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17 April 2019

Mid-West Academy of Sport: Foundations for My Success

17th April 2019, WAIS High Performance Service Centre

Story by Cruz Hogan, WAIS Javelin Scholarship Holder


Athletes from the Mid-west Academy of Sport based within Geraldton made the 4-hour journey to Perth this week to visit some of Perth’s premier, multi-million-dollar sporting facilities. This included the Western Australian Institute of Sport’s High-Performance Service Centre located in Mount Claremont. Athletes were invited to a tour around the 2015 purpose-built facility and were provided insight into the daily lives of the athletes training within and were exposed to the wide range of technologies and services provided to WA’s high performing athletes. Following the tour, athletes completed the Developing Champions "Foundations for Success” seminar facilitated by myself and Olympic athlete and coach, Jesse Phillips.


The seminar facilitated important discussions around sporting commitment and what it takes to become a high performing athlete. In groups, athletes discussed the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for why they participate and compete in their own sport and what steps (in both sporting and daily life) they would have to take in order to reach the pinnacle of their sport. Subsequently, the athletes discussed the importance of time-management skills to ensure they have enough time to eat, go to school, travel, train, compete, sleep while maintaining a ‘healthy mind platter’.


Athletes finished the session with discussions on integrity within sport and what the ramifications were for taking an illegal substance not only at an individual level, but at a whole sporting fraternity level.


Thanks to the athletes who made the journey to visit WAIS, it was great to meet athletes from a wide range of different sporting backgrounds. All the best for your future sporting endeavours.

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