Looking back at old competition footage makes me remember how much I loved the competition aspect of the sport and believe it or not the winning and losing was such a small part of it (I will admit I hated losing). So much so that most of my medals and trophies are stored in my mum and dads loft … somewhere, and I know this is the case for many athletes.
I know I fell a long way short of reaching the highs of an Olympic Games or World Championships (and many people will also) but it doesn’t take away from everything I gained and learned along the way.
Hard work, resilience, fun, team spirit, sportsmanship, improving, desire, overcoming, discipline, goal setting, focus, learning … the list goes on and on. These are all things that I learned through competition and things that help me in coaching, work & life.
The years of competition has not been wasted, the skills have been recycled and put to good use.
Whether you are a coach, player or parent don’t think time is wasted through competition - competition is a way of life.
You only lose if you give up.