Developing Champions Program
Commencing in 2014, MWAS athletes recieve education through the 'Developing Champions' program. 'Developing Champions' is a module-based athlete education system that was developed through a partnership of the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the Department of Sport and Recreation.
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 demanding challenges of life as a high performance sportsperson. 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.
MWAS believes that although being physically talented can help with performance, the most important attribute for an athlete is their mind. The sports psychologists that MWAS engages have worked with athletes and coaches right through to the Olympic level.
Click HERE for an overview of the MWAS Sports Psychology Program
MWAS educates athletes, coaches and parents about 'fuel for performance'. The nutrition seminars and consultations are delivered through Central West Health and Rehabilitation. In addition, MWAS also has a policy statement on supplements, medications and injections. The general principle for MWAS athlete nutrition is that there is no better fuel than healthy, highly nutritious, natural foods. These are highly preferable to all supplements.
MWAS is committed to the highest levels of integrity. All MWAS athletes and coaches, officials, employees and service providers must adhere to the MWAS Anti-doping policy. In addition, MWAS provides athletes and coaches with anti-doping education annually. All athletes are responsible for any substance that enters their body and MWAS ensures that athletes are aware of this.
Athletes and coaches receive media skills training through interactive workshops. These workshops are run in partnership with MWAS media partners; Geraldton Guardian, Spirit Radio and WAFM. Athletes and coaches put their skills into practice by being interviewed live on air with the Spirit Radio and through various media opportunities with the Geraldton Guardian and interviews for television.
In order to achieve the MWAS mission of 'Providing an exceptional home training environment for talented Mid West athletes', MWAS recognises that we need to invest in the development of coaches that coach both current and future MWAS athletes. Through the MWAS Coaching Effectiveness Program, 20 coaches receive ongoing development opportunities. This, in turn results in approximately 400 athletes and aspiring athletes in the sporting community receiving a positive influence from MWAS.