Multi-task­ing on the road to sport­ing glory

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - OPINION -

I’m in Aus­tria at a WTA tour event run­ning ten­nis work­shops and clin­ics for fe­male coaches and girls, but I’m also part of a fo­rum for par­ents of promis­ing young play­ers; giv­ing them tips for the jour­ney they’re go­ing on and pre­par­ing them for what lies ahead.

It’s some­thing I wish some­one had been able to help me with when I was try­ing to learn it all.

There sim­ply wasn’t any­one in Scot­land who had done that be­fore so it was all about com­mon sense.

The onus is on par­ents to make ev­ery­thing hap­pen if their child goes fur­ther in an in­di­vid­ual sport.

You be­come man­ager, trav­el­ling com­pan­ion, laun­derette, taxi driver and hu­man ATM ma­chine.

You don’t know whether the coach is telling you the right thing when they say your child needs four in­di­vid­ual lessons a week and sev­eral over­seas com­pe­ti­tions… and it’s go­ing to cost a for­tune.

It’s hard to find in­de­pen­dent ad­vice and that’s why I want to help.

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