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Resilience training has been successful with elite and major professional athletes in Australia including the National Rugby League, Australian Football League and Cricket Australia.  


In North America, pilot sessions conducted with both large and small Division I and III NCAA institutions, the RBP model demonstrated a significant impact on student athletes.

Phase 1)

Mental strength. Gratitude. An introduction to the relationship between mental health, resilience and performance - the importance of resilience and how to practice gratitude - the research behind the practice of gratitude.

Phase 2)

Figure out how to be in the moment. Learn Mindfulness. - Discover why is mindfulness important. (Mental health, suicide prevention, elite performance, sleep) - Elite sporting case studies of mindfulness and the research behind mindfulness and performance. An introduction to the Performance Based Resilience 21 day training manual.

Phase 3)

How do you control emotion? Using Empathy to retrain and reframe your brain. Commit to strong mental health by understanding that you have control over the strength of your emotions. Learn strategies to control emotions and the skills to practice empathy, the research behind the benefits of empathy.


Resilience Based Performance (RBP) is the idea that through simple training and reframing exercises you can develop powerful resilience skill sets.  These skills can have a dramatic impact on a teams and an individual athletes performance.


Game Change is data driven.  Resilience Based Performance initiatives are based on data and science designed to provide impact on your organization and your athletes.


Resilience Based performance is predicated on the following basic premises.

  1. Acceptance

  2. Gratitude

  3. Connection & Empathy

  4. Mindfulness and Meditation


Game Change’s approach focuses on the science behind these concepts and  how they can drive athlete mental wellness and performance.  

In fact, the research tells us


  1. Athletes who report being grateful, empathetic and mindful are more resilient.

  2. Athletes who are more resilient are less likely to be negatively impacted by stress, negative events, outcomes and mental illness.

  3. Athletes whose mental well-being is high are going to consistently perform at a higher level and deal better and faster with setbacks.


The evidence is clear.  Better outcomes on and off the playing surface can be derived by actively developing a Resilience Based Performance education and training process.  And it can happen quickly.



  • 100% of players stated they would recommend this workshop to other players
  • “Most valuable personal development I’ve had as a professional athlete”
  • 97% of players more likely to be open to exploring mental health issues after learning about resilience
  • "I had the best game day I've ever had performance-wise"
  • "It's been hard for me to change my athletic performance because it's an emotional roller coaster for me right now, but I feel if I didn't have this in my life for the past month it would have been more stressful."

"I'm usually skeptical of people coming into the club to run programs, but this has been amazing. i could have sat there listening for hours. You've taught me and my teammates the skills that help us bounce back from challenges."

- Billy Slater, Melbourne Storm, Professional Rugby Player


The Game Change Resilience Based Performance initiative has been piloted in several collegiate environments.  Below are examples of the kind of data collected.

Surveys were scored on a one to five scale

Surveys were scored on a one to five scale with one being, ‘Not at all familiar’ and five being, ‘Extremely familiar’. 

Mental Well Being, Athlete Performance and Personal Health

Student athlete’s were also asked to provide their opinions on the importance of mental well-being to being a good athlete and a healthy person. We asked student athletes how would you rate the importance of resilience in your development as an athlete and a person?


The Game Change Resilience Based Performance initiative has had an immediate impact on student athletes.  When student athletes were asked how likely they would be to recommend this presentation to a fellow student or student athlete, it scored at 9.3 out of 10.  A of 10 score was, ‘Unbelievable presentation, see it tomorrow.’


Resilient athletes have better mental health and overall mental well-being. Resilient athletes perform better on the playing surface and in the classroom.  Resilient athletes evolve into resilient people who have more success in life.  Game Change can help drive these outcomes.  


Are you serious about impacting your organization and your student athletes? Then please contact:

Duncan Fletcher - Director

Phone: 203 980 3410 - Email: fletcher@gamechange.ca