Testimonials

Pat Cash

If there was ever a person who qualifies to write a book on sporting champions it’s Ann Quinn. Ann has experienced the biggest events in sports from the inside. She has seen it all – the good, bad and ugly, the blood, sweat and tears, the works. It was almost unheard of to have a female expert in the world of men’s sports in the mid 80s. Her unbridled search and knowledge of peak performance gives her athletes the edge. I would never of reached the highest peaks in my sport without Ann. Her knowledge and experience in all elements of the sporting world is extraordinary

Pat Cash
Former Wimbledon Singles Champion

Shingo Kuneida

For the past six years, Ann has made an extraordinary impact on my life. Her knowledge in all areas, her constant support and guidance has played a vital role in my success. I highly recommend her book to all athletes and coaches. It is subarashi*! (* subarashi is Japanese for fantastic).

Shingo Kuneida
Dual Paralympic Gold Medallist, Winner of more than 20 Grand Slams titles, World Number 1 Wheelchair Tennis Player

David Parkin

Having known and worked with Ann Quinn for a couple of decades, I was delighted to find this talented and committed teacher, coach, mentor and sports scientist, has finally put her personal and professional experiences and understandings into print.

Much has been written by many attempting to assist athletes to optimise their latent talent. Few have managed to unite the theory and practice as Ann has in this book.
To provide best practice across all aspects of athletic performance in one meaningful book is a huge challenge.

By blending the elements of her own experience, observations of great performers, and the latest sports science research (physiology, psychology, skill acquisition, biomechanics, nutrition), ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete’ has achieved just that. This is a publication which will assist motivated, talented athletes to live their dreams.

David Parkin
Four Time AFL (Australian Football League) Premiership Coach, Adjunct Professor – Deakin University Melbourne, Inductee Australia Sports Hall of Fame

Paul Annacone

Dr. Quinn’s extensive experience in sports makes this book an invaluable asset to anyone pursuing excellence. ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete’ comprehensively discusses all the areas of development that make for the complete athlete. Dr. Quinn’s attention to detail and knowledge base will point the way if you are truly seeking to be the best you can be.

Paul Annacone
Coach of Roger Federer, Former coach of Pete Sampras and Tim Henman, Previously Managing Director of USTA High Performance and Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, LTA

Professor Dan Gould

In ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete: The Secrets of Sporting Success’, Dr. Ann Quinn combines her extensive knowledge of sport science and psychology with her years of experience consulting with athletes and coaches, many who have been some of the best in the world, to develop a holistic guide to achieving excellence in sport. Whether you are an athlete or coach, this book will systematically walk you through what it takes to develop into a champion. It begins with lessons on how to guide your athletic journey by establishing your dreams and then discusses how to turn those dreams into reality.

Much of the book then focuses on practical strategies for setting and reaching your goals, maintaining your motivation and energy, and strategies for navigating the many challenges and setbacks that accompany the pursuit of sporting excellence. Practically written and filled with stories and case reports from her efforts to help top performers become all they are capable of being, Quinn’s book is an easy and enjoyable read but one that is consistent with the growing body of knowledge on the psychology of athletic excellence. It is a must read for anyone who desires to develop into an extraordinary athlete!

Professor Dan Gould
Department of Kinesiology (Applied Sport Psychology Specialization) Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University

Jonathan Stanger

Ann’s work in the world of performance development is, in my opinion, second to none. Her dedication to discovering tools and techniques for athletes to use to improve their performance is outstanding and ‘How to be an Extraordinary Athlete’ illustrates this perfectly. It is a must read for any sports man or sports woman who is serious about succeeding.

Jonathan Stanger
Director, Raise the Bar

Kathleen Stroia, M.S., P.T., ATC

Ann recognizes the importance of being attuned to the needs of the complete athlete. She understands the complexity involved in becoming extraordinary and attending to the core elements of success. Ann leads by example. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of continued excellence through her insatiable appetite for knowledge. Her book captures the essential disciplines required for success at the highest level and the realization of your dreams

Kathleen Stroia, M.S., P.T., ATC
Senior Vice President | Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions, WTA –Women’s Tennis Association

Roger Draper

A first class Winning Session – one of the best we have had. Thanks for all your efforts, research, passion and energy! Outstanding.

Roger Draper
CEO Lawn Tennis Association, Great Britain

Dr Tony Gould

Dr. Tony Gould

From my personal experience and in observing Ann Quinn’s methods as they relate specifically to performance psychology, I have no hesitation in recording my opinion that she is one of the most remarkable communicators and ‘problem solvers’ that I have come across in my career as a performing musician and as an academic. Her great expertise is enhanced by a personality which is both inspiring and endearing.

