Trophy kids

I am going to do it again. Refer to a Daily Telegraph article. Sean O’Hair won a great victory in North Carolina over the last weekend. He beat Tiger Woods along with other superstars and cashed a more than nice check. And yet you have to wonder if he would not trade both the win and the check in a heartbeat for the chance to turn back time and not have to go through what he has been through. Sean is a child of one of the nowadays very frequently occurring ‘pushy dads’. He is one that has ‘come out’ and told the world about his experience and you would hope that those experiences could contribute to these things not happening again. And yet my feeling is that we are heading in the complete opposite direction. The number of pushy dads on golf courses is increasing rapidly (I am not aware of any pushy moms but perhaps they are out there as well?) and my biggest fear is  – what if that is what it takes? What if the future champions in sports have to get groomed into becoming a champion from an early age? I know for sure that I would not want to be part of tempting kids (or perhaps more so their parents) into such an environment. I refuse to believe that this is the case though. There is enough evidence in research to suggest that the best athletes are born from an environment where they themselves can choose what to do and where the facilities are such that they do choose to play sports. The facilities they have nearby will of course help them choose. Golfers are born from having a golf course close, tennis players come from the environment where tennis can be played etc. The difference is that the kid him or herself choose to spend endless hours doing the sport. Let us try and get back to that!

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