Successful Elite Athletes

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Another critical factor to consider is the obesity epidemic as it is one of the greatest challenges facing Australia and many other developed nations. Australia is one of the most overweight nations, with 62.8% of adults and one in four children being overweight or obese (Health, 2014). One of the greatest problems facing youth sport is drop-out rates. Therefore, having successful elite athletes as role models to help inspire children to continue with their chosen sport, is vital. A study from Lockwood and Kunda found that “having successful athletes as role models provoke inspiration and self-enhancement when their success seems attainable to the observer” (Lockwood, P & Kunda, Z, 1997). Personally, I have witnessed a significant drop in sports
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