Leah Gilbert Sports and Fitness Counselling was established in 2017 with a vision to provide specialist support to everyday and elite athletes alongside general counselling services. Over the years, I have developed a focus and love for the relentless pursuit of potential. The result of this focus and love is now a Performance + Wellbeing practice specialising in:
- Mental fitness, mental endurance, and energy regulation
- Wellbeing regulation for burnout prevention and/or recovery
- High performance mindset coaching and support
- Athlete development and support
I work and have worked with a broad range of athletes from varying performance levels and sporting disciplines. From Olympic gold medalists, to everyday athletes trying to balance training and life demands. In my eyes, all goals are equal : I treat them all with the same great respect, and will not rest until we reach them.
Previous appointments have included the Head of Mental Performance for the Elite Academy at the Newcastle Knights, where I observed the power of coaching Excellence and High Performance Mindset in Emerging athletes. I have also just completed Tokyo Paralympic Campaigns supporting Rio Paratriathlon Gold Medalist, Katie Kelly OAM, and Tokyo Paratriathlon Silver Medalist, Lauren Parker.
Currently I enjoy operating my Private Practice, offering a range of services from Mental Performance to Burnout Prevention. The SEAM Recovery Protocol, a tool I designed to prevent burnout in my endurance sport clients, has successfully helped clients regulate their wellbeing for over four years now, and I am thrilled to have recently been appointed an Honorary Research Affiliate at the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health, where the SEAM Recovery Protocol is now being researched.
My passion for supporting our next generation of sportspeople is demonstrated in my appointment as Performance Coach and Coordinator of the Supporting Athlete Performance Programme at Newcastle Grammar School. This is an initiative that involves supporting over one hundred students ranging in their sporting Pathways journeys. I am also proud to become a Corporate Partner for Sports Access Foundation, an NFP which has been supporting the Pathways journeys for our future Paralympians. This partnership will see my knowledge and expertise used to support athletes preparing their journey for Paris in 2024. I am also a proud Partner in HYPED Academy, an athlete development and support service targeted to emerging Rugby League and Union athletes.