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West Coast hosts 100th Eagle Insight workshop of 2019

West Coast Fever player Ingrid Colyer puts Governor Stirling SHS students through their paces

West Coast's Community & Game Development team delivered its 100th Eagle Insight workshop of the year at Ocean Reef Senior High School last week.

Schools & Community Officers Zac Fitzgerald and Ingrid Colyer presented to Year 10 students on the topic of Injury Management & Prevention, with Colyer drawing on her knowledge and experience as a professional netballer with the West Coast Fever.

Students were exposed to elite practices throughout the lesson, with an added focus on integrating strengthening exercises into their training sessions to help prevent long-term injuries.

The session culminated a series of three workshops at the school that had an overarching focus on training for elite performance, including nutrition, hydration, injury management and recovery.

Initiated in 2013, the Eagle Insight program is specifically designed to help teachers reach educational outcomes by aligning elements of elite practices to school-based curriculums.

The workshops, delivered by qualified teachers within the Community & Game Development department, allow teachers to choose from a range of topics that complement their students’ learning, including leadership and culture; goal setting and resilience; cyber awareness; training for elite performance; and employment in the sporting Industry.

This year, the program has been more popular than ever, reaching this significant milestone of 100 workshops only part way through Term 3 of the school year.

Schools & Community Officer Zac Fitzgerald has overseen the growth and evolution of the program for the past 18 months.

“The program continues to grow with teachers finding it as a great resource to link the curriculum with an elite environment,” Fitzgerald said.

“The ability to utilise our AFL, AFLW and West Coast Fever players within the program has provided a great insight into how elite standards are set and maintained, and has really motivated students to achieve desired outcomes.”

Complementing the metropolitan delivery of the program, the team have delivered Eagle Insight workshops in the Pilbara, South West, Great Southern, Kimberley and Goldfields regions throughout the year, traveling a total of 14,948 kms to reach schools and students across the state.