• Question: What do you think is more important in sport- the mental attitude to do something or the physical ability and why?

    Asked by spacenut to Faye, Martin, Mus, Pete on 15 May 2012.
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      Faye Didymus answered on 15 May 2012:

      That’s a really good question spacenut! I think that it’s a combination of both. No doubt you need to have a physical ability and lots of great sportsmen can be described as “naturally talented” but if they don’t have the right mental attitude, they may struggle to make it at the top. Ronnie O’Sullivan is a good example of this – he’s been described as they most naturally gifted snooker player in history but for many years, his mental game held him back. Recently he has been working with Steve Peters who is a legendary sports psychiatrist and he just won the World Snooker Championships – it may have been down to other things too but there was lots of talk at the Championships about how much his mental game has improved and how it helped him to win the World title. The mind is certainly a powerful thing and I believe that with the right training and preparation, any talented sportsperson can perform amazingly well if they have the right mental attitude!