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Selecting appropriate role models for our children

Oscar Pistorius2

Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Oscar Pistorius….they all share common characteristics…athletes, elite athletes, world famous elite athletes…the cream of their respective sporting codes… An additional – and unfortunate characteristic of the aforementioned athletes (and many more before them and many more to come!) – concerns their fall from grace. Over and above the demands of overcoming […]

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How do I “temper” my over involvement?

Parents Lock out

I had an interesting conversation with a top South African Equestrian rider on our flight back from Cape Town a few weeks ago. He has had years of experience in coaching, training horses and competing at the top level himself. Our conversation turned to parenting and he made the comment that the ONLY common denominator […]

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Winning or learning: Which is more important?

gymnastics

I was at a judo practice the other day when I observed the following parent-child interaction in the beginners’ class: Two judo athletes (approximately 10 years old) were simulating a particular grab and throw technique on each other during a practice. Sitting close by were two fathers. One was fairly quiet and I could not […]

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Sexual harassment in sport – An unfortunate reality

Coach Discussing Strategy

In the past few weeks there have been a number of reports of sexual harassment charges against sports coaches around the world. To mention just three: · A karate instructor accused of sexually abusing young girls appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in South Africa last week and was denied bail pending further investigation into […]

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