The Girls Workshop was recently held in Gauteng, at the Le Chateau Guest House in Kempton Park, Gauteng.
Twelve young ladies, between the ages of 13 and 17, were hand-picked by their disciplines to attend this workshop where they were provided with some of the life skills necessary to cope with the demands of high performance participation.
The Facilitators, Penni Cox and Roxy Garvey, a Counselling Psychologist and an Occupational Therapist respectively, are both are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Both ladies have worked with members of the SAGF prior to this Workshop and understand the rigors of gymnastics training at the highest level.
An opportunity was provided for each young lady to reflect on the issues she faces daily (victories and struggles) and to learn important life skills which will assist her to cope when dealing these issues. Emphasis was placed on how to deal with stress and various coping techniques were shown to the girls.
Problem solving and team building exercises ensured that the girls worked on their interpersonal skills and helped the girls to get to know one another whilst learning about the different gymnastic disciplines within SAGF.
The weekend was a great success with all the girls leaving the workshop armed with newly acquired life skills and the knowledge that they have the support of their peers, as well as the Federation.
A vote of thanks is extended to SRSA for funding the event, Ernest Shupinyaneng for arranging the logistics and to Penni and Roxy for so capably running the workshop for our young ladies.