Numbers game can alienate the magicians The elite sporting world can be a number crunchers paradise. The latest gadgets telling coaches that x + y (should) = success. We all know that it rarely works out like that. The advent of excessive number crunching in sport has endangered genius athletes. When I say genius athlete … Continue reading Genius athletes becoming extinct?
There has been a lot of talk about Ronda Rousey’s interview with Ellen DeGeneres in which she admitted she briefly contemplated suicide in the immediate aftermath of her loss to Holly Holm in their recent MMA world title fight. It isn’t surprising. Rousey looked almost possessed in the lead up to the fight. When they … Continue reading Ronda Rousey: too much focus?
Suzy Favor-Hamilton is a 3 time Olympic middle distance runner. A year or so ago she was “outed” as a high class escort in Las Vegas. I remember being not overly surprised or shocked that an Olympic athlete could end up being an escort. Both pursuits having similar risk and reward elements that attract similar … Continue reading Suzy Favor Hamilton: Athlete Backpack
When I was 14 years old I was an absolute rowing maniac. I was obsessed to the point of insanity. I wanted one thing; to compete on the world stage at the highest level. I consumed everything rowing. I was lucky enough to have a talented older sister who was competing on the world stage … Continue reading Depression plagues the “invincible” also
The next chapter awaits for Hewitt Watching the last match of Australian tennis legend, Leyton Hewitt, at the Australian Open last night was very emotive. He is such a celebrated athlete here and the Australian Open is his ultimate home of adoring fans. As he was acknowledging the crowd and lapping up the exuberance and … Continue reading Leyton Hewitt
Awesome article below on the Jenny Owens site on the ‘Cross Over”. Check out her site THE CROSS OVER “Not for a second did I think adjusting to “life after sport” would be easy but I certainly thought it would be easier than my last attempt, considering I felt I knew what was ahead of me! It has … Continue reading Crossing over – Jenny Owens (AUS) Skier
Great article from The Conversation on the psychological challenges associated with letting go from the life of a dedicated athlete. Do athletes think about this enough while they are riding the big waves of sporting excellence? Research has shown that athletes who prepare for retirement and start the thinking process early actually perform better as athletes … Continue reading The Conversation: Challenges ahead for retirees