The Elevate Story
Dr Mandy Ruddock is the Director and Founder of Elevate and behind the development of this program is a personal journey.
I was an elite athlete with a passion for high performance sport and education. When my athletic career concluded, I shifted my focus and, as a result I became a lifelong learner which led me to a career in higher education, I completed a PhD, where I researched “the psychological impact of injury in the Australian Football League” to examine how the physiology of sport aligned with the psychology of sport. Researching and working in a predominantly male sporting environment presented many challenges. However, it helped me identify, acknowledge, and utilise my strength, resilience, creativity, and resourcefulness, while remaining authentic to myself and others around me. The journey within the AFL industry extended beyond 15 years, and I consider myself blessed to have created amazing professional relationships and life-long friends.
Along my journey, I learned a great deal from others, about others, and about myself.
I learned important skills that were transferrable into my life. Skills that helped overcome difficulties, obstacles, and setbacks. Most importantly, skills that have helped shape who I am today.
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said; people come into your life for a “reason, a season, or a lifetime”, and during the COVID pandemic I saw a unique opportunity to collaborate and connect with sporting and educational individuals from my past, my present and my future. Those who have supported my vision and shared my passion and, who excel in their craft.
As a result of this gathering of unique people, ELEVATE was born.
Elevate is a wellbeing and performance program that is evidenced-based and guided by theoretical knowledge, scientific research, and personal and professional experience.
The program comprises of education, strategies, practical workshops, and personal and professional experiences which promote positive adaptive behavioural responses to enhance performance and optimal wellbeing.
The goal of ELEVATE is to connect individuals, groups, and organisations and I am proud to align amazing people together who can share their knowledge, their insight, their experiences, and their stories. My hope is for you to join us in this journey that encompasses growth, connection and meaning within.
The programs comprise of; education, strategies, practical workshops, and personal and professional experiences which promote positive adaptive behavioural responses to enhance performance and optimal wellbeing.
Elevate incorporates various topics and can be tailored according to the requirements of the audience.
Pillar 1: Connect
A team of professionals, educators, sporting personalities and story tellers that connect with organisations from sport, business, and education.
Pillar 2: Collaborate
We collaborate to create unique programs tailored to the requirements of the audience.
Pillar 3: Achieve
Enhance wellbeing, increase self-awareness, optimise performance and strategies for growth, through interactive workshops, presentations, and seminars.
Dr Mandy Ruddock
Founder, Director & Wellbeing Consultant
Mr Hayden Kennedy
The Coaching Experience
Mr Bill Nelson
Performance Coaching & Team Building
Mr Clint Bizzell
Dr Carly Harrison
Mental Health Consultant
Mr Joe Pane
Emotional Fitness Expert
Mr Anthony Klarica
Mr Brad McEwan
Professional Storyteller & Mental Health Advocate
Organisations we have worked with
Connect • Collaborate • Achieve
We are a team of professionals, sporting personalities and story tellers that collaborate and work together to enhance wellbeing and optimise performance.