Next week will see Hereworth represented in the Kids’ Sing competition. Our choirs are as much a team as any sport and we thank them for their effort and wish them all the best. Thereafter, things will ramp up for the House Music competition that takes place later in the term. Many boys will be taking their Trinity Speech examinations at the end of the week and we trust that will go well.
On Thursday evening, we were very fortunate to be able to host Rob Waddell, one of New Zealand’s top sportsman and current Chef de Mission for our Commonwealth Games (2014 and 2018) and Olympic Games (2016 and 2010) teams. His experiences in these roles and as a champion rower and America’s Cup (Team New Zealand) team member qualifies him to provide some salient advice. We thank James Nilsson for soliciting many snippets of information from him and many others who set up and assisted before, during and after the evening. Some key points he made, embellished with a few of my own thoughts, on what parents and teachers need to be mindful of include:
- For young people, variety is hugely important. Try things out because while some people might be good at something, they may discover they are brilliant at something else. Most top sports people have had experience in many disciplines.
- Do not encourage young people to get caught up in a winning mindset. The most important thing to focus on is process. Rob does not ask his children if they won. Rather, he enquires about what went well. He stressed the point about focussing on how things went.
- To achieve in sport, you have to enjoy what you do. If you don’t, then you will not achieve your goals, so try something else.
- Work ethic is an equally important determinant. Nothing comes easy and boys need to practice as they expect to play.
- Values play a huge role in being successful – respect, tolerance, patience, commitment, determination, trust, resilience and others.
- Repetition in your mind grows belief you can achieve. Attitude can be defining and make the difference to personal and team performance.
- Helicopter parents need to be reminded that process, values and enjoyment all come before winning or being placed in the first team.
- For our boys as they enter secondary school – sport must not be an excuse to not study hard. Getting the balance right is hugely important, but,
- If you are passionate about something, you have no choice – go for it.
Enjoy the week ahead.