Specialist Sports students gained some important insights into goalsetting on Monday when professional athlete Christie Jenkins led them in their first Life Skills session for 2017.

Having begun her sporting career as an international level trampoline athlete, Christie now has her sights set on an Olympic medal in Beach Volleyball, and also competes in Crossfit.

She was an ideal person to talk to our students about finding the balance between study and sport, having been dux of Firbank Grammar in 2005 with a near perfect ATAR, while also training for her sport at the highest level.

Jenkins encouraged students to see the balance between Motivation and Strategy in setting goals for both their studies and sport. The workshop covered everything from day-to-day motivation, rewards and accountability, deadlines, and the people who help us reach our goals.

“One small win leads to another,” she said. “The more little wins along the way, the more motivated you’ll be.”

She also gave some great advice about studying smarter rather than harder, including her own experiences in VCE English. “Your strategy needs to be one that works for YOU,” she stressed. “How you study is much more important than how much you study.”