Brock’s Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC) team members took home the regional championship trophy on Saturday, March 30 in Brantford. The team includes (back row, from left) Ruth Benoy, John Gobin, coach Amber Scholtens, William Durward, Stephanie Lasica (CPCF student) and (front row, from left) Grayson Wadsworth-Hayes and Rebecca Balyk.
Though it was Brock’s first time entering the CLC, the six-member team won the regional competition and later found out they placed 16th overall in a pool of 58 teams when the results for all of North America were released on Thursday, April 25.
The CLC aims to provide students with real-world leadership skills while also teaching them to work collaboratively with others.
Starting in January, the team, comprised of students from several Brock Faculties, practised weekly to prepare for six 45-minute challenges designed to test the abilities of each team member to lead designated tasks and follow processes learned in the previous months.
This year activities included setting up 400 dominos, completing a series of puzzles, silently arranging 100 numbered cards and wagering points before making split-second decisions on questions about the terms and concepts the team had reviewed during their late-night practice sessions.
Coach Amber Scholtens, Manager of Student Leadership and Engagement, said the months of effort the team put in were apparent during the competition. “There were times when my heart was in my throat, and I was not even competing,” she said. “But our team remembered to stay calm and follow the example of each student as they took their turn to lead an activity.”
To learn more about Brock’s CLC team, visit the Student Life and Community Experience website.