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Hockey Workshop
10 December 2013

       Jesse Phillips with the Hockey Athletes.

Aquinas College was the setting for another fantastic Developing Champions Hockey workshop on a balmy Tuesday night. With the large group making up the majority of the TAP (Talent Advancement Program) development squad we settled in and started with a fun and inspiring introduction from lead athlete presenter Jesse Phillips. Jesse treated the young group to a valuable insight into what it takes, to not only be an elite athlete but an Australian Olympian. I could see the surprise in many eyes as Jesse spoke about the huge sacrifices and 1000's of training efforts it took to make the smallest of improvements - even down to every tenth of a second.  

Lead presenter Kate Bobridge lead the athletes through an intensive 3hr program with some great interaction amongst the group. My favourite section of the night was again the Goal Setting section. I find it incredibly inspiring to watch young, up and coming athletes set out goals they desperately wish to achieve in the future. There were many wannabe Olympians, Hockeyroos, Kookaburras and State level athletes sitting in the room dreaming of what could be.   

By Kate Beveridge, WAIS Athlete, West Coast Fever Netballer


The Developing Champions workshop is a superb way for young athletes to begin to understand that on its own raw physical talent isn't enough to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport. It requires dedication, sacrifices, mental strength, smarts and the list goes on. I have no doubt that the young athletes in tonight's program will walk away with a better understanding of what it takes.

By Kate Beveridge, WAIS Athlete, West Coast Fever Netballer 

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