Throughout my career in the sports performance coaching I have consistently been surprised at the public’s reaction to athletes. Whilst that might seem like a peculiar comment given the fascination with athletes and celebrities is accepted as the norm, such an attitude will hopefully be corrected in the future. Though it is admirable, to a degree, to play a sport well that does not lift an athlete to the status of a “hero” which should be reserved for say the men and women who go to work each day to raise a loving family, parents who read to the children, teachers who educate the next generation and of-course law enforcement and military personnel who protect each us are harms way. That is not to say an athlete can not use their status to uplift many in society but that comes external to sport. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, from all parts of society but share the common denominator of courage and the breastplate of a noble purpose and intent.
- Montréal, Canada: 3 – 5 August