COACH­ING APP GETS PER­SONAL

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CRONULLA lo­cal Rory Darkins was in­spired to cre­ate the self-help app What’s Right AI af­ter one of his friends re­turned from com­pet­ing at the 2012 Olympics feel­ing a bit down.

“A close friend of mine who went to the Lon­don Olympics per­formed re­ally well but when they re­turned home had some chal­lenges on the men­tal side,” he told The Daily Tele­graph.

With a back­ground in sport and psy­chol­ogy, Mr Darkins de­cided to cre­ate an app which could coach peo­ple on their per­sonal well­be­ing.

He be­gan de­vel­op­ing the app with co-founder Gra­ham Dak­ing 18 months ago. “The app dis­cov­ers what makes that in­di­vid­ual tick and what their strengths are,” Mr Darkins said. “It pro­vides them with en­cour­age­ment and con­ver­sa­tions based on who they are at their best and uses that as a plat­form to help them nav­i­gate through life.” Mr Darkins is tak­ing part in the Op­tus Fu­ture Mak­ers pro­gram, which pro­vides fund­ing and men­tor­ing for start-ups and so­cial en­ter­prises. What’s Right — AI is in the run­ning to win up to $300,000 af­ter be­ing short-listed as a fi­nal­ist.

“One of the high­lights of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram has been be­ing part of a com­mu­nity of very like­minded peo­ple,” Mr Darkins said.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved are on a mis­sion to re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.”

The app is be­ing tri­alled and the goal is to have it be­ing used in 200 schools by 2019.

Rory Darkins, co-founder of self­help app What’s Right Al.

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