Reflections on winning and wellbeing
- Strategies for dealing with pressure
- Finding work-life balance
- Be the best you can be
Jonny Wilkinson became a sporting icon when his drop goal won the Rugby World Cup for England in 2003. That moment is just one highlight in a record-breaking career that spans three decades. He is one of the most decorated rugby players, becoming the highest international points scorer, and a role model of professionalism.
Jonny’s attitude to self-improvement and his pursuit of kicking perfection is what made the difference, nothing was left to chance. This success is only part of Jonny’s story. At this event, we’ll ask him about the pressure of expectation and the impact of being labelled as one of the greatest rugby union players of all time.
Jonny will reveal what he has learned about success and why it’s important to enjoy the journey just as much as the outcome. This inspirational event will explore how to be the best you can be and happy too.
A promising youth player, Jonny abandoned his university studies to join the Newcastle Falcons in 1997, a team he would spend the next 12 years with. He made his international debut at the age of 18, becoming England’s youngest ever player in a humiliating 76-0 defeat by Australia. However, within 18 months he had scored 100 test points and played in his first World Cup. In the 2003 World Cup, he played a key role scoring in almost every match he played in. He also became the competition’s top points scorer. The year also saw him named the IRB International Player of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
At club level he left Newcastle, after helping them to Premiership and Powergen Cup titles, and joined RC Toulon. At the French club he became their most popular player bowing out in 2014 in a blaze of glory, captaining his side to victory in both the pan-European Heineken Cup and the French Top 14 final. He has subsequently worked as kicking-coach at both RC Toulon and with the England team. Off the pitch he has written five books and has co-founded his own online fashion brand, Fineside.