Sinead Kane & John O’Regan
Extreme Adventure Athlete Team
What Winning Teams Do Differently
Behind every great business is a great team, but fostering a cohesive group can be a challenge. All too often people think throwing a bunch of people together and calling them a team will get better results. Usually what happens is the dedicated, hard workers end up doing more work and the slackers get to do less. Assessing your team and actively implementing change are both keys to taking your returns to the next level.
Meet Sinead Kane and John O’Regan who show that a good team achieves winning results. Sinead Kane & John O’Regan joined forces back in December 2014. This was after Sinead had completed her first attempt at the Marathon Distance in October 2014. John spotted potential and thought that Sinead might be an untapped talent so he suggested that she try a longer race. John is the International Teams Coordinator for Ultra Running with Athletics Ireland and has captained the team at World Championship level. John not only became Sinead’s guide runner but also her coach and team mate. As John says: ‘To make the dream work you have to have team work.’ Sinead needs a guide runner because she is registered as blind. She just has 5% vision. Sinead may lack eyesight but she can fully see where she is going in terms of her goals. In February 2015, Sinead and John successfully completed a 50K race. Since then Sinead has ran two* 12 hour races and ran a distance of over 100K and finished in second place on both occasions. In November 2015, they took part in an extreme high altitude race in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile called the Volcano Marathon. It traverses Lascar Volcano which is possibly the most active in the region.
In January 2017, Sinead and John took on the World Marathon Challenge. This is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run a Marathon on each of the Seven Continents within Seven Days. They successfully completed this challenge which included 59 hours of flight time, 43,509Km flight distance as well as 295Km of running. They passed through 15 time zones and survived on very little sleep. But these events don’t just happen and their story is one of Team Building and Team Work. Coping with these extreme challenges isn’t easy and getting the job done requires all the attributes you would associate with keeping your business afloat.
What Your Audience Will Take Away
Sinead and John will share what it means to be a winning teammate – and will help your people increase their value by improving their awareness. Understanding team dynamics and what makes them work can lead to greater innovation, increased profit, and happier employees. A good team, powered by diverse experiences and expertise, is inherently more innovative and driven.
Many things can make a company struggle; vague vision, poor customer service, weak sales practices, etc. Ultimately however, the quality of your company will depend on the quality of team building within the organisation. Sinead and John’s teamwork speech will look at the real issues of developing a winning team. Issues addressed include: what to do with people who do not want to be team players; finding individual strengths and maximizing them for best results. You will learn problem-solving methods to optimise team effectiveness and get the tools you need to achieve superior results with your teams.
Learn how Sinead and John have overcome adversity and listen to their real life examples of problem solving, resilience, conflict resolution and most importantly, learn how they get the job done. Sometimes you do your best and other times you do what is necessary.
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John O’Regan Bio
International Ultra Runner, Extreme Athlete & Adventurer
John O’Regan came to the sport late in life at the age of 31 and has since progressed from struggling to complete a distance of 5K to becoming the Irish National Champion on 3 occasions in the time based 24-hr Race and he now runs on the Irish National Team representing Ireland at World & European level in 100K, Ultra Trail and 24-hour races with 10 International Appearances to date. When not competing internationally he travels as team manager and supports the team while racing.
John wouldn’t have considered himself a runner but discovered a way of enjoying the activity by motivating himself through goal setting and in the first seven years from starting out running he went on to complete an Ultra Marathon or Marathon on each of the 7 Continents plus a Marathon at the North Pole. In doing so he has completed the highest, lowest, most northern, most southern, hottest and coldest Marathons in the world and has also ran on a variety of terrain from Arctic to Desert and everything else in between.
Outside of his own endeavours, John has ran as guide runner to Mark Pollock during a few extreme events and most recently has helped to coach and guide Sinead Kane to become the first visually impaired athlete to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents in less than seven days. John believes that he found what he was looking for quite accidentally and that’s partly because he didn’t stop looking and would encourage others to do the same. Don’t decide that you can’t do something until you give it a go and if you want to do something then do it.
Through lessons learnt along the way, John will explain how he manages to stay motivated through setting specific and meaningful goals and why he always looks beyond the finish line. Through John’s experiences, you will learn how to deal with setbacks and how to see challenges as opportunities to become more resilient. John’s strong mindset has helped him transition from a recreational jogger to an elite athlete. Through his personal story he can give you key takeaways on how you can develop a strong mindset.