Skip­per Paine talks about re­silience for test­ing times

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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.

Main pic­ture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

CRICKET TO THE CLASS­ROOM: Tim Paine with his wife Bon­nie and chil­dren Char­lie, 1, and Milla, 2 and, in­set, hold­ing aloft the Ashes urn.

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