More than medals – turning athletes into future leaders

08 August 2017

An upcoming UC Connect public lecture by a visiting Canterbury Fellow will focus on how athletes can develop and adapt and, as a result, have the potential to be future leaders.

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    Visiting the University of Canterbury as a 2017 Canterbury Fellow, Professor David Lavallee is Head of the School of Sport at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Athletes are an exceptional population as they need to maintain a wide range of skills, attitudes and capabilities across different domains while competing in competitions.  Many successful athletes are also notable for their ability to either develop additional skills, or acquire a new skill set replacing the original, and subsequently apply them at the top level of performance. While the characteristics required for learning new skills are not unique to athletes, their focus on a very precise skill set, coupled with their ability to transfer performance of high standards in one domain into new activities by being goal-focused, motivated and confident in their abilities, makes them a useful model for the wider population.

This presentation will focus on how athletes can develop and adapt into fundamentally different and increasingly complex roles and environments and, as a result, have the potential to be future leaders and influencers in businesses and the community.

Visiting the University of Canterbury as a 2017 Canterbury Fellow, David Lavallee is a Professor and Head of the School of Sport at the University of Stirling, Scotland. A central focus of his research is on the transitions experienced by athletes across their career in order to better understand how skills are learned, developed, applied, maintained and adapted. His research aims to contribute to more responsible support systems by focusing on the duty of care for participants in sport.

Professor Lavallee is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Western Australia. He has published 10 books and 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been invited to present his research in 18 countries. His esteem has been recognised by the award of Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Academy for Social Sciences and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (the first ever at a Scottish higher education institution). This UC Connect lecture is also the 2017 Annual UC Sports Lecture.

UC Connect public lecture: More than medals – turning athletes into future leaders Professor David Lavallee, University of Scotland, 7pm on Wednesday 9 August at the University of Canterbury.

Register to attend at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucconnect

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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