Being an athlete in the Athlete Development Program (ADP) of ESS Performance, coming to the gym, getting stronger and attempting to be a better Athlete is not the only reason you attend. I would like to think there is a bigger purpose to our program than athletic development, and there is. prepared for the next chapter when for instance, you get injured, you lose interest or you no longer can keep up with the level required.
Sport is great! It teaches you things that you are not really aware of at the time because you are so focused on kicking/or shooting the ball more accurately, the skill acquisition components of your sport. But there is massive crossover into the ‘real’ world in so many ways on other skills. For example, hard work, effort, commitment, sacrifice, communication, team work, integrity, professionalism are all things you learn about in sport. These character traits are just as valid and required when applying for a job, working with a company, or ensuring you are getting to work on time. So next time you wonder “Why do I have to fill out my program?”, ”Why are the coaches making me do that?”, “Why is Jenni so hard on me about being on time?” “Why does Jenni make me clean up?” Maybe just maybe, she and the other Coaches see the bigger picture and it’s not so much about the actual task in that moment but rather providing you with a platform to develop character traits that are going to make you excel in the next chapter of you Book of Life.
Jenni joined ESS with a wealth of experience as a professional athlete having won a silver and bronze medal at two Olympic Games In 2008 and 2012 respectively. As part of one of the most successful sporting programs in Australian history, Women’s basketball, better known as “The Opals”. In 2006 Jenni was also a member of the same team that won the first senior World Championship for Australia. She has played professionally for 14 years both in Australia and abroad in Italy and in that time has amassed over 400 games at professional level.Throughout her impressive professional sporting career, Jenni continued her educational pursuits and in 2013 completed her Masters in Strength And Conditioning and Is currently undertaking her Masters in Exercise Physiology.