Positive Coaching at the Highest Level of Gymnastics with Cleo Washington

Today’s episode I’m thrilled to share with you a captivating gymnastics coaching journey, featuring none other than the remarkable Cleo Washington. I Cleo shares her experiences and expertise gained over 20 years in the gymnastics coaching world, where she has coached World Champion Morgan Hurd, national team member Kaliya Lincoln, and the promising Olympic hopeful, Nola Matthews. But beyond the accolades, Cleo’s approach stands out for its emphasis on mental health and athlete wellbeing.

In our conversation, Cleo shares her philosophy on finding the balance between nurturing compassion and fostering excellence. She explains how creating a supportive environment is paramount to unlocking the full potential of athletes and guiding them out of their comfort zones with positivity and empathy. We explore the intricacies of communication, resilience, and staying present amidst the pursuit of audacious goals.

I couldn’t help but feel inspired by her commitment to excellence with empathy. Her words serve as guidance for coaches and athletes alike, reminding us that true success goes beyond winning medals—it’s about the meaningful impact we make on others’ lives.

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Cleo Washington talk about:

Cleo Washington’s Coaching Journey.

Fostering Young Athletes’ Voices. 

Balancing Big Goals

Helping Gymnasts Overcome Fear and Anxiety.

2 Key Elements to Build a Supportive Gymnastics Culture.

Crafting Connections in Gymnastics Coach-Parent Communication.

Trust, Transparency, and Triumph.

“As coaches, we don’t always get it right. We’re human, the same way our athletes are.” – Cleo Washington

Cleo Washington’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohhclee/

Cleo Washington’s Website: https://bestdarngymnastics.com/events/womentum/