Thursday, 21 August 2014


St Kilda East - Port Melbourne - St Kilda East:
DK wanted an easy roll, and I wanted croissants.

We had a good chat about something Carl first introduced me to, the conundrum of developing good junior athletes. It's a conundrum, because in a super over simplified way you need to push people to be their best, but if you push kids too hard, you end up breaking them, and then you have no kids to push.

As a nation, we've crafted a system that's going to keep chewing up a heap of kids, simply by the nature of how we fund sport. The sports that win world and olympic medals get the funds. So, all the sports academies (AID, VIS, etc) are geared very heavily towards producing gold medal winners.

DK was obviously a product of those institutes, and though he's a phenomenal athlete, and an even harder worker, he's not overly praising of his experiences.

I read an article the other day, and for the life of me, I can't remember where, nor find it with google, about this very topic. About how to shift the focus from winning, which has a lot of negative impact, to something else. Their secret elixir was the phrase "I love watching you play". If you google it, you'll find many people have latched onto it as the fountain of fun. It's not about saying that winning doesn't matter, it's that it's not the most important thing.

Anyway, I think this whole thing is an important topic for people who care about their kids, and/or people who care about their sport.

Strava link.

D: 22.7km
A: 46m


D: 5.6km
A: 33m

PMPW: 89kg

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