Brennan Yadlowski and Kruise Reddick both captains with the Guildford Flames Ice Hockey team visited the Level 2 Sports students and their tutor Phil Waters today to share their experiences and thoughts on leadership as part of the Sports and Activity Leadership module.
Brennan and Kruise both started skating as toddlers in Canada and went on to play for the University of Alberta where they won the Canadian National Championship over two consecutive years. They have been professional players for two years and joined Guildford Flames in September 2017. Guildford Flames are currently 6th in the UK Elite Ice Hockey League.
Brennan and Kruise led a lively session and discussed what is takes to be a good leader. Brennan said “it’s important to gain the respect of the team, coaches and referees. Being a leader isn’t always easy; one of the biggest challenges is to be accountable and hold others accountable, especially when they are also your friends” Kruise stressed that it’s important “to always lead by example; to do the right thing every day, to always put your best effort in to your work, to develop good time management skills and a genuine work ethic. As a leader you have to be one of the hardest working so others follow your lead”.