For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, my employer is sponsoring a secure code warrior competition where teams who sign up are presented with software code with security vulnerabilities, challenged with identifying the insecure code, and then presenting a solution to remediate the vulnerability. Teams will have 1 person leading and while one can state preferences for teammates, one is not guaranteed to be assigned with any of one's preferred teammates.
I see this as an excellent opportunity for professional development for me, my team members, and members not within the cybersecurity function but involved in SDLC (such as developers or QA). I initially signed up and stated who I wanted to work with for team mates. I did not get any of my preferred choices. As it turned out, none of the team members I was randomly assigned with had any prior application security experience or previous experience in related areas such as penetration testing, other than myself. I am hesitant now as to whether I should withdraw, as I am concerned poor performance due to lack of a good team may lead to negative perception in my main job role.
Can poor performance in optional activities meant for employee engagement have a negative effect on one's standing or perception at work?
Is there anything I can do to mitigate, but still participate as I find this to be a very valuable, hands-on experience? Cybersecurity is about experience, so more I feel can only help.