The Psychology of Winning, 1830hrs Monday 20th June


An essential evening for Academy members, BA Cup squad and all racers who would rather come first than second.

In the final run up to Rio, the British Sailing Team’s Lead Performance Psychologist, Emilie Thienot will be giving a talk with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Reserve your place with the Sailing Office ASAP

Emilie is the Lead Psychologist working with the British Sailing Team.  She has been with the English Institute of Sport & Royal Yachting Association since 2014 supporting and developing mentally robust sailors for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and implementing a strategy to profile and train decision-making in sailing.

Prior to this, Emilie worked at the French Institute of Sport as a Sport Psychology consultant in the department of Performance Optimisation in Olympic and Paralympic sports.  Here she implemented a strategy for psychology delivery in various Olympic and Paralympic sports and delivered Sports Psychology support to the track cycling French team.

Before this Emilie was a Sport Psychology consultant at the Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth where she delivered Sports Psychology for the diving youth squad as well as the gymnastic youth and senior squad.

Emilie has also worked at elite level in Rowing, Swimming, Rugby and Tennis.
PhD in Sport Sciences conducted at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia (UWA) and at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS)
Master of Psychology with honours, Ecole des Psychologues Praticiens de Paris
Development and preliminary validation of the Mindfulness Inventory for Sport. Psychology of Sport & Exercise. Thienot, E., Dimmock, J., Jackson, B., Grove, B., Bernier, M., & Fournier, J. (2014).
Effects and mechanisms of change of a mindfulness-based intervention with young elite figure skaters: Two case studies. The Sport Psychologist Bernier, M., Thienot, E., Pelosse, E., & Fournier, J. F. (2013)
The attentional focus of expert golfers in training and competition: A naturalistic investigation. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 326-341 Bernier, M., Codron, R., Thienot, E., & Fournier, J. F. (2011).
Mindfulness and acceptance in sport performance. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 4, 320-333. Bernier, M., Thienot, E., Codron, R., & Fournier, J. F. (2009).
Attention and sport performance: A review in applied sport psychology. Revue Staps, 30, 25-42 (publication in French journal) Bernier, M., Thienot, E, & Codron, R. (2009).
The third wave of cognitive and behavioural approaches in sport psychology. In G. Décamps (Ed.), Psychologie du sport et de la santé. Bruxelles : Editions De Boeck Bernier, M., Thienot, E., Codron, R., & Fournier, J. (2012).
Professional qualifications
British Psychology Society  accredited psychologist.
Elected board member of the French Society of Sport Psychology (SFPS)
SFPS Accredited Sport Psychologist
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training
Statistics training
Structural Equation Modelling using Amos; ANOVA and Linear Regression
Personal Sporting achievements
Elite athlete in finswimming: member of the French National Team from 1997 to 2007, Silver medalist World championships (20km-event, 2007).
Five times national champion from 2001 to 2006 (6km and 20km events).