David Wray Memorial Lecture
An Evening With Frank Dick, OBE
Herts Sports Partnership are delighted to host former Olympic Athletics Coach, Frank Dick for this years’ David Wray Memorial Lecture. Frank will share the story of his compelling and highly successful coaching journey from grassroots to elite sport while reflecting on the transferable skills between the worlds of sport and business.
As one of the country’s best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers, Frank is riding high on the outstanding results from his position as High Performance Director at SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) where he was the consultant to South Africa’s top coaches and athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. RSA achieved 10 medals with 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 2 bronze. Four of those medals were won in athletics, Frank’s area of expertise.
Order of Events
18:30 Doors Open for Nibbles and Wine
19:00 Introduction from Frank Dick OBE
19:45 Hosted Q&A
20:30 Open Q&A from the auditorium
About Frank Dick, OBE
In 2016 Frank was invited by Eddie Jones to undertake a challenging position in the UK as strategic planning consultant the England Rugby Leadership Team in preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan.
He is also President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Member of the IAAF Coaches Commission, as well as Chair (and architect) of the IAAF Academy.
From 1979 to 1994 he was the British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as and remains one of the outstanding sports coaches and coach mentors in the world. In this position Frank led the British Athletics team into its “golden era” with Olympic gold medalists such as Daley Thompson, Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe. Frank personally trained Daley Thompson and created training programmes for individuals such as Gerhard Berger, Katarina Witt, Boris Becker and Justin Rose.
With a history of sporting excellence he has, over the past 25 years of speaking to hundreds of companies both in the UK and around the world, recognised key areas of personal and professional development that, once taken out of a “training room” mentality and put into a different context, can lead to individual and team progress simply by giving a different perspective.
His expertise derives from years of detailed research into individual success and achievement. Frank combines this wealth of knowledge and experience into an informative and motivational approach to achieving long-lasting transformation of both individual and team performance.
Frank is the author of four major publications: ‘Winning Matters’, ‘Sports Training Principles’, ‘Winning’ and ‘Winning Lines’, all classics in their fields.
In 2011, Frank was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the National Sports Academy of Bulgaria in recognition of his influence in advancement of coaching in Europe. This followed an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University for his contribution to coaching and coach development.
Frank’s contribution to sport and coaching has been recognised in being awarded an OBE in 1989, induction to the UK Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and the prestigious title “UK Sporting Hero” by Sport UK in 2001.