Athletes on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme have continued their education in PyeongChang on what it take to be a successful elite athlete.
On Wednesday, they spent time watching Biathlon sprint events and Alpine skiing, seeing how the athletes were able to perform under pressure. To compliment observing the sports, the group worked on developing “Team Me” to identify their personal support networks and how to develop the relationships within them.
They also did some work to understand their different personality types and how they can most effectively communicate with others, as well as offering and receiving feedback.
The group was excited to attend the medal ceremony that evening and chatted with ski race team Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe, who had just been awarded their second medal of the week. It was inspiring to see Menna and Jen holding their medals, surrounded by family and friends.
On Thursday the cohort was generously invited and brilliantly hosted by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) to look around the Athletes’ Village. The group got to see where Paralympians sleep, eat, rest and understand how the BPA and Paralympics GB’s support team operates. The group also did a workshop about performing under pressure.
A massive highlight for the group was a Q&A with Help for Heroes-supported Paralympians Scott Meenagh and Dave Henson. Scott, who is currently competing in Para-Nordic skiing, and Dave, the PiP Ambassador for PyeongChang, answered questions about their own journeys to becoming elite athletes and how they managed the unique pressures associated with a Paralympic Games.
Mike Roberts, a coach taking part in PiP said: “It was great to chat with Scott Meenagh’s coach in the Athletes’ Village, Si Allanson, as we have similar relationships with our athletes and we both have military sporting backgrounds. I’m keen to learn as much as I can from his experience of coaching in an elite sporting environment.”
Finally, the athletes finished the day by watching Paralympics GB compete in the Wheelchair Curling.
“Although it was disappointing to see Paralympics GB lose out in the Curling, I learned about how pressure can impact on the team and their performance. I’m still really proud of their achievements,” said Wheelchair Curling athlete John Doyle.
PiP is a partnership between Help for Heroes and the British Paralympic Association, aiming to inspire and motivate the next generation of Paralympians.
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