Hi, I’m Nigel Hole
I believe the transferable skills and experiences gained through sport are more valuable than the scholarships earned while playing them.
It's why I want to help student-athletes take their athletic career as far as they can: to experience as much of the power of sport as possible.
That could be a starting role on a high school team, collegiate athletics, even the Olympics.
I almost dropped out of competitive sports a number of times myself:
- In high school I was cut from the rep soccer team that I had played on for 6 years, before deciding to focus on track & field.
- Injuries lingered for years throughout my university career. Even when I was physically healthy, performance anxiety often stripped all of the enjoyment out of competing.
- After university I faced pressure to focus solely on my career.
Each experience stretched the limits of whom I knew myself to be, which then enabled me to move on to more challenging and rewarding endeavors.
Unfortunately, now more than ever, mental barriers such as anxiety, distraction, and self-sabotage are limiting performance and preventing athletes from advancing to higher levels.
My mission is to break through the mental barriers that threaten student-athletes’ pursuit of sport.
Some background on me
During my high school, university, and professional consulting career, I have been a top performing student/employee, athlete, and community leader all at the same time.
Upon graduating from university I began working at one of the largest consulting firms in the world where a typical week would involve:
- 50-70 hours of work;
- 10-15 hours of studying to become a Chartered Accountant;
- 160 km (100 miles) of running in an effort to qualify for international track & field competitions; and
- 5-15 hours of volunteer work for alumni associations at my alma mater.
But this wasn’t always the case…
I spent most of my high school career as just an above average student, and an uncommitted athlete.
At the end of grade 11, after failing to make it out of the qualifying round at the Provincial Championships, my track & field coach introduced me to the head coach of the University of British Columbia’s (“UBC”) program. It was pretty obvious that he thought we were wasting his time; my coach literally had to pry an informational brochure out his hands to give it to me.
I turned things around in my senior year
I graduated at the top of my class with a 97% GPA, I was the President of the student council, and I won my first Provincial Championship title.
By the time I entered my 2nd year at UBC, I was the team Captain, Manager, and Recruiting Coordinator. That fall, I also earned All-Conference honors in Cross Country.
While things may have seemed great on the outside, I often struggled on the inside
I was constantly teetering on, and sometimes falling over, the edge of injury and burnout. I was no stranger to:
- Performance anxiety;
- Feeling inadequate; and
- Sacrificing everything in pursuit of a goal, and coming up short.
I began to wonder: what distinguishes the athletes that break through to the next level, from those that plateau?
Fortunately, I had a front-row seat to discover this as I studied psychology, ran track, and recruited hundreds of athletes at UBC (5 of whom went on to compete at the Rio Olympics).
I noticed that many athletes who were superstars in high school, plateaued in college and some even lost their scholarships. Meanwhile, some walk-ons seemed to possess mental skills that enabled them to improve dramatically and eventually earn scholarships.
In an effort to cope with my problems and recruit athletes that would excel at the collegiate level, I also began reading books, attending seminars and immersed myself in the world of peak performance. Over time, I myself was able to apply these skills, strategies, and tactics to become a 2-time NAIA All-American, 3-time Academic All-Canadian, and Canadian World Championship Trials finalist.
How I can help
As a result of overcoming my own struggles, studying the progression of hundreds of athletes, taking courses, and reading dozens of books and research articles, I have discovered what works and what doesn’t.
Through online brain training programs, I teach student-athletes how to:
- Unlock more value from training and study sessions; and
- Consistently perform at their best when it matters most.