Workshop prepares athletes for long and rewarding sporting careers

When it comes to being a champion, it’s not only about being the first to cross the finish line.

South West Academy of Sport athletes are learning there are many qualities that a champion possesses.

Among these are good communication skills – the importance of which was the focus of a recent Developing Champions workshop that was facilitated by Australian field hockey player Nicole Arrold and local Dylan Panizza.

Part of a program run by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Western Australian Institute of Sport, the workshop series aims to assist the personal development of aspiring young athletes.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said learnings from the workshop would come in handy as the academy’s young sports men and women progressed their sporting careers.

“Nowadays sports people are out there in the media and in the limelight,” she said.

“They need to know how to conduct themselves, how to they manage their behavior. It’s about respect.”