"The professionalism of rugby has increased the importance of continuous player development; Paul MacKinnon has been instrumental in this. The development of thinkTASC is an intriguing step-up in individual performance management that will be a vital aid to continuous improvement in sport and the business of sport."
David Humphreys, Director of Rugby, Ulster Rugby.


thinkTASC’s Paul MacKinnon provides inspiration to Northern Ireland’s rising young sports stars.

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Paul MacKinnon, former High Performance Player Development Manager for New Zealand Rugby told seminar attendees that “talent alone is not enough and performance foundations, such as coachability, motivation, dedication and resilience, are the key to reaching and sustaining success”.

The event which was hosted at the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus in partnership with the Bank of Ireland was a huge success with the rising young sports stars and Paul was delighted to play a key role in helping to inspire such an enthusiastic audience.

The event chaired by sports broadcaster Nigel Ringland, took place earlier this month, also included insights into the lives of local sportsmen and women including John Afoa and Jared Payne from Ulster Rugby, Frances Campbell from NI Netball and Aaron Cunningham from the University of Ulster Gaelic Academy.The students heard first-hand how these top athletes reached the pinnacle of their sports and also had an opportunity to question and interact with them.

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