If there was ever a person who qualifies to write a book on sporting champions it’s Ann Quinn. Ann has experienced the biggest events in sports from the inside. She has seen it all – the good, bad and ugly, the blood, sweat and tears, the works. It was almost unheard of to have a female expert in the world of men’s sports in the mid 80s. Her unbridled search and knowledge of peak performance gives her athletes the edge. I would never of reached the highest peaks in my sport without Ann. Her knowledge and experience in all elements of the sporting world is extraordinary.
— Pat Cash, Former Wimbledon Singles Champion
For the past thirteen years, Ann has made an extraordinary impact on my life. Her knowledge in all areas, her constant support and guidance has played a vital role in my success. I highly recommend her book to all athletes and coaches. It is subarashi*! (* subarashi is Japanese for fantastic).
— Shingo Kuneida, Triple Paralympic Gold Medallist, Winner of more than 20 Grand Slams Singles titles, World Number 1 Wheelchair Tennis Player
Having known and worked with Ann Quinn for a couple of decades, I was delighted to find this talented and committed teacher, coach, mentor and sports scientist, has finally put her personal and professional experiences and understandings into print.
Much has been written by many attempting to assist athletes to optimise their latent talent. Few have managed to unite the theory and practice as Ann has in this book.
To provide best practice across all aspects of athletic performance in one meaningful book is a huge challenge.
By blending the elements of her own experience, observations of great performers, and the latest sports science research (physiology, psychology, skill acquisition, biomechanics, nutrition), ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete’ has achieved just that. This is a publication which will assist motivated, talented athletes to live their dreams.
— David Parkin, Four Time AFL (Australian Football League) Premiership Coach, Adjunct Professor – Deakin University Melbourne, Inductee Australia Sports Hall of Fame
Dr. Quinn’s extensive experience in sports makes this book an invaluable asset to anyone pursuing excellence. ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete’ comprehensively discusses all the areas of development that make for the complete athlete. Dr. Quinn’s attention to detail and knowledge base will point the way if you are truly seeking to be the best you can be.
— Paul Annacone, Former coach of Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman, Previously Managing Director of USTA High Performance and Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, LTA
In ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete: The Secrets of Sporting Success’, Dr. Ann Quinn combines her extensive knowledge of sport science and psychology with her years of experience consulting with athletes and coaches, many who have been some of the best in the world, to develop a holistic guide to achieving excellence in sport. Whether you are an athlete or coach, this book will systematically walk you through what it takes to develop into a champion. It begins with lessons on how to guide your athletic journey by establishing your dreams and then discusses how to turn those dreams into reality.
Much of the book then focuses on practical strategies for setting and reaching your goals, maintaining your motivation and energy, and strategies for navigating the many challenges and setbacks that accompany the pursuit of sporting excellence. Practically written and filled with stories and case reports from her efforts to help top performers become all they are capable of being, Quinn’s book is an easy and enjoyable read but one that is consistent with the growing body of knowledge on the psychology of athletic excellence. It is a must read for anyone who desires to develop into an extraordinary athlete!
— Professor Dan Gould, Department of Kinesiology (Applied Sport Psychology Specialization) Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University
Ann’s work in the world of performance development is, in my opinion, second to none. Her dedication to discovering tools and techniques for athletes to use to improve their performance is outstanding and ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete’ illustrates this perfectly. It is a must read for any sports man or sports woman who is serious about succeeding.
— Jonathan Stanger, Director, Raise the Bar
Ann recognizes the importance of being attuned to the needs of the complete athlete. She understands the complexity involved in becoming extraordinary and attending to the core elements of success. Ann leads by example. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of continued excellence through her insatiable appetite for knowledge. Her book captures the essential disciplines required for success at the highest level and the realization of your dreams.
— Kathleen Stroia, M.S., P.T., ATC, Senior Vice President | Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions, WTA –Women’s Tennis Association
Simply extraordinary! An inspirational read and great resource for athletes in all sports.
— Glenn Lovett, Global Managing Director, Nielsen Sports at Nielsen, New York, Former Professional Australian Rules Footballer
Ann Quinn is one of the most positive people that I have ever met and one cannot help but be affected by her passion, enthusiasm and belief. Over the past 25 years, Ann has worked successfully with top athletes from many different sports and by being extraordinary herself, both as a coach and as a person, Ann has helped so many people to become ‘the best they can be’ and now in this excellent book she shares with the reader many of the ‘secrets’ she has learned along the way.
— David Miley, Former Executive Director, Tennis Development, International Tennis Federation
Having worked with professional athletes and top business executives, it’s quite clear that hard work, dedication and persistence truly do differentiate those who are successful from those who are not. In the end, it is about maximizing the talents and opportunities you have by stretching your limits and working to overcome obstacles to goal attainment. For every Tiger Woods, Martina Navratilova or Michael Jordan, there are hundreds of similarly gifted athletes who have failed at the highest levels not simply because of skill or luck, but because of their work ethic.
There is no ‘easy’ path or simple equation when it comes to being YOUR best or THE best. Ann recognizes the complexities involved in capitalizing on your potential, such as how you spend your time and with whom, maintaining physical and psychological health, working hard and smart, and being true to oneself. Fortunately, she tells you like it is.
— Christopher L. Henry, Former NFL (National Football League) executive
This book is a must-have book for any athlete wanting to be a winner. Easy to read, practical, holistic and inspirational with lots of great tools to apply on and off the field for athletes and coaches.
— James Woorall, CEO Leaders in Performance