Jon Pitts is a Human Performance Coach who has been on a fascinating journey through elite sport. Starting as a Sports Scientist in football at several professional clubs, he has developed a wide knowledge base of physical and mental performances. Lucky enough to have worked with some of the leading athletes in a wide range of sports, Jon travels across the world continually searching for advances in high performance.
After football, Jon was invited to work with leading jockeys in the UK that has led to a position as a highly regarded authority on rider performance within horse sport. Acting as an advisor to the Professional Jockey’s Association, over the past 10 years Jon has led the development of professional rider and jockey training and has designed concepts for both safety and performance which now play a major role within equestrian sports. Previously, he has worked with many of Europe’s leading riders across the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines as part of Team GB’s World Class Performance Programme including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then, he has become involved with Equestrian Australia on their High Performance Programme, where most recently he supported riders at London 2012 and is now currently working towards Rio 2016 with Australia’s leading riders, both at home and in Europe.
His experiences in equestrian sports, together with a fascinating involvement with free diving (including several world record achievements) gave Jon the indication that he needed to further understand how our physical and mental performances influence us. Since then, he has studied neuroscience and the workings of the brain, and has been developing cutting edge skill acquisition programmes. With a particular angle on performance under pressure and anxiety management, Jon has been working closely with several high profile sports including cricket, golf and tennis.
During this time Jon has designed RideSmart, based on his ongoing research and work with some of the worlds leading riders.