Matt is a Holistic High Performance Coach, hailing from Sydney, Australia. A former professional surfer himself, Matt, now 43, has since coached World champions, Australasian champions, published 2 best-sellers, coached and lectured on performance to many leading executives and professional sporting groups world-wide. He had learned how to do things very well, but like most people, was starting to realise it was the being side of things that needed more attention. So he began to explore the inside world of the mind and the simple art of living, not just performing.
Driven by his personal fascination with spirituality and philosophy, Matt quit his job on the World Surfing Tour In 2008 and spent 4-5 years in quiet contemplation in the Royal National Park, just south of his home Sydney. For half a day every day, Matt explored the nature of life, success, the detachment of suffering and how to live a life of high performance, without compromising yourself in the process. This, coupled with his experience in the world of elite performance, would become the inspiration for his programs around The Nature of Success.
Matt is also the director of the Kelee® Foundation Australia, a unique understanding and training of the mind via meditation that helps people detach from disharmonious thoughts and emotions and open their natural ability to its purist point.
Matt has a 360-degree view of performance, programs and methodologies that begin with self-awareness and enable his clients to go after what it is they feel most drawn to in life, with more awareness and less fear. Matt works with everyone from professional athletes to businessman. He lives in Cronulla with his wife Kate and two sons. When he is not teaching about the nature of the mind and performance, he can still be found in the Royal National park, or on his balcony at home, in deep contemplation, 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 Yogi 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 10 years. Kate now works with her husband Matt Griggs on delivering The Nature of Success programs, tours and retreats. Kate also teaches the Free Your Mind 10-step beginners Kelee® Meditation course.
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