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MWAS workshop: MY Relationships, MY Body -> MY Success
2 August 2015

Mid West Academy of Sport (MWAS), Foundation Elective workshop

2 August 2015, Department of Sport and Recreation Mid West Regional office

story by Kate Beveridge, WAIS & West Coast Fever Netball player.
Today’s Foundation for My Success Elective workshop was set in windy Geraldton with a relatively small group of athletes, who are lucky to be Mid West Academy of Sport (MWAS) scholarship holders. The athletes came from a number of sporting backgrounds including, athletics, hockey, cricket, squash and basketball. The session included three modules;
1.   Communication
2.   Me; You; Everyone
3.   Managing My Body
The communication component proved interesting to hear the different generations explaining their take on what is an acceptable form of communication between, coach and athlete. Watching them listen to Kate* and Ben^ explain what is acceptable in an array of different situations - you could certainly see they were taking the information on board. Interestingly enough checking emails daily didn’t rate highly on some of the athlete’s priority list. All athletes however did show high levels of consideration when it came to travel and pre game preparation.
After a short break and some excellent questions on motherhood and the prospect of returning to high level competition we were back into the swings of things with the second module ‘ Me, You, Everyone’. This module ties in well with communication and explores the importance of positive, healthy relationships between the athlete, coach and organisation. It was interesting to hear that at such a young age there were already multiple examples of where this had already broken down and impacted negatively on a number of the athletes. I strongly believe this component was an eye opener for those who had and hadn’t experienced issues on what they are doing well and what they needed to improve on respectively.
The final module on Managing My Body was a sure head turner with nearly all athletes identifying holes in their current recovery routine with more than one explaining they do very little to none. If the athletes take anything away from this session (which I’m sure they will) I am positive they will take plenty from this module with many coming up with easy ways to improve this area, from eating recovery food in the car on the way home to hot/cold showers and stretching after every session.
Once again this workshop highlighted just how fortunate these budding athletes are to be receiving this information at the beginning of their career. Great job WAIS :)
*Kate Bobridge: Developing Champions Program Coordinator;  WAIS Athlete Education Officer.
*Ben Djuve:  Developing Champions Lead Facilitator;  Geraldton local – Teacher/Mentor at the Midwest Clontarf Academy
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