Behind most great athletes there’s often a great team of coaches working away relentlessly to get the athlete to where they need to be, often without any praise or acknowledgement.
We mold athletes into the model we hold within our minds by working on their technical, mental and bio-energetic demands of the sport or event. Just like clay, we want to mold and sculpt an athlete in the image of our technical and performance models. We need to push the athlete hard enough to see improvements, without causing injury.
We continuously put hours into reading, learning, planning, programming and developing our craft. No one said our job as coaches was going to be easy but I just wouldn’t have it any other way.
We need no accolades because we do it for the passion that we have for teaching and coaching (this does not mean we have to do it for free) because there really is nothing quite like the feeling you get when an athlete has that ‘eureka‘ moment. It is why we dont need the medal or trophy when our athletes succeed. We appreciated the respect they give us and the determination they demonstrate by showing up to every session on time, come rain, shine or snow.
To finish off with some advice that i received as a young coach: ‘continuously learn, plan, improvise, be patient, coach the athlete not the event and you will be doing a good job‘.
So a massive thank you to all the great coaches that do such an exceptional job. You are the hidden force behind the success of sports performers seen week in, week out.
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