Performing under pressure takes physical, mental and emotional resilience. To succeed in an arena where you are competing with other high achievers, where your daily programme includes change and adversity – requires a skill set that focuses your effort, honest decision making and supports you through the inevitable challenges that come your way.

Hear from four international sporting greats as they share for the first time, some of their most personal experiences of intense competition, setbacks and wins; and ultimately, what it takes to achieve outstanding success on the international sporting arena.


Sophie Pascoe

Sophie Pascoe

New Zealand para-swimmer. She has represented New Zealand at three Summer Paralympic Games from 2008, winning a total of nine gold medals and six silver medals, making her New Zealand's most successful Paralympian.

Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen

One of the greatest rugby coaches of the modern era, being part of the All Black coaching team that has won back to back Rugby World Cups accompanied by an overall winning percentage of 90% since being appointed head coach in 2012.

Jimmy Spithill

Jimmy Spithill

Having debuted in the America’s Cup at the age of 21, Jimmy Spithill has earnt the reputation of never taking a backward step, winning back to back America’s Cups including one of the greatest comebacks in international sport in 2013, winning the final 9-8 after trailing 8-1 after the first 9 races.  

Eric Murray

Eric Murray

Double Olympic Gold Medallist, Eric is part of the greatest winning streak in international rowing history, remaining unbeaten with partner Hamish Bond over 8 eight years, 69 races and 24 international regattas.