New Workshop Series to Inspire Student Athletes at Flinders

Inspiring pep-talks with ironwoman Jordan Mercer, a branding session with radio co-host Ash Gierke of HOT 91.1 FM, and insights on ‘study and play’ scholarships in America are all workshops on offer to student athletes at Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

Offered through the Flinders Elite Athlete Program (FEAP), the workshop program is designed to equip students in the Secondary School from Years 7 to 12 with skills and strategies that enable them to achieve their sporting and academic goals and boost their wellbeing. 

Last year’s workshop guests included four-time Olympian rower and medallist Bo Hanson and Flinders alumni World Surf League competitor Keely Andrew (Class of 2012), nutritionist Megan Bray (Class of 2008) and Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist, 2012 Olympian and three-time Commonwealth Games athlete Tessa Wallace (Class of 2010). 

From the Flinders Elite Athlete Program Director

FEAP Director Lauren Nourse said the program was in its second year of empowering young athletes by teaching them strategies to juggle all aspects of their busy lives in an organised and proactive manner and with a healthy mindset.

Lauren said, “As a former elite athlete in the sport of netball, I am aware of the need for a healthy life balance in order to excel and perform to the highest possible standard.

“I am passionate in ensuring our next breed of high-achieving athletes have the necessary skills and opportunities to maximise their potential in their chosen sport and in their education, while thriving in their personal lives,” she said.

“We have some exciting workshops planned in 2022 to help our FEAP athletes learn from professional sportspeople and consider and plan their sporting goals and careers beyond graduation.”

The FEAP 2022 Workshop Series

The first workshop, Study and Play USA, informed students about some of the sought-after opportunities to study and play sports in America through college scholarships. 

FEAP athletes today participated in a workshop with the Sunshine Coast’s Jordan Mercer, a Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Champion who has seven M2O World Paddle Titles and 10 ISA World Paddle Board Golds. Jordan shared with Flinders students the strategies she relies upon to achieve in sport and life, and the power of a positive mindset to overcome injury and setbacks.

Over the coming weeks, students will also hear from radio host Ash Gierke who has been a swimmer for more than 15 years with participation at numerous World Cups, Australian titles and international events to her name. Ash will visit the Flinders campus to help student athletes define their personal brand and vision, and learn the value in creating an authentic profile through a sporting career. 

Learn more about the Flinders Elite Athlete Program

To learn more about FEAP, please visit the dedicated page on our website here.

Image caption: Far left, Guest presenter ironwoman Jordan Mercer and far right, Flinders Elite Athlete Program Director Lauren Nourse with student athletes at the FEAP workshop

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