Kendall shares career principles

OLYMPICS gold medallist Barbara Anne Kendall attributed the principles that shaped her career to become one of New Zealand’s sporting legend.

The windsurfing icon who was the guest speaker at the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Fiji Olympic Order induction night at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi on Friday night said sheer hard work and honesty were two of the main ingredients to success.

She said to be great you needed to have great people around you.

Kendall said these principles enabled her to win gold, silver and bronze at three Olympic Games.

“There are four things that make me the person I am today,” she said.

“You have to be competitive to win, secondly is hard work, perseverance, determination, resilience, grit — you have to work hard to be successful — work hard and work smart. Impossible is nothing.

“Thirdly you should be honest, if you are not honest to yourself or to your coach you will not get the results you want.

“Fourthly you got to have the passion. If it is not fun then why doing it, passion to drive you to achieve your goal.”

Kendall said she was fortunate to have some great and positive people by her side that helped her to achieve the pinnacle in the sport.

“To be great you need a great team around you — it’s the fundamental principle of leadership.

She also commended the Fiji 7s team for its achievement at the Rio Olympics and also acknowledged those that were inducted in the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Fiji Olympic Order.

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