Dr Tony Gould
Pianist and Composer Former Head of School, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University

C. F

Ann – you have stretched me and taken me to heights I did not think possible and I will be forever indebted to you. The outcomes, strategies and action plans we set together I have to be honest, I thought were too big, but with your support, your belief in me and our detailed plans made it all happen. WOW! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

C. F
Executive Director

Rina Cohen

Ann – this is a huge heartfelt thank you for your input, your insights, and your inspiration to me over the past year both personally and professionally. I always left our sessions on a high ready to take on the next big project with clear goals and strategies, and most importantly your lovely pearls of wisdom of things to do just for me.

Rina Cohen
Interior Designer

Advantage Magazine

There is surely no more knowledgeable person in Australia than Ann in her chosen field.

Advantage Magazine

Chris B.

It has been a pleasure to be coached by Ann. Apart from helping me organise my life personally, she guided me through all the work topics I brought to the table. She always seems to know what the right questions are to ask and is a great listener. Her support and commitment to me excelling helped me to take my business to new levels. The ROI has been enormous, personally and professionally.

Chris B.
CEO

Alex Swire

Ann has been a great asset to me personally and professionally. She is a real champion herself in the unconditional support she gives, the motivation she provides and a great sounding board and creative thinker for my many projects. Most importantly, she has mentored me in my own personal development and I know I can achieve all my aspirations.

Alex Swire
Managing Director Bookeeping for Profit

Prof. D. North

Ann is one of the most remarkable people I have ever had the good fortune of working with. Not only does she give excellent advice, but has so much compassion and genuine interest in her clients that she soon becomes a very trusted friend. Her motivational support and inspiration has forever enriched our lives.

Prof. D. North
Head: School of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Jack T.

Ann has a proven track record as a winning coach and she also walks her talk. Her passion to help and make a difference was evident from our first meeting. She was clearly not going to let me get way with just ok. She challenged me to step up and be all I am today, to better understand me, to lead, to overcome the negative beliefs and obstacles that were standing in my way and to be a more effective manager. She even got me back into exercise again and eating to win. I feel fantastic. Thanks for making my vision a reality. You are simply the best.

Jack T.
IT Project Manager

Shingo Kuneida

Shingo Kuneida

Ann has made a great impact on my life. I never believed I would become the best player in the world. From Ann, I have learned the power of belief, and realized it in reality with various methods that are both simple and effective. Her constant support, and her knowledge in the mental training, physical training, nutrition and on court drills all helped me win all Grand Slam titles and my dream of an Olympic Gold medal.

Moreover, she helped me become the person I always wanted to be. I have the greatest respect for Ann and trust in her, and always will. Meeting her changed my life.

Shingo Kuneida
Triple Paralympic Gold Medallist, 2004, 2008 and 2012, Golden Grand Slam Winner 2008, Winner of more than 20 Grand Slam titles, and Four time ITF Wheelchair World Champion.

Pat Cash

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They say behind every successful man is a woman and relationships aside, Ann has been that one person for me. She helped me become one of the fittest tennis players to ever walk on a tennis court. And one of the things that makes her so special is not only her incredible knowledge of the different ways to train an athlete but her understanding of the other issues that engulf our lives. Ann is a perfectionist and it shows. She has an open mind and a great thirst to learn and grow and I admire that immensely. She has given me so much strength by her confidence and enthusiasm and without her efforts, I would have given up hope on many occasions. Above and beyond all that is her greatest quality, her caring heart.

Pat Cash
Former Wimbledon Champion, Australian Davis Cup Hero

John Linsdsay O.A.M

john lindsay racing in sydney

Dr. Ann has coached me for 7 years, to back-to-back gold medals in the 100 metres at the Pararlympic Games. She is totally committed, a great friend, and has helped me enormously on and off the track. I love having her as my coach.

John Lindsay O.A.M.
Gold Medallist Paralympic Games – 1992, 1996, 2000

Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter

Ann taught me to not ever doubt myself at all.

Pat Rafter
Former World Number One and twice US Open Champion

The Australian Women’s Weekly

Her success goes deeper than telling sports stars what to eat, how to exercise and improve their fitness level, and how to improve their mental attitude. She becomes a part of the family, gets to know some of their more intimate secrets….there’s not much Melbourne based Ann doesn’t know, but she never spills the beans – she’s always tight lipped when it comes to nitty-gritty gossip that everyone would love to hear!

