Skipper Paine talks about resilience for testing times
LIKE many parents, Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine is juggling working commitments with minding his two children.
Paine, 35, is set to “coach” thousands of school students across Australia from his Tasmanian home in his new role as ambassador for Be Connected, a short series of 12 webinars for not-for-profit organisation Beacon Foundation.
They are designed to be worked into the national school curriculum.
With one eye on the camera and the other on son Charlie, 1, and daughter Milla, 2, Paine tested his multi-tasking abilities as he talked through building resilience and making tough decisions.
The Australian skipper spent years isolated overcoming a serious broken finger, which required multiple operations and had him on the verge of quitting cricket. He said one thing endured. “I was very lucky in both those cases,” he said.
“I was doing something that I absolutely loved that helped me get through but, no doubt, they were challenging in different ways – one from a resilience point of view and the other from a leadership point of view and being on show all the time.”
When it came to decisionmaking, Paine urged students to be true to themselves and to gather information.
In his case, that was talking to mentors Greg Chappell and Ricky Ponting when on the verge of retiring.
“Allowing myself to make mistakes and not trying to be perfect has certainly taken the pressure off in situations where I’ve had to make big decisions,” Paine said.
Be Connected runs in schools in all states and has a focus on life skills to help young people navigate the current environment with ambassadors such as Paine reflecting on their own life lessons.
Beacon Foundation chief executive Scott Harris said the series brought industry and education together at a time when young people particularly needed inspiration.
CRICKET TO THE CLASSROOM: Tim Paine with his wife Bonnie and children Charlie, 1, and Milla, 2 and, inset, holding aloft the Ashes urn.