Acquiring an Olympian mindset may make all the difference in coping with many of life’s challenges including the ongoing global pandemic.
Eloise Wellings, Olympic Athlete and Charity Founder and Rory Darkins, Psychology Researcher and High-Performance Coach teamed up to deliver a presentation to our Year 11 students on the topic, An Olympian’s Guide to Positive Psychology. The presentation by the duo is designed to equip students with the practical mental skills of resilience and optimism that enable them to move forwards with a renewed sense of purpose, clarity and hope.
Eloise’s story is a powerful one of resilience and perseverance. Despite qualifying for the Olympics at 16 years of age, she missed three Olympics due to injury before finally lining up to compete injury free at the London Olympics in 2012. She then went on to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018. She is now preparing for trials for the Tokyo Olympics. Eloise acknowledges her faith in Jesus has given her the strength to keep persevering despite the setbacks. It has also led her to establish a charity, the Love Mercy Foundation, with a goal of empowering communities through sustainable programs in Northern Uganda after a chance meeting with fellow athlete, Ugandan Olympian, Julius Achon.
Eloise’s presentation was interspersed with insights from Rory on the science behind acquiring a positive mindset and how students can transfer Eloise’s learning to their own experiences.
It was indeed a positive experience for all involved to learn from these two extraordinary people.