The Courageous Competitor is a youth-focused initiative with some very straight-forward goals:
How'd this initiative come about?
After completing an Anti-Bullying project with NZ Rugby League, Te Punanga Haumaru & The Ministry of Youth Development a couple of years back, one of the interesting themes from the feedback, that was regularly mentioned by the children, adults and other respondents who completed a personal survey, was to do with effort.
Effort you may ask; what's the issue here?
This related to situations where someone is genuinely trying their best, putting in real effort, showing determination or actually succeeding at a variety of tasks. All sounds fine so far, right? However, many talked of being singled out or shamed, called names like "try-hard" or "wannabe", made fun of or even bullied, all because they were giving it their all, and someone else (or a group of others) potentially felt threatened or wanted to bring that person back into line (i.e. tall-poppy effect in action). This can happen across a number of everyday settings, including sport/recreation situations, school, personal / professional life etc. and is definitely not isolated to young people.
And while we may assume (maybe blindly hope?), this probably isn't the norm across wider society, these types of behaviours and attitudes can often be observed to varying degrees everyday. It's just that we may under play it, laugh it off or not see it for what it is.
Where do we start?
So, how do we equip and support our young people so they're confident, able and are definitely never put off from being their best; while also helping them develop as a "competitor" across life?
The Courageous Competitor Initiative is built around ten key attributes that form a well-rounded, resilient and outwardly-aware individual. These attributes have also been developed in conjunction with the initiatives symbol - The Honey Badger.
Well renowned for their mental & physical strength, toughness and never quit attitude (despite their comparably small size), the Honey Badger also earned the honour of "worlds most fearless animal", which is officially recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records.
I couldn't think of a better symbol to represent what this initiative is all about, the tenacity and stubbornness it will take to achieve, and the strong, relentless characteristics all young people can strive for, in order to become a lifelong Courageous Competitor.
Below are the ten attributes that underpin everything the Courageous Competitor Initiative is about.
There are various options available for delivery and involvement with the Courageous Competitor Initiative, all of which offer different levels of engagement:
Fun and entertaining way to introduce the initiative. Can be presented per classroom, junior/senior split or to the whole school.
Step up from the presentation, the student workshops provide deeper engagement into the key attributes and other content of the initiative. Can be customised to suit the schools needs, current curriculum and time-frames (e.g. one session per week for four weeks etc.).
A brief, fun and age-appropriate program delivered online, through a closed group. Great for parents/guardians who want to up-skill and develop their children in a safe setting. Parents & children can also complete it together.
Are you involved in sport, recreation or other similar team/group setting, and want to provide an award with true meaning and bite? The Courageous Competitor Recognition Award is what you need. It's a great way to recognise a player or group member who has demonstrated some of the key attributes, both on and off the field, court or whatever the setting is. Pictures of the winners can also be posted on The Performance Instigator social media channels for further recognition.
Got some other requirements or specific needs, and would like something a little more customised? Get in contact now and let's discuss it.
Got more questions? Keen to get your young person underway? Wanting to get your school involved?
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