Lessons Learned in Life Skills

The importance of keeping your life in balance to be a successful athlete was the key message for the MWAS athletes at the Developing Champions workshop hosted at Sports House. The program WAIS Coordinator for the Developing Champions program, Kate Bobridge, travelled from Perth to deliver the workshop.

The program teaches aspiring athletes key skills over many areas such as effective communication skills, understanding my body and developing positive relationships. It is part of the role played by the MWAS in preparing athletes in the Mid West for the “next stage” as explained by Kate Bobridge “The regional athletes we work with are often hard working, resilient and tough. Sometimes they lack a level of high performance sport education. Developing Champions looks to provide the knowledge and skills they require to be the best athlete they can be.”

The key messages delivered were reinforced by netball athlete Kate Beveridge who shared her experiences with the Australian Diamonds and the West Coast Fever. Beveridge was excellent in adding her experience to the workshop at key moments that helped define the importance of the skills on offer to an elite athlete’s tool box.

A further bonus from this workshop was the confirmation that local teacher Ben Djuve will now take responsibility for presenting the workshops in Geraldton. This will provide greater flexibility and ensure the content covers the local needs. It also removes the need for Bobridge to travel to Geraldton, although the program will retain the benefits of having a WAIS athlete attend to share their experiences at the highest levels.

The MWAS acknowledges the support of the Department of Sport and Recreation and the WAIS in providing the Developing Champions program to the Mid West region.