Tim Noakes delivers an inspirational talk at TEDxCapeTownED
about the powerful influence coaches can have on their athletes
by providing them the self-belief to achieve extraordinary accomplishments.
He cites a number of great athletes and their coaches to deliver
his points. He leaves a challenge with all of us (as parents,
teachers, mentors, spouses, friends, etc) to foster positive
beliefs in those we too, may inspire.
Tim Noakes, MD, DSc, is Discovery Health professor of exercise
and sport science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa
and known throughout the academic community for the high-caliber
nature of his scientific insights and work. He is also director
of the Medical Research Council/University of Cape Town Research
Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the Sports Science
Institute of South Africa in Newlands. Noakes was awarded a doctorate
in science (DSc) in 2002, the highest degree awarded by the University
of Cape Town. Publishing the first scientific article on exercise-associated
hyponatremia (EAH) is considered among his greatest achievements.
Noakes is a veteran of more than 70 marathons and ultra-marathons,
and his book Lore of
Running (2003) is considered a classic by serious distance
runners. More recently, he published Waterlogged
where he challenges many long standing misconceptions about hydration.
In addition, Noakes is an editorial board member for many
international sport science journals and a former president of
the South African Sports Medicine Association. In 1996, he presented
the prestigious J.B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture at the American
College of Sports Medicines annual meeting. In 1999, he
was elected as one of 22 founding members of the International
Olympic Committees Olympic Science Academy. The National
Research Foundation of South Africa considers Noakes an A-rated
scientist, and in 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver)
from the president of South Africa.