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jungle tiger ready to pounce


I help athletes make sense of what's going on in their head, cut through the noise, and unleash their inner tiger.

I teach them WHAT to do with HOW they FEEL, so they show up with confidence and courage.

And because it takes a village, I also work with their parents and coaches.

My clients include Olympic medalists, Professional Golfers, and National Team Athletes.  But the majority of them are
just like YOU.

Show up with courage and confidence when it matters most.

I'm Shawnee, a 2x Olympian and Mental Toughness Coach, and I help athletes solve these problems:  

  • Lack of confidence

  • Overwhelmed with nerves

  • Full of negative self-talk

  • Focused on excuses

  • Unable to take feedback

  • Not living up to their potential

  • Being passive

  • Easily discouraged

  • Shying away from big moments

  • Feeling sorry for themselves and giving up

I help athletes build a toolkit so they understand what's going on in their head, and what to do about it.   

Shawnee Harle photo at the Olympics

In other words, Mental Toughness is an incorrect phrase.

  • I don't teach "toughen up"

  • don't teach "suck it up buttercup"

  • I don't teach "get out there and be confident"

I teach grit, resilience, and mistake response.  Even better, I teach courage.


These are the "tough" skills your athlete needs to handle the storms.  And most of the storms are emotional, not physical.

When your athletes' toolkit is full of emotional intelligence and self-awareness, they learn to save themselves from the storm.  They know what to do with how they feel.

These are the soft skills that are really hard. And they aren't just sport skills; they are life skills.

I have 27 years of experience to help your athlete build confidence and courage. 

It's time for them to STOP playing it safe and START showing up as their Greatest Self.

 Ale Loutitt ski jumper

“Extreme sports require a strong body and mental toughness. Although my physical game was on par, I lacked mental toughness. After one session with Shawnee, I qualified for my first World Championship, and recently won a bronze medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.  And I just finished high school!”


“Shawnee's coaching helped me get a handle on what I'm thinking and feeling when I compete. I know what to do when I feel nervous; I am the boss of my thoughts rather than allowing them to boss me around.  I can focus on what's in my control and compete with confidence.”


Teal Harle free style skier

As a Mental Toughness Coach, I help athletes talk about the 'F' Word:  FEELINGS

Sport teaches us NOT to talk about FEELINGS, yet every time we step on the court, the ice, the field, the track, the pool, or the snow, FEELINGS are everywhere. 


Sport hits us right in the heart, and creates a bucket full of FEELINGS, many of them negative and uncomfortable.
What should you do with this heavy bucket?

Make your 'F' bucket lighter.

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