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Build your olympic self intro
Build Your Olympian: Build YourselfA Self Improvement Challenge
Who Competes in the Olympics?How many nations participate in the Olympics?
Activity: ‘Say Something’ about the OlympicsActivity: With a partner go through the following steps andhave a quick conversation about the Olympics.1. Partner A - share a meaningful connection that you have about theOlympics: a particular athlete, an event you saw, your favourite event2. Partner B - share a question that youhave about an athlete, a result or anevent from the Olympics3. Partner A - share a reaction to thequestion posed4. Partner B - say “something” back
Who Competes in the Olympics?From the 27th of July 2012 204countries sent more than10,000 athletes to compete in300 events.Men, women, able bodiedathletes and para-athletes, evenpregnant women, were part ofthe Olympics in London 2012
How did these athletes get to the Olympics? What separates Olympic athletes from other athletes? Who rises to the top? Who helps them get there? What do you think?
What makes an Olympian?In small groups at tables fill in the blanks with the handout provided.
SHARE your group’s findings with the class. Share your ideas about: what makes a great Olympian? the roles of the coach? what do you think are the most important aspects of being a great athlete?
What do you know about what makes an Olympian?Strengths and Skills? What does an athlete’s day look like?Emotional and What makes amental attitudes? great coach? What’s their role?
Physical CharacterWhat makes Traits: Physically fit, strength, great reactionan Olympian? times, high skills Daily Routines: training, hard work, diet, sleep Great coaching: guides, supports and teaches athletes Emotional and Mental Attitudes: Willing to fail, Desire to win, loves competition, very disciplined.
1. My Race My Way During this unit you will get to focus on a specific personal character trait that you want to improve Identify your strong and weak character traits. Consider your physical, emotional and mental traits. Select one or more to work on improving. Keep a training log that documents your work at trying to improve one thing about yourself. Establish a learning and work routine to help you reach your goals. Use your activity log to write up your final products and final self- assessment.
My Race My Way Strong and Provide handout to help Weak character Physical chart out personal progress traits.My routine Mental on your selected goal(s)will include: Emotional What will traits. Fill it out now but you can success look change your mind overnight.What will I like? My Goal isneed to find to work on:out about? Try to complete some What do I know I need research this evening on your to work on? goals.
2. Training and Activity Logs Training Log Each morning you will write up a few points about how your training is going – include your research and actions You will close each class with a personal self-assessment on your training and your learning activities in the unit Activity Log You will document all assigned exercises, activities and writing projects in the Activity Log A final self-assessment, The Personal Medal Ceremony, will be completed in the Activity Log. Please note: your log books can be two separate sections in your notes
3. Build Your Olympian: What will you need to find out? During this unit you will get to focus on a specific Olympic athlete of your choosing and build a character profile of them: Identify their physical character traits. What is the role of their coach? What makes them strong emotionally and mentally? What are their weaknesses? What was their big story? Did they win a medal? What did they place? Is there something unique about their history? Find out about the most important thing that happened to this athlete.
The Character ProfileDiscussion:What will a strong profile look like?What elements or parts will it have?What type of research will be needed?How will you present your research?What kind of skills will you be using?How can you connect this profile to yourself?
4. Select Your Coach During this unit you will get to focus on a specific Olympic coach and: identify their specific job skills explore their role as coach define the relationship they build with their athletes explain their values & beliefs Discussion: Describe what type of coach you would like to have?
5. The Olympic Team Story: Expansion Activity During this unit you may also get to focus on a specific Canadian Olympic team and explore their big story: identify their main plot points of their Olympic journey Identify the high point of excitement for this team Identify which characters played important roles for the team Describe their story in your Activity Log Share their story with the class.
6. Twitter Feed: The Athlete’s VillageThe Athlete’s Village: your feedback and exit card.At the end of each class you will complete one twitter post toone of the existing hash tag topics or create your own for othersto post to.This will be either online or on chart paper on the wallTopics will include: #my race progress #my challenges #my athlete
7. Personal Medal CeremonyAt the end of the unit you will complete a final self-assessment inyour activity log where you will complete a medal ceremony foryourself and explain your choices in your Activity Log.
