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16 November 2013

Amber Bradley, ex-WAIS Rower, Olympian 

Twenty-seven up-and-coming WA sports stars joined myself and WAIS employee, Kate Bobridge, on Saturday, 16 November, at the Rowing WA headquarters as part of the Developing Champions core foundations program.  

The workshop, which ran from 10.30-2.30pm, was conducted during the hottest part of the 37-degree day, but that didn’t appear to affect anyone’s enthusiasm to learn and contribute.   

Ranging in age from 14-17 years, the athletes represented the racing sports of rowing, canoeing and cycling.  

A variety of life skill topics were covered, including understanding and dealing with moods, emotions and stress. And we discussed how some degree of stress is important to ensure athletes have enough get-up-and-go to put in a top performance.  

The not-very-sexy topic of time management was discussed, with the lectures encouraging their students to take responsibility for their own schedule, using some form of portable diary.  

Finally, each student was asked to come up with a specific goal that would help them achieve the next rung of success on their own ladder towards their ultimate dream goal.  

It is widely believed that top-level sporting success has more to do with one’s mental approach than his/her physical ability, therefore those who pay close attention to the areas listed above, will undoubtedly achieve the greatest success.  

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