The Reason I Coach
Today was that day. I spent a good part of the day at the Brewers Games in Cheltenham supporting athletes that I coach, some belong to clubs and some don’t. It was great to see so many young athletes enjoying the sunshine although a little hot. So today, a young athlete came to the games to compete for the first time in 2 years on the track, I can honestly say I have never seen anyone so nervous before a race. So we sat and chatted did a few drills and got ready for the race and still so very nervous. That’s what we do as a coach, different athletes require different levels of coaching at different times.
So on your marks, get set, stand up please, yep my athlete was moving on the line, lets try again, on your marks, get set, stand up please, yep same athlete not stable on the line (nervous). Third time lucky, on your marks, get set, bang yes we are off. Finished the race in second and this is where it gets good. Now the young athlete is smiling, cant believe they finished the race, good time as well. So I watch an athlete turn from a quivering nervous wreck into a young athlete with belief in their own ability. I then turn to their mum who has got the biggest smile on their face because of what they had just watched. If i’m honest that’s why i coach, its not just about the technical or skills we help athletes with, but when you can assist them mentally as well that’s where it really counts.
When i got home i had a great email from the athlete that just summed up how they felt. If you think this is pretty normal, the bit i haven’t told you is, where and what the athlete has come from and been threw over the last few years and that’s what makes is great…
Anyway lots of New PB’s today..