ICC to help deliver Athlete Career Education program

first_imgICC East Asia Pacific Development Manager Kieran McMillian is working with Richard Ora, HP Athlete Career Education Coordinator and HP Director Aaron Alsop to host an ACE Workshop with the athletes of PNG, including some ICC cricket specific content for PNG Cricket.ICC approached HP to partner with them to support and deliver the education programs as part of the requirements of their development programs.In addition it will present an opportunity to have the visiting guest speakers present a workshop which will theme topics such as Career Education, Personal Development and Life Skills.HP Director Alsop is also grateful for the guest speakers offering to conduct a range of capacity building and professional development with the staff to complement existing programs and education curriculum.McMillan said that the ICC sees great potential for PNG to have an impact on the world cricket stage.“As part of our efforts to support Cricket PNG’s continued growth, we are excited to be working with the High Performance Sport team of PNGSF and using the expertise within the Australian and NZ cricket industries to develop quality education and welfare programs for PNG’s elite cricketers and athletes from other sports.  These programs will provide players with the support they need to develop a broader range of skills and lead balanced lives – which can only enhance their on-field performance,” McMillan said.The open ACE workshop is for any provincial or national squad athlete from any sport and will be held at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre on Tuesday July 26 from 5-6.30pm.Entry is free for the first 100 athletes.One of the guest speakers, Sanj Silva is a former first-class cricketer in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. After his playing career ended in 2001 he moved into the banking industry, holding senior management positions with ANZ and Westpac. For the last four years he has worked as the National Personal Development Manager for the NZ Cricket Players Association (NZCPA), overseeing programs that support current and former professional cricketers find the appropriate life balance and develop a broader range of non-cricket skills.Silva’s presentation theme on “Better People Make Better Athletes” is about finding the right life balance to enhance performance during an athlete’s career and allowing the transition into a successful new career once they retire.Silva’s presentation will focus on three key areas;Personal Development – building your personal brand and ‘soft skills’,Risk Management – managing the personal stresses of elite sport; andCareer Transitioning – setting yourself up for a successful and satisfying career post-sport.last_img

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