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In partnership with the Western Australian Institute of Sport and The Department of Sport and Recreation  

Welcome to the DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS Program. This program provides you with everything you need to know to succeed as an elite athlete and hopefully become the next Kim Mickle of your sport! We hope you find this information useful and that it helps you to reach your sporting dreams. Good luck.



The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) in partnership with the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) have created a life skills program for developing athletes. The DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS program is designed to assist the development of aspiring young athletes to gain personal development skills with the support of the Personal Excellence program at WAIS.


Champion (noun): a personal example of excellence or achievement

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 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.

Developing Champions in Sport and Life

Success comes through striving for excellence, and consistently working hard to achieve goals. Participants will gain an understanding that this program is one of many opportunities which will help assist them as they strive for success, but that there is a long, hard (but exciting!) road ahead of them as they approach their journey along the high performance pathway. This program seeks to develop successful athletes - those who not only achieve sporting excellence, but are also champions in life. That is, they portray exemplary character; act as positive role models; and achieve personal goals outside of the sporting arena.


To achieve positive behaviour change in targeted athletes by developing athletes’

  • Interpersonal and personal life skills
  • Ability to apply these skills within different contexts.
Click HERE to see the DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS Program Model

Addressing the athletes at the 2010 Youth Olympics Opening Ceremony, IOC President Jacque Roggue, said the Games would help them "learn the differences between winning and being a champion".

"To win, you merely have to cross the finish line," he said. "To be a champion, you have to inspire admiration for your character, as well as for your physical talent."

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