Athlete Development Workshops

The Athlete Development Workshop Series is open to all UTM students, particularly to students that identify as athletes. Participants in the Athlete Development program gain hands-on skills that enhance their academic performance and personal growth as they balance being both a student and an athlete. Students who attend three or more workshops can earn CCR validation.

Mental Preparation for Optimum Performance

Athlete Development Workshop with Natascha Wesch (Mental Performance Consultant)

Our last workshop took place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. in IB 150

Mental Preparation is critical to optimum physical performance. In this workshop, athletes will learn tools and strategies to enhance mental preparation in order to get more out of training and maximize competition performance. Imagery, the super-hero of visualization will be the focus; however, other mental skills such as self-talk will also be addressed. By the end of the two-hour workshop, athletes will be able to put together a mental game plan for competition.

About Natascha Wesch

Natascha Wesch is a Mental Performance Consultant registered with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Natascha specializes in Mental Performance Training and Consulting and works with athletes and performing artists of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, Natascha is a professional member with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). A former international rugby player, varsity hockey player and competitive gymnast, Natascha understands first-hand the qualities, characteristics and mental skills required for peak performance.

Ideas for Future Workshops

If you have ideas or topics you would like to see covered in the Athlete Development Workshops, please send your suggestions to