1 May 2014
When I read the recent article ‘Peta Searle gives up coaching dream’ by Samantha Lane in the Age (26 April 2014), I let out an audible sigh bemoaning the fact that sport had potentially lost another good one.
With a little support and opportunity there is no reason Searle could have (and still can) coach at the highest level of the game with distinction.
1 May 2014
27 March 2014
Fans targeting professional players, and players targeting other players with abuse, is not new and has a long history in Australian sport. On any particular weekend at local sporting fields around the country there will also invariably be cases of taunts by players, bullying by spectators, and parents yelling verbal abuse at kids.
12 November 2013
Sport in some societies, like the UK, New Zealand or Australia, has long been embedded in the culture and hard to separate from the national identity, especially when it comes to national-level competition – the recent London Olympics has only served to cement this further. The winter weekends in any of these countries also sees millions of fans avidly following their football team with a sense of belonging and a deep investment in what ‘our’ result is against a common adversary.
4 November 2013
I am currently on tour in the UK and France with the New Zealand rugby league team in pursuit of their World Cup title defense at the end of November. Last night they offered me the honour of being guest speaker at the Test dinner before the game. I spoke about strength in teams, and what I had seen develop and deepen in this squad over the last 18 months. I was also asked to present the jumpers to the players selected for the France game (1 November) – something that humbled me greatly.
28 October 2013
I listened to a podcast recently from one of Australia’s leading advocates for children’s play (Vice President of the International Play Association, Robyn Monro Miller) who was speaking about the release of a UN toolkit to help governments around the world implement play initiatives. She explained that it is essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development that they have time for unstructured spontaneous play.
9 September 2013
It’s Monday; for some people in sport it will involve ‘madness’ in the form of drinking many beers, being silly, dressing up and releasing the pressure valve built up over a season of physical and social compromises as athletes (and administrators). This is the time when athletes can feel they get to be like everyone else their age and let loose without concerns of skinfold measures, hydration, tomorrow’s training or next weekend’s game.There is nothing fundamentally wrong with that. We each have traditions that mark relevant moments in time..