The TransAlta Tri-Leisure Centre is a place for people to exercise, play a sport or two and now, young people there can learn from an Olympian.
This weekend, Spruce Grove resident and accomplished soccer player Stephanie Labbé will host a workshop which gives those who sign up advice on how to harness their mental game in addition to their physical skills. In a press release sent out before the event, Labbé touted the event’s importance.
“I am extremely excited for this,” the national team’s goalkeeper said. “Each athlete will have their own unique experience working with both myself and their peers. I will feel inspired [when] the athletes walk away feeling more confident … if they put the work in towards having the mindset of a pro.”
Labbé, who is currently the keeper for Swedish club team Linköpings FC, has been in partnership with TLC for the last couple of years. Once a year she comes in and speaks to local athletes and splits money made from her workshops with the centre.
She gets about half for her in-development excellence fund for regional athletes who need aid to develop their skills and the centre then takes the rest for their operations.
According to the centre’s marketing and communications coordinator Candace Westeroth, it is a good opportunity for the community at large.
“Stephanie has done work on her own mental game,” Westeroth said. “This is a good resource for kids or younger athletes who have got the skill and just need to put together their mental game. This will unlock potential and really it is a good opportunity. I am excited by the offer.”
Reached on Nov. 15, Labbé echoed the sentiment, saying she wants younger players to look beyond the physical.
“I think it is the fact for kids to realize there is so much more to sport than just going out, running around, kicking a ball or passing a puck,” she said. “I want these kids to see coming out of this they can build so much within themselves using sport as a platform. We’ll talk confidence and mindfulness.”
Labbé’s “Mindset of a Pro: Mastering Your Mental Game to Unlock Your Potential” workshop will be held on Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. It is open to anyone 10 and older. For more information and to see group rates, check out trileisure.com.