Issue 3- 5 May 2021
Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Charles Darwin University
Hugh Van Cuylenburg was the keynote speaker at the Youth Futures Workshop.
Hugh Van Cuylenburg was the keynote speaker at the Youth Futures Workshop.

The Resilience Project Founder to feature at CDU youth event

The Resilience Project founder, responsible for his work with schools and some of Australia’s most famous athletes, was the keynote speaker at the Charles Darwin University’s Youth Futures Workshop. 

Hugh Van Cuylenburg has become renowned for producing a specially designed journal which helps users practice gratitude, mindfulness and empathy.

Many athletes have been using the journal, including AFL triple Norm Smith Medallist Dustin Martin and former Australian Test cricket captain Steven Smith, who both hailed the product’s impact on their outstanding form.

Martin and Smith have both been using the journal since 2017, saying it helps them feel calmer in pressure situations and reminds them to be grateful for everything they have. 

The Resilience Project program – which Van Cuylenburg founded in 2011 – is not just for athletes. Van Cuylenburg has since spoken to more than 250,000 school students, teachers and parents as well as a host of professional NRL, AFL, cricket, soccer and netball sides across the country.  

He said while mental health issues in sport are “frightening”, they affect all sections of society.

“The aim of the journal is to help people appreciate what they have, be present and think of others,” Mr Van Cuylenburg said.

CDU Student Recruitment and Events Manager Marissa Briston said organisers were thrilled to secure someone of Van Cuylenburg’s profile for the event.

“We want to ensure young people prepare themselves mentally and are aware of their support systems as they start deciding career pathways at their local university and local job opportunities available in the Northern Territory," Ms Briston said.