLE

Cardiff Devils and Team GB

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KENNY SHIELS

 

Kenny_Shiels‘I have used the services of Mark Elliott during my brief spell as first team manager of Larne football club. Larne were bottom of the Irish Premier League and the confidence in particular was at a very low ebb. Mark was able to help me with ideas and psychological benefits that would help the players’ state of mind. Mark offered help with building the chemistry of the group; he gave me some very good advice on supporting the players individually and collectively. There were players who struggled with many different issues, these included such things as: Coping strategies, emotional imbalances, managing difference, peer pressure and loss of momentum. During my time at Larne, Mark proved to be a fantastic support mechanism which was a contributing factor in the club achieving a 12th place finish, a remarkable turnaround.’

KENNY SHIELS

Manager, Kilmarnock FC

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RYAN CALDWELL

 

Ryan_Caldwell‘Every rugby career has ups and downs. I was lucky to have Mark to see me through the lows and to keep me grounded during the highs. It has been a pleasure to work with him.’

RYAN CALDWELL

Bath

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PAUL KIRK

 

Paul_Kirk‘Having been the first to introduce sports psychology into the Irish Premier League through Mark Elliott, I know only too well the benefits of mental preparation for enhanced performance. Mark’s work with me at Lisburn Distillery FC was immense in this area. I am indebted to him. Many thanks, Mark.’

PAUL KIRK

Top Football Coach, UEFA Pro Licence Holder.

Former Manager, Lisburn Distillery FC

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LISA KEARNEY

 

Lisa_Kearney‘Thanks to Mark, I gained an awareness of how my mind works; and what was once my weakest area, my mental game, I believe is now my strongest. Working with Mark has been an essential part of my development as an athlete and has brought me closer to reaching my full potential.’

LISA KEARNEY

Elite Judoka (48kg): 2010 World Cup Gold Medallist

London 2012 Contender

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DAVID LEATHEM

 

David_Leatham‘Mark has helped me so much with getting rid of my fear and letting my talent shine through on the course. Since working with Mark I also feel I get a lot more enjoyment from the game and as a result I put in better performances.’

DAVID LEATHEM

USA Jaguars’ Golf Team

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CHRIS MCGIMPSEY

 

Chris_McGimpsey‘As the first Irish player to sign for the Belfast Giants, there was intense media interest on how I would fair in the upper echelons of British hockey. This speculation reached a crescendo when it was announced that I would make my first professional start against Basingstoke Bison in the Elite League. It was all the more stressful as our other goalie had been suspended and my backup for the match would be an untried youngster. I was, in reality, on my own. I consulted Dr. Mark Elliott, the Giants’ sport psychologist, for mental training sessions. By teaching me several mental game methods and tricks, Mark helped me to take control of my inner game before and during the Bison’s match. We won the game; I had a shutout and was named Man of the Match. I can say with every certainty that the pivotal factor in achieving this level of performance, in this game and in the remainder of my career, was the new mental training I undertook.’

CHRIS MCGIMPSEY

Professional Ice Hockey Goalie, formerly of the Belfast Giants

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RONAN OERTZEN

 

Ronan_Ortezen‘Working with Mark has made me approach, not only my competitive surfing in a different manner, but also the way I train. Mark has taught me that the mind is your most powerful tool to achieve an excellent performance. With the techniques I have learned, my surfing is at a new level which, without Mark, it wouldn’t be.  It has been an honour to work with Mark and continues to be so.’

RONAN OERTZEN

                                                                               Surfer, Ireland International

Photo: Will Bailey

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BRIAN IRVINE

Brian_Irvine

 “I found the services of Mark, the sport psychologist, invaluable to help me and, more importantly, to the players at Elgin, to get their heads right and get the result needed to avoid an unenviable record of having made the worst start to a league campaign. The transformation from losers to winners was dramatic. The difference was as comparable as night is to day. With the right mental tools the players delivered, and from losing 10 straight league matches we recorded  a 5-0 victory in front of the  BBC Football Focus cameras to prove Mark`s mental toughness methods work.”

BRIAN IRVINE

Aberdeen and Scotland Legend; former Manager, Elgin City FC

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STEPHEN MAGUIRE

 

Stephen_Maguire‘High Performance sport reflects the full gamut of life. The roller coaster of emotions attached to performing at the highest level cannot be underestimated; the joy and adulation to the long hours of often lonely and selfish preparation. Both the athlete and coach need support to guide and prepare them for that journey. I have been very fortunate to meet Mark; he has given me the skills, the sound practical advice plus unwavering support to help me keep a healthy balance in my life. From the Olympic environment to the support needed to keep my family life stable. Mark has been empathetic and at times challenging; his sense of perspective and of good old-fashioned values has helped me make critical and important decisions to develop a world class coaching practice.’

STEPHEN MAGUIRE, Top Athletics Coach

Coach to Jason Smyth, Gold Medal Paralympian,

London 2012 Olympic prospect

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PETER MCCABE

 

Peter_McCabe ‘Mark has worked for the Sports Institute as a consultant supporting athletes and coaches from a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports. His approach emphasizes the importance of identifying realistic goals and facilitates self-awareness of underlying barriers to goal achievement.

The Six Pathways to Mental Toughness training programme, presented in this book, provides the key skills necessary to help individuals gain a competitive advantage. The material is written in a user friendly manner and aims to equip athletes with more effective thinking and behavioural skills. Mark has helped many an athlete and coach and now has captured his principles in a manner that is accessible to all who have an interest in gaining the edge on the competition. Be proactive – open the book and make a start – let Mark show you how to attain high level performance consistently.’

PETER MCCABE, Athlete Services Manager,

Sports Institute Northern Ireland

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