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Young athletes exposed to Life Skills Training

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A NUMBER of Tobago’s young athletes recently benefited from a comprehensive Life Skills Training Workshop which ran from Monday April 8th to 10th, 2019 at the Victor E. Bruce Financial Complex in Scarborough. The programme hosted by the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs gave the athletes a greater understanding of self and provided them with tools to create actionable plans for the future.

The holistic training sensitised the athletes to topics such as: personal identity, communication, goal setting, employment skills, financial management and entrepreneurship.

Accomplished swimmer and member of the Aqua Warriors Swim Club Ornella Walker, 18, described the experience as both “educational” and “enjoyable”. She added, “We learnt many things about personality traits, financial things to go through, how it can affect us as student athletes, loans; how we can take them, going about resume writing and how we can proceed as student athletes getting jobs.”

Facilitator Lisa Beckles shared on what she wanted the athletes to take away, “The overall aim was to provide the athletes with information on critical areas that can affect their life outcome. I would want them to leave with the understanding that they have all the resources just like anyone else that they see at large on the world scale, and that they can achieve anything that they desire.”