In preparation for the Champions Trophy and the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Hockey India has hired Paddy Upton, a former head coach of the Rajasthan Royals and well-known mental health fitness coach, to work with the Indian Men’s Hockey team.
The National Coaching Camp for the Indian Men’s Core Group is now taking place at SAI, Bengaluru, and the South African is leading three separate mental conditioning sessions beginning on July 1.
Paddy brings a plethora of experience and skills with his illustrious career in high-performance coaching. The high-performance coach, author, speaker, and lecturer from Cape Town has a strong foundation in leadership coaching and sports psychology. The 54-year-old mental health fitness coach has more than 20 years of experience working with elite athletes and teams in a variety of sports and has established a strong reputation for his capacity to unleash individual potential and promote a winning mindset within teams.
Paddy Upton was a member of the MS Dhoni-captained team that also won the ODI World Cup at home and served as the mental health and conditioning coach for the India men’s cricket team under Gary Kirsten from 2008 to 2011.
In addition to cricket, Paddy has conducted mental training sessions for the South African Men’s Hockey Team, the Australian Men’s Hockey Team, FC Goa and FC Hyderabad of the Indian Super League (ISL), the England Men’s Rugby Team, and numerous other sports teams.
The president of the federation, Padma Shri Dr. Dilip Tirkey, pledged that Hockey India will do everything possible to assist the teams in getting ready for the Asian Games this year.
“To help the team manage the pressure and expectations to perform, we felt that it was essential to invest in a mental conditioning expert.”
He further added,
“We recognize that this is a major area that needs focus ahead of big-ticket events and we are confident that Paddy’s expertise and guidance will greatly benefit our team.”