Lydia Lassila

Australian Winter Olympics gold medallist Lydia Lassila was one of Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership’s guest lecturers.

An aerial skier, Lassila, who won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, imparted her knowledge to students in May.

Lassila took students through a range of movement and mobility exercises, that each featured precision and control.

She then went through a range of visualization and meditation techniques and activities which many students have been using since this session.

Richmond’s Head of Education and Training, Damien Villarosa, said it provided a unique opportunity for students to learn from a world-class athlete.

“It isn’t every day that you have the opportunity to learn from an Olympic athlete, let alone one who has won a gold medal,” Villarosa said.

“Lydia’s story contains so many key elements that relate to the Athlete Preparation section of our program, which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

“During the lecture format, she touched on what being an athlete means to her, goal setting, managing and recovering from injuries, high performance mental skills, nutrition and drugs in sport.

“The students were then taken through a practical physical activity session that was quite different from what they expected.

“Activities involving breathing techniques and visualization ensured the full spectrum of Lydia’s skills were past on each student.”

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