Three Sisters Consulting is an exciting new Mind Matters venture. Jenna Woolven (Mind Matters founder), Becky Woolven and Pippa Woolven are three international athletes with careers spanning three sports and three decades. Delivering talks and workshops in schools and colleges, the Three Sisters share stories of their experiences in the world of elite sport. Drawing on tips, tricks and tales from throughout their careers, sessions focus mainly on the mental and physical challenges these sisters have faced, how they were able to overcome them, and the lessons they learnt along the way. Sessions include anecdotes, videos, Q&A’s, and discussion among audience members on topics relevant to many other aspects of life. These include resilience and dealing with pressure, balancing education, sport and home life commitments, overcoming setbacks, goal setting and much more.
More about the sisters below
Despite growing up in a family with no equestrian background whatsoever, Becky has a life-long obsession with horses: a passion that was ignited as a young girl and is yet to waver in its intensity. Having chosen a somewhat inaccessible hobby, Becky faced many setbacks in her quest to own a horse. She overcame all of these and much more to become an elite event rider competing at the very highest level in the sport of Eventing. Winning an individual gold medal at the World University Equestrian Championships in 2010, she then went on to set up her own business after leaving University (see www.beckywoolveneventing.com). With three appearances at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trails under her belt and three top 20 finishes at 5* level, at 30 years old Becky is still considered to be relatively young in a sport where athletes may not peak for another two decades.
Jenna played all sports from a very young age, but eventually settled on dedicating her time and energy to hockey. She has represented England, played semi-professionally in Germany and Australia and has won the English Premier League Title 6 years in a row with Surbiton Hockey Club. But Jenna has also had her fair share of setbacks along the way, having to deal with deselection, injury and losing her love for the sport. Jenna went on to study Psychology and now works as a Chartered Sports Psychologist, alongside her job at performance consultancy Lane4. She recently completed an Ironman triathlon for charity as well as setting up her own business: Mind Matters.
Pippa was a runner right from the off, making her entry into the sport via her Primary School cross country race. It didn’t take long for her to earn a place on the family podium, running for Great Britain at the World Junior Athletics Championships and winning two English Schools titles in the 1,500m Steeplechase. Pippa begin her further education at the University of Birmingham before taking up a full athletics scholarship at Florida State University. During her university years, Pippa won three British University titles (in Cross Country and the 3,000m steeplechase) and finished 8th in front of 50,000 spectators at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Since then, Pippa has battled and overcome several health issues including disordered eating, RED-S and athletically-induced ammenorea – topics which she presented on at the BBC Sporting Mind Conference in 2019. Pippa now works full time for the National Trust at Cliveden as a Visitor Experience Officer whilst continuing to represent England & GB in athletics and cross-country.