The Australian Women’s Weekly

Munehiro Yoshida

It is my honour to recommend Dr. Ann Quinn whom we had a privilege to have as a speaker on several occasions in Japan. Dr. Quinn is well organized, efficient, extremely knowledgeable, highly adaptable to any given situation, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her seminars were well received from all the Japanese regions and despite her tight daily schedule, Dr. Quinn constantly reviewed the response of the audience and updated her presentation in order to ensure audiences’ understanding on her topics. For instance, she included Japanese meal plans when she covered nutritional information so the audiences can use all they learned, the very next day. Dr. Quinn was always kind and cheerful to everyone she met. During her stay at our facility, she was always open to questions from the staffs, gave thorough answers to each question, and even sent useful information to some of them via email after she left Japan. I highly recommend Dr. Quinn as an inspiring and energetic speaker.

Munehiro Yoshida
Chairman of Yoshida Memorial Tennis Training Center, Japan.

Simon O’Donnell

I’ll be indebted to her for the rest of my days…..I have never seen anyone who puts in the time and detail to their work. She’s just brilliant.

Simon O’Donnell
Melbourne Herald

Glenn Lovett

Simply extraordinary! An inspirational read and great resource for athletes in all sports.

Glenn Lovett
Managing Director, Octagon Europe, Middle East & India, Former Professional Australian Rules Footballer

Dave Miley

Roger Draper

Ann Quinn is one of the most respected tennis coaches in the world today. She is not only a world renowned expert in Physiology and Psychology but she has also worked successfully with athletes from many different sports including tennis players Pat Cash and Patrick Rafter. Ann is one of the ITF’s most popular presenters and has presented on numerous topics related to high performance training at ITF workshops including the ITF regional and ITF Worldwide Coaches Workshops. In fact she was voted top speaker at our last Worldwide Coaches Workshop. Ann is a member of the ITF Coaches Commission and has also helped the ITF to put together many of our educational resources including the ITF Strength and Conditioning book and the ITF Sports Psychology manual.

Dave Miley
Executive Director, International Tennis Federation

David Miley

Ann Quinn is one of the most positive people that I have ever met and one cannot help but be affected by her passion, enthusiasm and belief. Over the past 25 years, Ann has worked successfully with top athletes from many different sports and by being extraordinary herself, both as a coach and as a person, Ann has helped so many people to become ‘the best they can be’ and now in this excellent book she shares with the reader many of the ‘secrets’ she has learned along the way

David Miley
Executive Director, Tennis Development, International Tennis Federation

Dr D. Cuyper

The Flemish Society for Sports Psychology invited Dr Ann Quinn as the keynote lecturer for our 21st Anniversary. We commend Dr Quinn for her excellent presentation on Multidisciplinary Teamwork in Elite Sports. Her extensive multidisciplinary background, both academic and applied, made her an excellent choice for this presentation.

Dr D. Cuyper
President of Flemish Society for Sports Psychology, Belgium

Christopher L. Henry

Having worked with professional athletes and top business executives, it’s quite clear that hard work, dedication and persistence truly do differentiate those who are successful from those who are not. In the end, it is about maximizing the talents and opportunities you have by stretching your limits and working to overcome obstacles to goal attainment. For every Tiger Woods, Martina Navratilova or Michael Jordan, there are hundreds of similarly gifted athletes who have failed at the highest levels not simply because of skill or luck, but because of their work ethic.

There is no ‘easy’ path or simple equation when it comes to being YOUR best or THE best. Ann recognizes the complexities involved in capitalizing on your potential, such as how you spend your time and with whom, maintaining physical and psychological health, working hard and smart, and being true to oneself. Fortunately, she tells you like it is.

Christopher L. Henry
Former NFL (National Football League) executive

James Woorall

This book is a must-have book for any athlete wanting to be a winner. Easy to read, practical, holistic and inspirational with lots of great tools to apply on and off the field for athletes and coaches.

James Woorall
CEO Leaders in Performance

Chris Brown

Ann Quinn was a perfect choice as a guest speaker for Kooyong. She has an extensive background in a variety of sports and most particularly tennis, including periods of time working with Pat Cash and Pat Rafter. Ann is an engaging and well researched speaker and she tailors her presentations to suit the differing interests of groups she addresses. She delivers her message with passion for her subject that holds the interest of her audience and is entertaining and informative.

Chris Brown
CEO Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia
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