Updated: Feb 15
Health, fitness, teaching, coaching and competitive sports have been a huge part of my life since a young age. I have had the privilege of teaching, living and coaching various sports in Canada, Singapore and England. Highlights for me in my personal sporting endeavours have included competing for my University swim team for 5 years (take me back to Hawaii, Florida and California for training camp any day!), paddling in an International Outrigger race around Hong Kong Island, dragon boating at international festivals in the Philippines, completing the Amsterdam and London Marathons, competing in a number of half ironman triathlon races in Canada and trekking to Everest Base Camp. Many of my most important life lessons have been learned through coaching and competing in sport. Some of my most important lessons include:
1. Hard work pays off.
You need to work hard to achieve great things. Success comes from continual drive and determination. If you want the results, you need to put in the work and try your best every day.
2. The importance of positivity and mental strength
Pat Mesiti ‘Your life will rise to the level of the voice that you choose to believe.’ My body is as strong as my mind is. When I am running, the minute I allow myself to feel tired or think that I can’t keep the pace or can’t carry on, my legs fill with concrete and every step becomes a challenge. Your body can do anything your mind tells it that it can.
3. Trust in the process.
Your coach has a plan. Each coach that you work with will have a variation to the plan. Trust the plan, trust your coach and trust the process. I think success comes from fully believing in the work you are putting in. If you believe in what you are doing, you will put your best in to every session. This is important in building confidence in yourself and your abilities.
4. Never stop learning
To achieve your best, commit to learning and taking in information all the time. Whether it is a new technique, practicing your mindset or arming yourself with information to increase your confidence, this growth is important!
5. Plan for your success
Being your best takes planning and organisation. Fitting a structured training plan into your schedule can be like fitting a jigsaw puzzle together. It is important to manage your time well, plan in advance and prioritise the essential things to get done.
Our bodies were made to move. My involvement in sport has made me value movement and the mental, emotional and physical benefits of exercise. I am a firm believer in the connection between the mind and body. When you feel healthy and strong in your body it has a direct impact on your confidence, wellness, motivation and happiness. When your body feels strong, your emotions are different. When you strengthen your body, you strengthen your mind.