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Great Sourthern's Talent
20 March 2016

GSSTA: Foundation Core

20 March 2016, Albany

story by Olivia Vivian, Gymnast, 2008 Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games, multiple World Championships


Today we had the pleasure of hosing a mixture of sporting athletes from the Great Southern Sport Talent Academy in the lovely town of Albany.

I've visited Albany on numerous occasions and today's foundation workshop just made it to the list of wonderful experiences I've had in this town.

The athletes came from all across the Great Southern to take part in today's activities and despite not knowing each other, they soon became familiar and jumped right into it.

To break the ice in a foundations workshop we like to get everyone to start thinking about what a champion means to them.

The common words and pictures that are often put down on their paper are 'winner' and drawings of medals, podiums and trophies.

Even though these aspects are all good and well and we like to reach the top of the podium, we try to dig deeper into thoughts on what makes a champion.

This is where words like 'Determination,' 'Mentally Strong,' 'Relentless,' and 'Team Player' come in to play.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to champions, is that they've overcome failures and hurdles to get to that point. It would be hard to meet an elite athlete that hasn't had an injury, or that never missed out on a team. It's the 'Resilience' and 'Motivation' that allows them to pick themselves back up and continue on.

For many team sports, the way an athlete interacts and supports their teammates will often have a huge effect on their progression also. One person can't carry a team so if an athlete has the ability to help, support and encourage their teammates it can make a huge difference to the team’s success. The more skills you possess, the more valuable you are to any given team.

Another important factor to remember is the clique "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard." This has got to be one of the truest statements out there. Champions aren't always the most talented of athletes. They are often the ones who are willing to go the substance and further. Talent will only get someone so far. This is also important for the slower developers to keep in mind, because sometimes it can be hard seeing your team mates or opponents develop faster than you. Just remember to keep focusing on your own self improvements. If you keep working hard, harder than anyone else, that's what's going t carry you until the end.

There's more to a champion than a piece of hard-ware, and this activity is the perfect way to lay the foundations down for this workshop!


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