48: Dan Newton – CEO Parkour UK and Independent Director Boccia England

May 31, 2021

An open, insightful and vulnerable conversation with the now leader of lifestyle sport governing body – Parkour UK (a sport community which was not sure it needed a Governing Body!)

Dan has had a fantastic career in sport and shares many pearls of wisdom that he has picked up on the way. He has faced some great high and some devastating losses and talks openly about these experiences.

It’s not been a simple and straight forward path and Dan really shows how hard work and perseverance with a clear purpose has helped him do what he always wanted to do.  I am sure much of his story will connect with you in some way or another and may provide you with the insight and inspiration you need!   It is well worth an hour of your time!

 

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Success quotes or sayings:

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realise the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realise that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

 

There is a lot in life when you get told no…get told no again …and you get told no again. Keep going  and use all interactions as feedback.

I am always trying to learn and immerse myself in their stories. They tell stories and do not teach lessons. Through the stories we learn lessons.

A variety of course and content

Look ‘off the beaten path’

Learn from all environments and contexts.

Being aware of my prejudgements and biases.   Everybody has prejudices and biases!

I can only comment on my path.

3 significant losses – lost a child, and mum and mother-in-law within 3 weeks.

Looking to understand the whole person really and fully.

View things in a positive way.

I wasn’t depressed I was going through grief.

Trying to smile about things that have happened. Looking forward. Look for the next thing that will make you smile.

The is a huge amount of this (life) that we are making up as we go along.

There are currently 15 Parkour Podcasts on the Market at present.

The opportunities and challenges going forward…..Collaboration / Co-production, Shared Services,

If you were to put the sport system together now you would probably not make it as it currently is.

We are desperately trying not to ‘Reinvent the wheel’

Looking through a free lens  – not having to deal with some previous cultures and baggage

 

The books that you would recommend are?

From a non fiction perspective; I enjoy the books by Malcolm Gladwell, Matthew Syed and Michael Lewis

 

In no particular order and not limited to:

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Build networks – get others to help you solve your problems and challenges.

Who has made a big impact on you?

All the people that have offered me a job.

 

 

Chris Brindley (former chair of Greater Sport & current chair of the Rugby League World Cup)

Simon Ridd (was at Sport England)

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Anyone really – there are so many!

 

Perhaps….Yvonne Harrison and Born Barikor amongst many are incredibly inspiring

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

Dan talked about his Network – who is in your network, how well do you know them and who or what is missing?

2

What has been one of your greatest losses or rejections and how has it affected you? How could you use this experience to help you positively move on…?

 

Contact info:

Parkour instagram

@parkouruk Strategy

@bocciaengland https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/ What is boccia?

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