Workshop equips athletes for success on and off the sports field

It might have been the weekend, but a group of up-and-coming local athletes were happy to step into the classroom on Sunday for a lesson of a different kind: How to become a champion.

The teenage talents were brought together by the South West Academy of Sport to participate in a Developing Champions workshop that aimed to provide them with communication skills for coping with the challenges of life as a high performing athlete.

A partnership between the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Western Australian Institute of Sport, the Developing Champions program is designed to nurture the growth of participants.

Topics covered in the workshop included “negotiating family, education and work”, “respecting team, sport and officials”, and “social media”.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said the program took a holistic approach to the development of athletes.

“The program teaches athletes the life skills they need to perform on and off the field,” she said.

“It’s about getting their moral compass right.”

SWAS aims to help young sports men and women living in the South West carve out long and rewarding careers in sport by providing access to talent development programs and specialist support programs in the region.