Dr Gavin Lawrence

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Contact info

Room 207, School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, George Building

Email: g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248388283

Bio:

I am a senior lecturer conducting Sport and Exercise Science research within the Institue of the Psychology of Elite Performance.  This aspect of Performance Psychology research resides in effective coaching, performance development and expertise.  I am particularly interested in investigating how we can accelerate the journey to expertise via adopting a multidisaplinary approach to understading the performer.   For eaxmple, psychosocial and socio-cultural variables, life events and life-style, physical characteristics, training and practice conditions, and the coaching environment.   Throughout this research, I work with high profile Sports Organisations e.g., UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Weightlifting Wales, England Athletics and UK Deaf Sport. 

Research

I am a member of the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance. My Main interests of Sport and Exercise Science research centre on the performance psychology of effective coaching practices, performance expertise and talent development.  The primary aspect this research is to better understand expertise development and ways to accelerate individuals towards expert performance.  Be this through behavioural or Psychological practices. 

My interests reside in ascertaining how practice structure and processes influence our understanding of effective coaching and talent development. For example;  the stress-performance relationship and how anxiety related choking can be prevented together with how the training environment can be structured to optimally achieve this; what are the discriminating factors between those who obtain and those who don’t obtain expertise and super elite status; the influence of virtual reality use and its transfer to real life; focus of attention during novice and expert performance; and optimal ways to structure practice to accelerate learning.

I have secured external funding for this Sport and Exercise Science research for the multidisciplinary Pathway2Podium project, the England and Wales Cricket Board, and Weightlifting Wales amongst others.  These projects take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding talent development through the use of methods designed to monitor the Athlete, the Environment, and the Coach. They examine predictors of differences between higher and lower achieving athletes on Performance Pathways with regard to a wide range of psychosocial and socio-cultural variables, life events and life-style, physical characteristics, training and practice conditions, and the coaching environment.

Contact Info

Room 207, School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, George Building

Email: g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248388283

Bio:

I am a senior lecturer conducting Sport and Exercise Science research within the Institue of the Psychology of Elite Performance.  This aspect of Performance Psychology research resides in effective coaching, performance development and expertise.  I am particularly interested in investigating how we can accelerate the journey to expertise via adopting a multidisaplinary approach to understading the performer.   For eaxmple, psychosocial and socio-cultural variables, life events and life-style, physical characteristics, training and practice conditions, and the coaching environment.   Throughout this research, I work with high profile Sports Organisations e.g., UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Weightlifting Wales, England Athletics and UK Deaf Sport. 

Grant Awards and Projects

Dates

Award Holder (s)

Funding Body

Title

Value

April 2019

Lawrence G.P., (PI) Gottwald, V.M, & Anderson D.N

ESRC

Identifying Talent in the Field; The development of an online talent pathway management app

£9566

April 2019

Lawrence G.P (PI), and Jones, B.

ESRC

Identification of game changers in cricketers; evidenced based insights to enhance the development of the next generation

£9727

April 2019

Lawrence G.P (PI)

ESRC

40 years of Sport Science at Bangor; a showcase event.

£8500

Oct 2018

Gottwald V.M, Lawrence G.P., & Khan, M.A

ESRC DTP – UK Deaf Sport and England Athletics

Enhancing equality in sport: informing the development of a standardised starting system for deaf athletes

£32,215.00

Oct 2017

Lawrence G.P., (PI) & Hardy, L

UK Sport

This is a PhD studentship award that forms three-quarters of a larger research project titled:

A prospective study of the developmental biographies of Great British Pathway athletes.

 

£202,785.00

Aug 2017

Lawrence G.P., (PI) & Hardy, L.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

Investigation of the development pathways of England’s elite Spin Bowlers

£5155.00

Apr 2017

Hardy, L & Lawrence, G.P (C-PI)

ESRC (DTP) – UK Sport

A prospective study of the developmental biographies of Great British Pathway athletes.

 

£64,430.00

Apr 2016

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Gottwald, V.M.

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship II (KESS II); Welsh Weightlifting

PhD research programme designed to investigate the Talent Identification of Weightlifting.

£48,537.00

 

Sep 2015

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Oliver, S.O.

 

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship II (KESS II): Surf Snowdonia

MRes research programme designed to investigate effective skill acquisition interventions within inland surfing facilities.

£15,233.00

 

Apr 2014

Lawrence, G.P (PI), & Roberts, R.

 

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): SurfLines

4 separate research project ATMs to Investigate the effects of contextual interference in the learning of outdoor activity skills

£63,325.00

 

Mar 2014

Hardy, L., & Lawrence, G.P. (C-PI)

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

 

4 year PhD research programme designed to investigate the practice and training histories of elite and super elite cricketers

£79,199.00

 

Jun 2013

Lawrence, G.P. (PI)

 

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

3 separate ATMs to investigate the effects of contextual interference in the Down syndrome population

£47,120.00

 

Jun 2012

Lawrence, G.P. (PI) & Hardy, J.T.

