The area of development that emerged from Kerwin’s completion of the Surge Assessment Tool was Self-Management. “This made sense to me and I am trying to be more confident in training sessions. On a bad day I need to return to my ‘why’. ” “Progression vs Confidence emerged from the assessment and I am building confidence and focusing on the controllables.” “I don’t give myself credit for my achievements, I always credit others on my team, but at the end of the day, I am the guy on the field.”
The areas of development that emerged from Mpumi’s completion of the Surge Assessment Tool were problem-solving and management of beliefs. “The importance of this tool is that it gives the entire coaching team insight into the athlete’s psychological and emotional landscape.” “Related to the issue of management of beliefs, my coach is now starting off each of our coaching sessions with me expressing anything that’s going on in my life, and what I have control of. I lay down my external challenges and my coach changes the session accordingly.”
The Surge team survey provided the players an opportunity to voice their opinions and speak freely for the betterment of the team. This is a great tool to help us understand team culture and engagement which empowers players and allows them to feel that they have contributed to the direction of the program. They feel their commitment to the team is then prioritized.
The area of development that emerged from Louzanne’s completion of the Surge Assessment Tool was personal costs, which gives light to individual commitment; navigation of psychological pressure & stress; innovation; individual empowerment; self-worth & value She felt most challenged by boundaries, conflict management, past memories holding her back, and stress/pressure management. It emerged that she pressurises herself and causes her own anxiety. “I was not surprised by what emerged from the Surge Assessment Tool, as I have been working in this area with my high-performance mental coach,” said Coetzee. “Saying no is difficult and this was affirmed. It’s an area that I want to work on.” “Memories are a trigger for my performance, so my current coach is letting me run, irrespective of my times. The pressure is off and I can run freely.”
The area of development that emerged from Brandon’s completion of the Surge Assessment Tool was Personal Vision. “The results of the Surge self-assessment resonated with me. I’m an emotional individual, I lead with my heart and am influenced by my emotions. I can’t perform at my best if I’m emotionally distracted.” “I have the tendency to dwell on uncontrollables, which dampen my vision and affect my performance.” “I had a strong vision for the 2020 Paralympics in Japan and then Covid19 happened and I was hit hard, it affected my training, as I couldn’t do any track training for seven months. I had to find new forms of training on my own and at home. I was affected psychologically and emotionally.” “Since engaging with the Surge tool, I have been engaging with healthy habits – waking earlier, arriving at training 15-30 minutes early to get into the right frame of mind, I have been feeling productive and optimising my time.” “It was very important that my coach attended the feedback session with me, I would recommend this for all athletes. I verbalised what I was struggling with and my coach is aware of my emotional and psychological challenges and can support me.” “Now before a training session, we discuss anything that’s worrying me and lay aside what I have no control over.” “After my accident, I made a commitment to live 100% independently, and I can now do everything for myself, which I’m so pleased about.”