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May 6, 2021

Australian University Sports Pilots Program

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Australian University Sports (AUS) piloted a personal development program aimed at improving leadership skills in team coaches and captains in PNG last Saturday.

AUS National Programs Manager, Donna Spethman, hosted the Be The Influence (BTI) program designed to provide participants with tools and knowledge to be exactly as the name suggests amongst their peers.

The workshop encouraged students and people who are in leadership roles to become stronger leaders and understand their leadership skills and their personal brand, and what makes them successful in the leadership role.

Spethman it was the first time to run the workshop in PNG and out of Australia, and it’s always exciting to see the participants embracing new ideas and eager to learn more and taking away those skills.

Being a regular visitor, Spethman has bigger aims to run the BTI program across all universities in Papua New Guinea, and to also run other workshops around event management.

The event management specialist who organises some of the largest participation events such as the Australian Uni Games, said students playing sport in university is very important for their healthy body and healthy mind.

Spethman highlighted the importance of athletes’ wellbeing, students even playing participation sports, social sports,  but then also something such as the PNG Uni Games, enabling them to represent their universities.

It can also be a talent pathway because attending the PNG Uni Games could mean that you may have an opportunity to expand on your sporting ability, and also have the opportunity to represent PNG at the World University Games.

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