I have recently got married so you might know me as Rebecca Symes but technically I am now a Levett, proud wife of Nick! I started out my journey in Psychology in 2002 at the University of Southampton and have always been passionate about understanding people.
I was interested in lots of fields of psychology but in discovering sport and performance psychology I knew it was the avenue for me. After my degree, masters and professional practice, I achieved Chartered status with the British Psychological Society in 2009 and I am also a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – the regulatory body for Psychologists in the UK. I am also an accredited Spotlight practitioner and you can find out more about this here.
I have been fortunate to work in a range of different sports including football (England Men’s U21s; England Men’s pathway; Lionesses; Manchester City Women), Cricket (Surrey County Cricket Club; England Men’s Pathway) Paralympic Archery and currently GB Hockey. Throughout these experiences I have been to multiple World and European Championships, countless overseas tours, two Paralympic Games (London and Rio) and and one Olympic Games (Tokyo). Whilst these sports have different psychological demands, one thing remains common – achieving excellence in human performance.
I have also worked with professional MMA fighters, coaches and county age group squads in athletics and individual performers in sports including darts, Olympic swimming, rugby, golf, kick boxing, gymnastics, rifle shooting, laser sailing and ballet dancers.
I have presented at a number of conferences and industry events and enjoy being on podcasts especially when talking about one of my favourite topics, identity. I have contributed to various media pieces including being interviewed by Sky News, BBC News 24, Channel 4 News, Sky Sports News Radio and BBC Radio and contributed to a variety of blogs and articles including Women’s Fitness Magazine, All Out Cricket and Fighters Only. I have also contributed to the sport psychology field through academic papers and authored book chapters. Maybe one day I’ll write my own book!
I also try and volunteer my time where possible and I am currently volunteering for the NHS Responders Service providing vital phone support to individuals at risk of loneliness or experiencing challenges as a result of COVID-19.
In the media
Here’s where you can find out more and read or listen to the latest media coverage Sporting Success has attracted:
I have been interviewed by Sky News, BBC News 24, and Channel 4 News as well as featuring on Sky Sports News Radio and BBC Radio.
A subject I am very passionate about is identity and I discuss this in more detail on BBC Radio 4’s podcast Don’t Tell Me The Score. You can listen to it here.
Additionally, I regularly write features pieces for sporting websites and have been featured in magazines including
Women’s Fitness Magazine, All Out Cricket and Fighters Only.
I have also contributed to and featured in the following sport articles for Channel 4 News, BBC Sport, The Telegraph and a range of other news sources.
England Under 21s appoint sports psychologist to aid chances of success at European Championship
England U21s appeared on the brink of failure - now they look like champions
“Why a happy Andy Murray is a winning Andy Murray”
Whatever happened to Brits losing?
Adcock and White, partners on and off court, target Olympic Gold