Matt (41 y/o) is a high performance coach, hailing from Sydney, Australia. A former professional surfer himself, Matt has coached, world champions, Australasian champions, published 2 best-sellers, coached and lectured on performance to many leading executive groups world-wide. Matt is at the forefront of performance coaching, having worked with Mick Fanning (2007/09 World Surfing Champion), Stephanie Gilmore (current and 4 x Women’s World Surfing Champion), Owen Wright (current World Tour surfer), first grade NRL players and many other elite athletes.
Matt also teaches a unique meditation (Kelee) that helps people detach from disharmonious thoughts and emotions, so they may distill their natural ability to its purist point. Matt has a 360-degree view of performance and brings his deeper understanding of health, happiness and high performance to everyone from professional athletes to businessman.
Matt’s lives in Cronulla with his wife Kate and two sons. When he is not teaching about the nature of the mind and performance, he is studying it himself.
Kate has extensive experience in theatre, television and broadcasting in Australia, America and Asia. In a career spanning more than a decade, she has overseen various live broadcasts in association with Channel 9 including 2 years as an Entertainment Producer on the ‘Mornings with Kerri-Anne’ show.
Kate then went on to become the ‘Head of Experiential and Events’ for 8 years with leading PR Agency Zing. Kate managed teams of designers, videographers and producers to deliver projects for clients including American Express, Telstra, LEGO, GLACEAU vitaminwater, Coca-Cola, PricewaterHouseCoopers, Tooheys Extra Dry, Nestle and Sydney Olympic Park.
Kate has also been a dedicated Yoga Practitioner from the age of 16 and completed her yoga teacher training course in India with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Her passion for learning about the ‘mind’ and ‘body’ lead her to a Kelee Meditation course where she has been studying with Matt for over 7 years. Kate now works with her husband Matt Griggs on delivering ‘The Nature of Success’ programs, tours and retreats. In this space Kate is not only able to use her corporate events experience but also able to teach Yoga and Kelee Meditation.
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