SOME other sports are often seen as a threat to athletics participation at junior level. Certainly, at my club, we have a regular number of 12 and 13-yearolds who rarely race because of other sports commitments. Yet patience can pay off.
This week a talented 15-year-old told me he was quitting his main sport, rowing, because the 14hour training week was killing him.
I was also contacted by a parent who told me that her daughter, aged 12 and a regional-level gymnast, had broken down in disillusionment over another injury and her 26-hour weekly training regimen.
Perhaps the answer is to nurture children who choose other sports above our own. If we can maintain their contact with athletics, then we can also catch them when they fall.
- Peta Bee, performance editor