Meet Martina, a Dutch athlete looking to maximise her performance.
Martina Wegmen has achieved many highlights in her career including becoming a World Champion kayaker, dropping first descents down waterfalls and paddling remote white water rivers, and competing in the Olympics 2021 for Slalom Canoe. The first Dutch athlete since 2008!
So why did you choose the Flow Centre?
“As my personal goals changed, to qualify for the Olympic Games, I started working with Cameron Norsworthy more intensely and regularly. I’m very grateful I did!”
“I have always been very interested in the mental part of racing. Coming from an extreme sport background I had a lot of moments where I was naturally in a flow state. Once my goal shifted, however, and I changed from Extreme kayaking to Canoe slalom, it took away the ‘danger’ of the sport and the easy way to get into a flow state. So, I knew I needed another edge, and I was very interested and eager to learn more and develop these skills.”
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“Now in hindsight, I can see how my time with Cameron and the Flow Centre has helped me not only in sport but also in life in general! The skills have been very transferable across my life”.
What are some key takeaways that you took from the training?
“One of my favourite takeaways has been the work we have done regarding Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT). I have learnt how to change my thought process to a much happier and healthier way. There are many skills I could go into, but the ability to change my mind, manage my thoughts, and focus on helpful patterns of thinking, has had a huge impact in my life.”
So, how has learning about flow improved your life?
“Through learning about Flow I have been able to create an amazing ritual for my racing, I have improved my race preparation, and routines for when I perform.”
“Other than improving myself, in 2019, I had a very clear goal: to qualify for the Olympic Spot for The Netherlands. Since my work with Cameron and the training, I had a great season and managed to secure the spot and bring Netherlands back to the Olympics for Canoe Slalom :-)”
Martina has engaged in personal coaching for many years now. She has learnt many flow skills and taken the time to introduce them into her sport and life as a whole. Clearly, as described above, she is enjoying the benefits and continuing to not only perform at an elite level, but enjoy the lifestyle of an elite athlete (even during a pandemic). It has been an incredible journey for Martina. She has changed codes as an athlete and still managed to represent her country; and realise her dream of competing in the Olympics. We are super proud of Martina. No doubt she will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Please support her journey and her career. She is an amazing woman and we wish her all the best at the Olympics and beyond.
This is a flow story to highlight real experiences from real people; sharing their stories for others to understand the impact flow has had on their lives. Personal experiences are conveyed in the hope of providing insight into what the Flow Centre is about, and demonstrating the value in what we do and why we do it. Please see other flow stories here.