Resilience Based Performance (RBP) is very simply the idea that through training and reframing you can develop resilience skills.  Moreover, add the power of proactive planning, you can dramatically impact personal and team performance.

Game Change and the Resilience Project are data driven.  Our Resilience Based Performance initiatives are designed can move your athletes, your teams and your organizations forward.


Resilience based performance is predicated on these basic ideas, which have been borne out by data both in and out of sport.  

  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.

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.


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

In North America, in short pilot sessions with both large and small Division I and III NCAA institutions, the RBP model demonstrated a significant impact on student athlete understanding of the role and value of resilience in driving positive outcomes on and off the playing surface.

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.


  • 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'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 Project visited several NCAA institutions to pilot the Resilience Project concept in a North American sport context.  In order to understand the impact of our workshops on student athletes we conducted pre and post seminar assessments.  

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?


It is clear the Game Change Resilience Project had an immediate impact on student athletes across the board.  In fact 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