Everybody needs time out, so this week, we've persuaded Sport Psychologist, Laura Carey, to sit back, relax and tell us a bit about herself...
For the record, please state your full name (embarrassing middle names included):
What is your job title and what do you do at/with the Institute?
Have you ever participated in sport at an elite level? - If yes, then what, when, for how long and how far did you get?
I tried my hand at duathlon and trained to age group standard and have been on many alpine adventures. Unlikely to be winning any medals as a weightlifter.
If you could do another person's job at the Institute for a week, what would it be and why?
A physio- they have many roles and every day is different
If you could be anything else other than a performance lifestyle advisor what would it be and why?
Adventure guide. I love the outdoors, and I like helping people. It is great to see people push themselves and achieve in areas that they might not have thought possible. Plus I get to be outside in incredible environments on a regular basis.
If you could invite three people (living or dead) to a dinner party at your gaff… who would they be and why?
Kris Dun (fellow sport psych) she has the best laugh in the world and so helps the mood.
Nelson Mandela – impressive man on a number of levels.
Stevie Wonder (but I would be cheeky and ask him to perform to the dinner party). That man knows how to groove.
Where is the most scenic and far flung paradise-esque place you have visited with your work at the Institute? With work in general?
Stirling pool? It is not far flung or paradise-esque, but it is warm, which is rare in Scotland. As a relative newcomer to the institute I have not yet had the opportunity to travel far and wide. If any high performance managers are reading this, I’m up for it.
As for work in general, I have worked in Florida at the IMG Academy and hung out with the beautiful and rich people there. .
Have you ever had any bizarre/funny incidents with any of the athletes you work with? If so… whom and what?
Using computer software that involves athletes manipulating their heart rate to complete on screen challenges always leads to funny sessions.
Which sports stars do you admire (if any) and why?
Haile Gabreselasie- no explanation needed
Billie Jean King as women in sport have a lot to thank her for
Any person who performs for the love of the sport
Describe yourself in three words.
Generous, zippy, excitable
Quick fire round:
Edinburgh or Glasgow? Edinburgh
Raucous night out or Cosy night in? Cosy night in
Blondes or Brunettes? Blondes
Favourite word? Enjoy
Are you a Dog person or a Cat person? Dog
Who rocks more, the Stones or Led Zeppelin? Who are they?
Peanuts or Cashew nuts? Pistachios
Batman or Spiderman? Spiderman