Recruiting consultant Bill Green, right, is pictured with student athletes from the Comox Valley. From left: Abigail Rigsby, Sarah McKillican, Kolten Almgren, Olivia Sellentin, Ronnie Postnikoff and Thomas Green. File photo

Program helps athletes, dancers, performers reach higher level

Far too many student athletes, dancers and performers miss out on the opportunity to perform at the highest level because they don’t know how to prepare themselves to be promoted properly.

Demanding school workloads combined with heavy training and competition schedules make it difficult to keep pace and fulfill dreams. Combine this with the fact that the recruiting and promotion process can be a mystery, it’s no wonder that so many miss out.

School District 71 and Navigate ( NIDES ) School, one of B.C.’s premier online learning schools, have joined forces with Bill Green and Triple Play Athletics to offer collaborative team support for busy student athletes, dancers and performers. The partnership has had an outstanding impact on the success rate of dedicated students advancing to the next level, be it through college and university athletic scholarships, or entrance into prestigious performing arts schools.

This success is due to a two-pronged approach that combines the GET THERE family workshop and the NIDES Performance Athlete Custom Education (PACE) program. Through the GET THERE workshop, athletes and performers develop customized, detailed action plans to prepare themselves academically, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Too often, these students leave their futures to chance or put their futures in the hands of coaches and instructors who are too busy to provide the required individualized support. The workshop provides students and parents with a blueprint of action that they need to pursue their dreams at the highest level.

The PACE Program recognizes that busy student athletes, dancers and performers require flexibility and creativity in their academic programs. PACE courses are free, Ministry of Education online courses catered to the needs and passions of high-performing students. PACE offers highly engaging, self paced, online courses to help students focus on their passions, and develop time management, self-discipline and technology skills. PACE courses can be used to replace mandatory and elective courses required for graduation.

PACE and TRIPLE PLAY ATHLETICS are hosting an information session at Mark Isfeld Secondary on Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. in Room 100. Parents and student athletes of all sports, and dancers and performers from Grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend.

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