Owen Slot

The Talent Lab
  • The Talent Lab

  • Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

    Simon Timson and Chelsea Warr were the Performance Directors of UK Sport, tasked with the outrageous objective of delivering even greater success to Team GB and ParalympicsGB at Rio than in 2012. Something no other host nation had ever achieved in the next Games.

    In The Talent Lab, Owen Slot brings unique access to Team GB’s intelligence, sharing for the first time the incredible breakthroughs and insights they discovered that often extend way beyond sport. Using lessons from organisations as far afield as the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, the NFL Draft, the Royal College of Surgeons and the SAS, it shows how talent can be discovered, created, shaped and sustained.

    Charting the success of the likes of Chris Hoy, Max Whitlock, Adam Peaty, Ed Clancy, Lizzy Yarnold, Dave Henson, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katherine Grainger, the Brownlee Brothers, Helen Glover, Anthony Joshua and the women’s hockey team, The Talent Lab tells just how it was done and how any team, business or individual might learn from it.

Owen Slot is the Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Times. He has covered six summer Olympics and three winter Olympics. He has three times won Sports Reporter of the Year and three times won Sports Feature Writer of the Year. He has written five books: two romantic comedies, two children’s novels, and was ghost-writer of Jonny, the autobiography of Jonny Wilkinson.


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