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The benefits of exposing young athletes to National and Olympic level athletes.
Exposure to role models can have a positive impact on young athletes for several reasons:
Inspiration: Role models can inspire young athletes to set high goals and work towards achieving them. Seeing someone they admire succeed can motivate young athletes to strive for excellence in their own athletic pursuits.
Positive reinforcement: Role models can provide positive reinforcement and encouragement to young athletes. This can help boost their confidence and self-esteem, which can in turn improve their athletic performance.
Learning opportunities: Young athletes can learn valuable skills and techniques from observing their role models. They can also learn about the work ethic, discipline, and mental toughness that is required to succeed in their sport.
Positive behavior modeling: Role models can serve as positive behavior models for young athletes. Seeing how their role models conduct themselves on and off the field can teach young athletes important values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for others.
Increased motivation: Seeing their role models succeed can increase young athletes' motivation to work hard and achieve their own goals. This can help them stay focused and committed to their sport, even when faced with challenges or setbacks.
As Dan Coyle, Author of the Talent Code, has pointed out, part of the formula for achieving greatness in a sport is being exposed to someone who has already achieved it. By providing access to Olympians, Shantel and Josh Davis have given young swimmers a glimpse of what their future selves could look like, and that can be a powerful motivator.
It's no wonder that the sport of swimming continues to grow and produce some of the most amazing swimmers in the world. Josh and other decorated swimmers are casting a vision for what a "future-self" could look like, and it's inspiring to see the impact they are having on the next generation of athletes.