WMSC Teamship Values: Excellence in Effort

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club on Mar 31 2019 at 10:21AM PDT in 2020-2021 Season

Excellence in Effort
Teamship Values – Excellence in Effort

We are now at the end of March, and many of our athletes are in the middle of a big race block, with U12s at Sun Peaks, U16s in Apex for the last of their provincial series and FIS split between Apex FIS races and the National Championships in Quebec. While the season winds down for our World Cup athletes, the younger athletes, who start their season later, are still working hard with our U14/U16 athletes building up to Whistler Cup & our U18 athletes preparing for the Spring Series.

The effort that it takes from each athlete to perform at their best is enormous. It starts in the off-season & requires each individual to keep pushing through to the end of the season. This effort is rewarded with individual successes, but the primary reward is the sense of accomplishment and the joy of ‘the journey’. It’s timely then to look at the elements of the effort our athletes have put in over the season.

We Excel in Effort: Effort is synonymous with the WMSC. The Club exists to support the team and enable personal best performance of every athlete.
• We uphold the high standard: We act in the image of and uphold the standards of a Champion in Life & in Sport.
It takes constant effort to uphold the high standards. To constantly strive to make the choices that align with the behaviour that will lead us to achieve our personal best.

We are engaged: We stay engaged and concentrated on our collective Vision & Mission. We recognize that it is a privilege that comes with personal responsibilities to be part of WMSC.

Our vision of Developing Champions in Life & in Sport requires continual focus to stay on track and effort to keep trying, to get up from every failure and try again with a different approach. To confront the challenge of being a Champion requires laser focus and grit to challenge the barriers that need to be broken through.

We are sporting: We act in a sporting manner and supporting all athletes, coaches and officials of our sport and are respectful of the rules.

The effort that all athletes, coaches and officials put into the sport is enormous. It is easy to believe that things are against us when we are beaten by another athlete, or team, or to have a rule work against us. However these moments are valuable, they merit respect and offer great motivation & learning if we can have a sporting attitude to accept our responsibilities, roles and how we can improve.

We are positive: We approach all events, including training sessions and competitions, with a positive attitude.

If we always stuck to what we do best, or what was the most fun, then our possibilities would not grow. It is often the tasks or events that we find the most challenging that are the hardest to get motivated for, however it is often standing tall and accepting this challenge with a positive attitude when we really show ourselves what we are made of, and ultimately they become the best experiences that we look back on with great pride.

We are focused: We live in the moment. We are focused on each moment and are not distracted by social media, e-mails, messages or telephone calls.

In this generation of social media and electronics it takes great effort to leave them until we have finished what we are doing. To keep electronics out of sight, and out of mind for the entire duration of a task allows time to think clearly about what we are doing and to maximise the moment. To put phones away and engage with our team-mates, athletes & coaches takes great effort in the form of self-discipline and management.

We are open: We inform the relevant people of any information or issues that may be relevant including any medical, physical or emotional information.

This may be an individual sport, however we all play different roles in the team. Each individual striving to be the best version of themselves and all working towards enabling our athletes’ best performances. It is absolutely critical for the team to know about any specific challenges so that the relevant members of the team can work together to overcome them.

It is an honour to be a part of this team and to be associated with so many great people who continually strive for Excellence in Effort.

Best regards,

Mark Tilston
Whistler Mountain Ski Club


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