Developing Champions equips athletes with an understanding of the elite athlete lifestyle, the importance of balancing different life areas and the positive effects that can have on sports performance.
The primary objective of the WAIS Personal Excellence program is to contribute to the personal development and performance of WA’s high performance athletes by assisting them to achieve a balance in sport and life without compromising on excellence. The Developing Champions program has been designed to create a strong link with the Personal Excellence program objectives.
High performance athletes need to consistently strive to be champions in all areas of life – not just their sporting pursuits. A well-rounded, balanced and capable individual makes for a more successful, happy athlete able to cope with the demanding challenges of life as a high performance athlete. The Developing Champions program aims to assist young aspiring athletes to engage in healthy behaviours and make positive decisions which will enable them to successfully enter and then progress along the high performance pathway.
To achieve positive behaviour change in targeted athletes by developing:
- Interpersonal and personal life skills
- Ability to apply these skills within different contexts.
The program is delivered with State Sporting Associations to identified athletes through either face to face workshops, online learning modules, or a combination of both.
It also supports the parents and coaches of these athletes through an additional, complementary workshop.
Foundations for my success: integrity in sport; managing change; performing in life and sport.
Communication: negotiating family, education and work; respecting team, sport and officials.
Nutrition: fueling my body; recovery; supplements, drugs and ASADA protocols.
Performance psychology: mental awareness; mental skills; mental strength.
Supporting my athlete: coaches and parents; pathways; funding.
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