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

4 separate research project ATMs investigate the effects of varying foci of attention in the acquisition and learning of motor skill in the Down syndrome population.

£63,325.00

Nov 2011

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Hayes, A.

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

to investigate the barriers to sports club participation for individuals with learning disabilities; 2) to investigate the effects of performance pressure on the motor control of individuals with Down syndrome.

£21,782.00

 

Aug 2011

Smeeton, N., Ford, P., Lawrence, G.P. (CI), Jackson, R., & Williams, M.A.

BASES and ICSEMIS

 

Successful pre-Olympic symposium. Anticipation in Sport

 

£1,500.00

 

Apr 2011

Laing, S.L., & Lawrence, G.P (C-PI).

 

‘Polar’ Electro Oy Professorintie, 5, 90440 Kempele, Finland

 

Research program focused on whether psychomotor speed tracks increases in training stress similarly to orthostatic heart rate profiles, R-R interval heart rate variability and blood parameters

£21,733.00

 

Nov 2010

John, N., Lawrence, G.P. (CI), & S. Watt

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship: Rugby Innovations

PhD: An Advanced Virtual Environment for Rugby Skills Training

 

£59,469.00

 

Nov 2009

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Khan, M.A.

 

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship: MENCAP

PhD: Enhancing the motor skills of individuals with a learning disability; increasing functional independence. 

£58,963.00

 

Other

Invited presentations/workshops:

1. Sport Wales Skill Acquisition workshop to Perfromance Directors and Practitioners. Welsh Institute of Sport, June 2017

2. Sport Wales Anxiety and Perfromance workshop to coaches. Welsh Institue of Sports, June

3. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). A series of four separte Skill Acquisition workshops on instruction, practice structure, pressured perfromance, and feedback delivery. Presented to Elite coaching staff at the National Centre of Excellence, October through December 2016. 

4. Training with anxiety; the story so far.  Midcareer Researcher lecture delivered at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). Sheffield institute of Sport (EIS) April, 2015.

5. Welsh Yachting Associations annual Big Weekend for elite and squad coaches. ‘Effective coaching; the role of practice structure in obtaining expertise.’ Plas Menai Centre of Excellence for Sailing (February 2014).

6. Discussion panelist at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network.  ‘Skill Acquisition interventions’ – Biz Price (GB performance director for synchronised swimming). English Institute of Sport (High Performance Centre) Bisham Abbey. April 2013. 

7. Health and Well Being public lecture series part funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (hefcw) and The National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare. Title: ‘Performance pressure is like chocolate: some people can devour as much as they want without any negatives whilst others suffer at the mere mention of the word!’.  Venue Cymru, Llandudno, November 2012.

8. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS).  Pre Olympic symposium ‘Elite performance: Anticipation skill in Olympic sports: advances in theory and practice’.  Glasgow, July 2012

9. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). ‘The positive effects of practicing with anxiety.’  Loughborough, April 2011.

10. Ninewells Hospital and Medical Centre, Dundee. Workshop delivered to health professionals focusing on applying Motor Control and Learning research within the rehabilitation and medical settings. November 2008.

Overview

I am a member of the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance. My Main interests of Sport and Exercise Science research centre on the performance psychology of effective coaching practices, performance expertise and talent development.  The primary aspect this research is to better understand expertise development and ways to accelerate individuals towards expert performance.  Be this through behavioural or Psychological practices. 

My interests reside in ascertaining how practice structure and processes influence our understanding of effective coaching and talent development. For example;  the stress-performance relationship and how anxiety related choking can be prevented together with how the training environment can be structured to optimally achieve this; what are the discriminating factors between those who obtain and those who don’t obtain expertise and super elite status; the influence of virtual reality use and its transfer to real life; focus of attention during novice and expert performance; and optimal ways to structure practice to accelerate learning.

I have secured external funding for this Sport and Exercise Science research for the multidisciplinary Pathway2Podium project, the England and Wales Cricket Board, and Weightlifting Wales amongst others.  These projects take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding talent development through the use of methods designed to monitor the Athlete, the Environment, and the Coach. They examine predictors of differences between higher and lower achieving athletes on Performance Pathways with regard to a wide range of psychosocial and socio-cultural variables, life events and life-style, physical characteristics, training and practice conditions, and the coaching environment.

Teaching and Supervision

JXH1044 BSc 1st year Conducting Successful Research

JXH2041 BSc 2nd year Project Proposal

JXH3001 BSc 3rd year Research Project

JXH3054 BSc 3rd year Dissertation

JXH3050 BSc 3rd year Skill Acquisition

JXH4022 MSc Effective Coaching Practice

JXH4008 MSc Supervised Experience

JXH4009 MSc Research Project Proposal

JXH4900 MSc Research Project

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Professional , Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2005 - PhD , The planning and execution of target directed movement (psycho-motor control) , Bangor University (2001 - 2004)
  • 2000 - BSc , Sports Science 1st Class , Bangor University (1997 - 2000)

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