Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Great new book to inspire champions

by sports psychologist Dr Henning Gericke

Inspiring Champions by Henning Gericke
As the sports psychologist who helped the Springbok Rugby team claim the title of World Champions in 2007 and mentally prepare Olympic Champion Cameron van der Burgh to achieve his life-long dream, Dr Henning Gericke has a wealth of insight into the mind of the champion.

In this book, Gericke brings together years of experience in working with champions, helping them to develop their dreams, empowering them with the mental skills, resilience and composure to achieve them, as well as instilling the winning habits which are crucial to the champion mindset.

Each of the 41 chapters discusses a crucial aspect of the champion’s journey effectively, blending principles of psychology, Eastern philosophy, inspiring anecdotes and powerful quotations. 

After each chapter, Gericke draws on his impressive repertoire of South African champions, and famous sports stars and coaches to share their personal ‘Green and Gold Stories’ and add muster to his teachings.

The book includes stories by:
Cameron van der Burgh, Os du Randt, Bob Skinstad, JP Duminy, Francois Pienaar, Breyten Paulse, Graeme Smith, John Smit, Pierre Spies, Leon Schuster, Bismarck du Plessis, Schalk Burger, AB de Villiers, Jacques Botes, Rassie Erasmus, Zola Budd, Dale Steyn, Ryk Neethling, Ernie Els, Jacques Kallis, Dan Skinstad, Jean de Villiers, and
Bryan Habana.

At the end of each theme, Gericke challenges the reader to ‘Reflect and Act’. Each chapter is summarised into five points which can be applied in one’s everyday life. 

This book will inspire and leave the reader empowered. It is a must-read for all aspiring champions and their mentors, from sports enthusiasts of all ages and their coaches, to ambitious professionals and their leaders.

About the author
Dr Henning Gericke is a South African sports psychologist and motivational speaker. He
has a doctorate in clinical psychology and over 17 years of experience in private
practice and counselling sport and business teams.

Highlights of his career include:
2004 – 2007: Springbok Rugby Team: Rugby World Cup champions, Player, Coach and     
  Team of the Year.
2008: Sharks Rugby Team: Currie Cup Winners
2010: Working with Bafana players at training camps in preparation for FIFA World Cup     2010
2012: Working with the South African Olympics Swimming Team 2012
2014: up-coming work with the Stormers

A keen athlete himself, he has personal experience in both the highs and lows of competition, and knows what it takes to break the mental barriers which inhibit us
from succeeding. Gericke lives with his family in Pretoria.

We are all in the business to inspire others. If you have to read one book that will uplift you – this is the one!”
Ashwin Willemse
Springbok rugby player and TV sports presenter

This book is of great help, not only to coach my athletes’ bodies, but even more
importantly their hearts and heads – what Henning calls the stuff of champions. Every
aspiring champion needs to read this!”
Ilze Wicksell
Coach and Springbok athlete

Henning has an ability to motivate a team through his understanding of team dynamics, situations, environments, and opposition strengths and weaknesses. I’m sure his book will assist all who read it in achieving success.”
Jake White
Springbok Coach (2004 - 2007)

To order
Order online at or email
Retail price: R200 + postage (R18.60 single copy, R40 five copies)

Publishing information
Published by BK Publishing

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