Posted on 11 May, 2023

Mental Fitness Challenge

Mental Fitness Challenge

Ms Knutsen's Year 10 Health and Physical Education are currently completing the Mental Fitness Challenge, an interactive program developed through the Black Dog Institute. 

The challenge focuses on the importance of Mental Health and through their partnership with The Australian Institute of Sport, we were lucky enough to have past DHS student Joseph White join us on Wednesday to discuss his journey with mental health and his experiences of being a professional athlete. 

Joseph is currently the No. 2 squash player in Australia and No. 118 in the world and he spoke to us about the various challenges he has experienced and how by trying to improve his Mental Strength, Mental Flexibility and Mental Endurance, he has been able to overcome them. Joe spoke to us about how incredibly difficult it was when he lost a close friend and how this impacted his life, and particularly his life as an athlete. 

Joseph told us about the time where he nearly gave up playing squash altogether after finding out he didn’t make the most recent Commonwealth Games, even though he was No. 2 in Australia at the time. Together, the various challenges that Joseph has experienced in his life thus far made his time with us a very special and personal one and we appreciate it so very much! Darwin High School thanks Joseph for his time in supporting our students.

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