Hockey India on Thursday has roped in mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton for the Indian Men's Hockey Team ahead of the Asian Games in Hangzhou. The team is soon going to participate in the Hockey Men's Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai. Upton will start the session at SAI's Bengaluru center from July 1. This camp will start in three different parts.
When India won the ODI World Cup in the year 2011, the credit was given to the players as well as the entire support staff. The team's sporting staff also included mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton. Upton mentally prepared the players for every situation. Now he is going to do the same thing for the Indian Men's Hockey Team.
Paddy Upton has been working with athletes from different sports for the last 20 years and has made quite a name for himself. Apart from winning the World Cup to India, Upton was also instrumental in making this team number one in the Test rankings. After this, the South African team also became number one in all three formats while being with him. He has also worked with the men's hockey team of South Africa and Australia. Apart from this, he has also been a part of FC Goa and FC Hyderabad in the Indian Super League. While there he was also part of the England rugby team.
"With an illustrious career in high-performance coaching, Paddy brings a wealth of experience and expertise. The Cape Town-based high-performance coach, author, speaker, and professor, has an extensive background in sports psychology and leadership coaching. With over two decades of experience working with professional athletes and teams across various sports, the 54-year-old mental conditioning coach has earned a stellar reputation for his ability to unlock the potential of individuals and foster a winning mindset within teams." A release from Hockey India stated.
"I am honoured to be given this opportunity to work with Hockey India and the Indian Men's Hockey Team. I have witnessed the tremendous growth of Indian hockey in recent years, and I am excited to contribute to the team's success by enhancing their mental resilience and psychological skill set. Together, we will work towards achieving the highest level of performance and excellence." About his new assignment, Paddy Upton said.