Gymnastics is the leadership sport. While learning cool skills and developing our bodies often play a major part of why we choose gymnastics for our kids, the skills learnt go beyond gymnastics. At Jets Gymnastics a key success driver is leadership and many of our greatest leaders including coaches and our management team have been through our gymnastics programs. So how do we make leaders through gymnastics?
1. Gymnastics is a perseverance sport
Unlike most sports, in gymnastics you could be tackling to perfect a skill for years and years before it is achieved. Skills such as glide kip on uneven bars and tumbles including flips/saltos take a great amount of persistence before they’re under any gymnast’s belt!
Every time a gymnast falls, they have to get back up and try again, teaching resilience.
2. We overcome failure
Like in life, you can’t always win in gymnastics. Sometimes you have to lose and experience the feeling of having lost, move forward and own it. This in itself, is so much more valuable than winning. Gymnasts are taught to bounce back from failure.
We find success in overcoming our failures.
3. They conquer fears
Everyone gets scared, everyone has fears. Gymnastics teaches how to overcome these feelings, learning new skills one step at a time. Later in life, you will continue to be fearless and bold, with a can-do confident attitude.
We overcome fear by breaking down small barriers!
4. Teaches how to manage pressure and competition
If you are preparing for competitions or to achieve a new skill or level, sometimes you can feel an added pressure to perform well. Pressure is a normal feeling in life and a little pressure is actually known to boost your adrenaline, giving you power and energy in your gymnastics.
Learning how to deal with pressure and use it to your advantage, rather than letting it bring out the nerves makes powerful people.
5. Learn the importance of goal setting
Gymnastics encourages goal setting from a very young age, whether it is to learn a cartwheel, or to make the Victorian Team. The practice of setting a goal, taking steps towards it and striving to achieve it, is a life lesson that extends beyond the gymnasium.
If you set small goals and work at them every day you can eventually achieve a dream!
6. Encourages mental discipline
Focusing on a set activity, skill or goal is key in gymnastics. This mental training is extremely beneficial and transferable to tasks in everyday life. A gymnast’s concentration levels are often the highest!
The mind is just as powerful as the body, when we learn to control both we are unstoppable!
7. Drives dedication and commitment
Did you know there are gymnasts in the Jets Gymnastics High Performance Program who live over an hour away and train 30 hours a week? These gymnasts hardly ever miss a training session and are always on time – even at 7am in the morning…despite the distance!
Attending regular training sessions teaches commitment and time management skills.
8. Builds team orientation and social skills
Aside from the basic social kills, such as learning how to take turns and share equipment, gymnasts often work together, forming great friendships. A leader is someone who inspires and develops people around them. At gymnastics we support each other to learn, we go through highs of achieving, lows of overcoming failure and fears and most of all we inspire and support each other to be our best. Gymnastics is said to build life-long friendships.
Gymnastics is not just about yourself its about working with and supporting others.