NON-NEW TEAM MEMBER - MEET IEUAN

February 05, 2020 3 min read

NON-NEW TEAM MEMBER - MEET IEUAN

Outside of SPORTTAPE, I moonlight as an elite runner (I’ve been to every major athletics championship except the Olympics…that one is pending), so I understand the athlete’s perspective.

I’ve also been on enough massage beds to rack up hundreds of hours of in-depth conversations about what frustrates therapists. I bring that understanding to everything we do at SPORTTAPE.


MY PERSPECTIVE

Not all tapes are created equal. I tell you this from personal experience. Expensive doesn’t always equal a higher quality, and cheap doesn’t always mean bad.

Although VERY CHEAP usually does. You can get a great quality tape without re-mortgaging your house. Enter SPORTTAPE.

As the most injury prone member of the SPORTTAPE team I tend to be the guinea pig for prototype or competitor tapes, and even before I joined #TEAMSPORTTAPE all those years ago, I was well acquainted with the virtues of taping.

Not all tapes are created equal. If only they gave out awards for tape.


QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS

FULL NAME

Ieuan Michael Thomas...My middle name is Michael because my older brother wanted to name me Micky Mouse. True story.

WHAT YOU DO

I’ve got my hand in everything at SPORTTAPE. Whether that’s managing the SPORTTAPE Academy, working with the hundreds of clubs we supply around the world, or figuring out how we can get SPORTTAPE in the hands of hundreds more. 

CORE VALUES

Empathy, Communication and Discipline. Listen to what people need. Truly listen. Then go and make it happen.. 

FAVOURITE QUOTE

To Give Anything Less Than Your Best Is To Sacrifice The Gift.' – Steve Prefontaine 

TOP 3 BOOKS

Following Charlie’s excellent book recommendations (all of which I would push you to pick up asap!) I wanted to give a different kind of top 3. Something that will hopefully inspire you to try something new, no doubt you’ll learn something along the way that will help you empathise, communicate or be more disciplined.

THEATRE
There’s so many similarities between theatre and sport. The physical preparation, the focus, and perhaps most closely; the performance. In a way, athletes and actors could be interchangeable. Plus, they’re hugely entertaining. Go and see Hamilton. It will change your life.

FOOD
I live to eat. Food can be one of life’s great pleasures, but also an opportunity to expand your own skills and experience something completely new. Next time you’ve got a free evening or weekend, find a recipe for something out of the box and get cooking.

EXERCISE
As athletes and therapists, we of course understand the value of exercise. But when was the last time you tried something brand new, or something out of your comfort zone? Sign up for an ultra, hike Snowdown, do a hot yoga class, try Crossfit...the possibilities are endless.

BEST THING ABOUT WORKING FOR SPORTTAPE

SPORTTAPE is a small team. Hopefully you can’t tell from the outside
looking in. What that means though is that we all have a hand in
every aspect of the company, from packing orders to running taping
courses in the UAE.

I love the personal relationships we’re able to build with our therapists, athletes and teams. You couldn’t do that as a large company.

CLOSING REMARKS

In short. We’re here to help you. Whether that’s saving your club or

clinic hundreds on your taping bill, or helping you get the most from our range of tapes.

A great tape is nothing without a great taper using it, so we’ll do
everything we can to make sure you have the skills and prices you need to succeed.

We’re not just another tape company. Not all tapes are createdequal, not all companies are either.

I look forward to working with you. We won’t let you down.


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