SHSM Expansion Activities: Non-Profit SectorExplore Non-profit sector connections:Character profiles must focus on athletes who are volunteers within thenon-profit sector through Right to Play initiatives or other non-profitwork that involves supporting youth academically, socially, physicallyand emotionally .Team presentations should look at a specific athlete based non-profitorganization and provide profiles of these organisations: their goals,actions, participants, what they do and how they do it?Have students research interviews with athletes who volunteer for theseorganisations and present their summary notes to the class.
A Sample Athlete Profile: Samia Yusuf OmarName: Samia Yusuf OmarGender: FemaleLocation: Mogadishu, SomaliaAge: 16 years old in the 2008 OlympicsBorn: March 25, 1991Died: April, 2012Family: the oldest of six children. She came from a poorfamily and from one of the countrys minority ethnic groups.Event: Track 100m, 200mBest Placing: finished last in her first heat 200m and scored a personal bestin Beijing, 2008 of 32.16 seconds.Physical Traits: 119 lbs, lean frame, excellent condition and health
Critical back story:Samia Yusuf Omar In Somalia, she received a lot of harassment from militants who believed that Muslim women should not compete in sporting events. Frequently the roads to the stadium are blocked by militia who refuse to let her pass. When she can get through to the stadium, the track she runs on has many holes from mortar damage and bombs. Her Big Challenge: She came out of family poverty, and a war torn country. There was no breadwinner at home. Her journey to become an international athlete was one of great struggle. Not only did militants harass and oppose her personal choices to become an athlete, even her family and friends discouraged her. There were many obstacles for her to overcome. She had to rely on herself to succeed.
Coaching and Athletic Support:Samia Yusuf Omar The harassment restricted her access to receiving any real coaching or having proper facilities to train in. Unlike other elite athletes, Samia took herself to the 2008 Olympics as a self-taught athlete with very little support. Mental and Emotional Traits: highly determined and courageous. In order to deal with all the pressure from local militants, family and friends she must be a person of great determination. Her conviction also shows how she committed she is to represent her country. She was the only female athlete to compete for Somalia that year, and in fact was only one of two athletes from Somalia to make their way to the Olympics that year.
The Big Story:Samia Yusuf Omar Is there something unique about her history? In her first heat she came last at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, she ran a personal best time of 32.16 seconds and though she came last the entire stadium erupted in applause to celebrate this self- taught 16 year old young woman. The most significant event in her life: In an attempt to continue her training in Italy, Samia drowned when the boat she was taking from Ethiopia to Italy shipwrecked. She was going to look for a coach that would complete her training for the London Olympic games. She was Somalia’s best hope for a result. She is an inspirational athlete that sacrificed everything, even her own life to fulfill her goals.
Samia Yusuf Omar: Her ImpactThis YouTube video documents the facts of what happened to Samia Yusuf Omarand gives us some insight into her Big Story, and her impact on other Athletesfollowing her death. Her life story teaches us lessons about courage and determination. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vatoAKj2AR4
Samia Yusuf Omar: Source Material The International Athletics Association database, August 10, 2012.http ://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=0/athcode=243397/index.html “Samia Yusuf Omar’s Italian dream. An interview with Teresa Krug of Al Jazeera.”, Rina Brundu; Rosebud Online Journal, August 19, 2012.http://rinabrundu.com/2012/08/19/a-rosebud-exclusive-samia-yusuf- omars-italian-dream-an-interview-with-teresa-krug-of-al-jazeera/ “Against the Odds: Samia Yusuf Omar”; BBC News, July 21, 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7492967.stm “Somali inspiration battles against the odds”, Teresa Krug; Al Jazeera, August 20, 2012 http://www.aljazeera.com/sport/2011/05/2011513103418320619.html
Expansion Discussion: The Role of Sacrifice What is the role of sacrifice when it comes to self-improvement? Consider Samia’s story and what she struggled through in order to fulfill her dream. What types of sacrifices do athletes in the Western world not have to deal with? What type of sacrifices can we make to help work on personal improvement in our own lives? Is anything worth the ultimate sacrifice of one’s life?