Reflections on Resilience – Bruno Ferguson

Seeing athletes on the television, at the Olympics for example, we assume that they train as hard as they can as much as possible, and are the fittest they can be, performing at their peaks. But what we don’t think about is the metal side of the training, and how much the athletes are having to endure, not just physically, but mentally also. At the generously provided seminar put on by the S4S team, a speaker, Greig, talked to us about resilience and introduced us to the concept of resilience and how it impacts our training and sport life, but also our personal lives. Training and having goals in your life and/or sports helps to build that resilience and makes you a stronger person, as having a certain goal to work towards, and being proactive about trying to achieve that goal will help grow the drive you have as a person and help build your resilience, as keeping up the intensity of the training is hard thing to do, especially if you are a busy bee.

The concept of resilience also applies to any injuries that may occur in your line of sport. I know many fencers who have had bad knees or wrists. Two of which, switched from fencing right-handed to fencing left-handed, proving their resilience in the sport. This kind of strength and dedication is hard to learn, it comes from years of passion for the sport and commitment to striving to be the best they can be. That is what resilience in sport means to me as a whole, it means that you love what you do so much that you can overcome obstacles like injuries so that you can still do what you love.

Resilience in my life is the overcoming of the obstacles that get in the way of my training. For example, the clubrooms are in the Hutt Valley and to drive out there twice a week is tedious, especially if the week is stressful or I’m feeling tired and not wanting to train that night. Still putting the effort in and making it there on time, and still training hard towards my goals is resilience in itself for me. Pushing yourself to better yourself and strive to be better is a great way to build resilience, not only physically, but mentally too. One night you may want to learn a new move, but doubt yourself, telling yourself that you couldn’t do it, or that you’d be terrible, but actually learning it, get better at it and start to believe in your capabilities more is a great way to build your mental resilience and strengthen your mindset on your performance and set your goals maybe that little bit higher.

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