The difference between winning and losing
Most people will agree that in any sport, particularly professional sport, the margin of difference between a superbly conditioned, physically fit athlete is slight, even negligible. Winning and losing, at the highest level of sports play, is a result of who is better prepared mentally and emotionally.
Easing the pressure to perform
Being an athlete, especially an elite one means you have to manage and deal with the psychological impact of a number of elements: injuries and overtraining, being in the public eye and the media scrutiny that goes with it and managing the ongoing competitive pressures to perform at your best. Our approach is supportive, generative and empowers you to manage any mental wellbeing challenges by developing your inner resilience and emotional fitness.
Injured? Get back in the game faster
Our approach gets results faster and quicker than any other method. We support you to achieve outcomes that stick. Whether you want to boost performance, reduce anxiety, function better under pressure, improve overall mental health, or even heal injuries we'll help you to beat your best.
Protect your investment
If you are the sponsor of an athlete, injuries or a mental health challenge can compromise your investment or endorsement. Because our method works faster and more effectively than other approaches, downtime is minimised and athletes are back sooner where they belong, doing what they love.
Online and easily accessible, anywhere in the world
Sport performance enhancement sessions are held online and are easily accessible using Zoom. If face to face is preferred and you either live or work in our area, the beautiful leafy suburb of Linden, west of Johannesburg South Africa then this is an option too.
What others have said
I worked with Matthew for several months with significantly positive results. My skiing moved to a whole new level and I improved my personal best more in one season than I had in the previous 5 or 6 years. As an added benefit, my golf game improved as well even though we did not specifically focus on that.
Gentle yet powerful technique to bring more balance in my system and life, whether I want to work on a long-term topic / emotion / pattern or something acute after experiencing a difficult situation / emotion, observing and fully feeling it shifts so much for me.
I found the session amazing, profound and very powerful. It left me feeling a bit shaky and it shed some light onto an absolute blind spot of mine.
I went to see Matthew for a one-on-one session to deal with my lingering threshold anxiety. This was a real game changer for me! It gave me the boost I needed to get started, and I have since frequently attended 5th Place’s online Emotional Fitness Classes to deal with a variety of emotions that have come up. What 5th Place offers is really a very powerful tool, I can wholeheartedly recommend it!
I treat many sport injuries including dislocated shoulders. I was amazed and impressed at my client's speedy recovery. My client recovered at an unexpectedly rapid rate. One of the fastest holding results I have witnessed! I can attribute a large portion of this remarkable recovery to the work my client was doing with Matthew.
I’m deeply grateful for the inspired, intuitive and incredibly compassionate way in which you have helped me. You have a profound gift that you have nurtured through your commitment to truth and goodness, and you choose to use this to bless others, which is rare and special.
Your mental skills coach & facilitator
Matthew has been working with high achievers since 2007 to improve the mental and emotional aspects of what they do. Whether it's professional sport, recreational activity or a desire to improve and beat your current best, Matthew can assist with the limiting thoughts and feelings that get in the way of optimal performance. He's a qualified performance coach and the co-founder of 5th Place.