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Our People and Culture team are responsible for having created some of the most respected cultures in high performance sport.


Derek Covington

Derek is the Founder and Principal of First Water Performance and former Director of Olympic Performance for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Over 20 years and 9 Olympic Games, Derek has built performance environments where people could maximise their potential.


Grant Downie, OBE

Grant consults as a critical friend to the City Football Group, The Premier League, The Scottish FA, Aberdeen FC and Ross County FC. A respected coach and mentor, Grant was formerly the Head of Performance at Manchester City FC Academy, Middlesborough FC and Rangers FC.


Dr. Angus Mugford

Angus is the VP of High Performance at Toronto Blue Jays. In this role, Angus is responsible for building a collaborative, high-performance culture that is interdisciplinary in nature, creates leaders and supports each member of the team to fulfil their potential.


Travis Thomas

Travis is the Leadership & Team Development Specialist at US Soccer Men’s National Team. An improv comedian, Travis takes the rules of improv to sports teams, such as New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to teach the skills of collaboration.

People & Culture: Team
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