An Open Letter to Young Athletes

A Message for the Start of a New Athletics Season

Dear Young Athlete,

“The broader and stronger the base, the higher the peak.”

The upcoming athletics season promises more fun and exciting times for you. It presents a marvelous opportunity for you to take another step forward in your athletics career. It is also the ideal time to continue building a strong base – a launching pad – for your continued enjoyment and future achievements in the sport.

Building your base should include concentrating on increasing your athleticism and general strength, further developing correct and reliable techniques across a range of events, and continuing to gain experience and skills in various competitions. As this occurs, always keep in mind that these things are moving you towards your long term goals and dreams.

Throughout this season, I really encourage you to keep focusing on the process of improvement rather than results, medals and winning, and to continuously keep the “big picture” in mind. It can be a long building process to become the track and field athlete that you ultimately want to become; it is common for athletes not to reach their peak until their mid-twenties or after up to ten years of solid training. Commitment, persistence, patience, good planning and smart goal setting are just as important as talent (and maybe even more so).

Each competition you compete in is not the “be-all-and-end-all” – they are simply wonderful and enjoyable opportunities to learn and develop as an athlete on the pathway to greater things.  Any hiccups along the way (and that is all they are  – “hiccups”) should be seen as learning experiences and not setbacks or trends that will continue.

Have fun and believe in yourself. The best is yet to come.

20150614_154020-1Darren Wensor is a sports development professional, coach educator, specialist coach of young athletes and founder of the blog Learn more about him here and connect with him on TwitterFacebookLinkedin , Anchor or via email.

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