Thereare those individuals who portray outstanding talents, anddemonstrate their potential to perform at extraordinarily high levelsof accomplishment, compared to other individuals of the sameexperience, age and environment. These individuals are regarded asgifted athletes. The definition, above, of gifted athletes is themost comprehensive and the most common one. The definition capturestalent that entails all aspects of an individual life’s athletic,academic, artistic and social life. There are various characteristicsof gifted athletes:
They are perfectionists they always strive to make things around them be to be perfect. They always undertake their tasks to the best of their knowledge.
Gifted athletes are first learners: the gifted athletes are sequential learners making them understand new concepts faster compared to their peers.
Gifted athletes usually have talent in at least one or two areas in the following areas: creative thinking, leadership, psychomotor, academics, and general intellectual ability.
Also gifted athletes are problem solvers who think abstractly to help with technical challenges that may exist.
Thecondition of being gifted comes with a responsibility. One of thegreatest responsibilities of gifted athletes is to act as role modelsto their colleagues. Since the gifted athletes often show exemplaryperformance, their peers often look up to them, and copy their waysof life. As such the gifted athletes should often portray goodcharacters to their peers. Another responsibility of the giftedathletes is to offer community service. When an individual is agifted athlete, he/she has a huge following comprised of both fansand the cooperate sectors. The gifted athlete ought to use his/herinfluence to champion various programs in the community. The giftedathlete should team up with other players so as to address variousissues affecting people in the society.
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