More Success  

NiceGuyMush 46M
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5/10/2006 1:20 am

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More Success

I've always recognised that there is more to sport than winning and participating. There is always a lot of time and work done by people in the background to make things happen... and I'm not one to shy away from helping when and where I can.

Field hockey is my other sporting passion in life (comes second to sailing I must admit!) and since 97 I have coached the 1st XI girls team at the local college. I've coached club level senior men, women and Rep U13's and U18's, umpired and played as goalkeeper (now that is nuts!) at senior club and provincial level.

Last year one of the kids I coached moved down to Christchurch to go to Uni and was selected for the Canty U21 team, which went on to win Nationals - I was so proud of her.

Well this year two of my current college team have been selected for the Midlands (region - Counties, Tauranga, Waikato, Thames Valley and Bay of Plenty) team, at just 17 and 16.

These two kids have a bit of X factor, fit, play hard but fair, play to win, are mentally tough on themselves and strive to be better everytime they train. Their skill level is improving all the time.

I can get inside their heads and get them in the right mental space to do awesome stuff. Their parents are great, get them to all the places they need to be, not with dominating pressure, but because the kids want to! The sort of Dad I want to be one day.

Its a neat thing to be a part of, to be an important part of, and giving up xtra time for them is not a problem for me.

As for the rest of the team... a great bunch. I can't quite get my head around this though.

They want an extra training... the only time we can get is FRIDAY NIGHT and yes they desperately want that training!

This is teenage girls we are talking about!

Is it dedication and devotion?
Or is that in a small town its a good way to stay out of trouble?

Either way, I'm happy to give up my time, because I enjoy it, they enjoy it and the team is going places!


bulging_boy 49M

5/10/2006 2:24 am

When you're passionate about something, others sharing that tends to allow us the ability to create space in our day to accomodate that.

Congrats on the coaching. You're obviously doing something right to bring out their talents so strongly.


velvethandsNZ 68M

5/11/2006 2:03 pm

Lets just think about this for a minute!

You are happy to spend time with about 16 young (17-18 year old) ladies who are wearing short skirts and running around doing everything you tell them to?

OJK, in the same way that after reading a sex guide for lesbians I decided that I already was one, I've decided to go out and become an assistant first XI hockey coach!

BTW - Good on yer M8 - having spent 30 years as a scout leader and 10 as a board member of student exchange, I know the sacrifice it really takes to do these things well - and I'm sure the girls will always remember "that Mushy guy who coached me when I was really young".


NiceGuyMush 46M

5/11/2006 3:17 pm

Thanks Fellas

I do it because I enjoy it and there is a huge amount of satisfaction watching them enjoy it too.

As for you Velvet - get your mind out of the gutter!

Update
The young lasses played the boys 1st XI last night in the rain and hail. They went down 3-2 and awesome effort. The stepped up the muscle and competed for the ball hard, played hard, have as good as they got - to the amusement of the crowd from the school. The biys were crowing about the win - 1 goal fellas is pitifull. Moral victory to the girls in my book


NiceGuyMush 46M

5/11/2006 3:19 pm

Thanks Fellas

I do it because I enjoy it and there is a huge amount of satisfaction watching them enjoy it too.

As for you Velvet - get your mind out of the gutter!

Update
The young lasses played the boys 1st XI last night in the rain and hail. They went down 3-2 in an awesome effort. The stepped up the muscle and competed for the ball hard, played hard, gave as good as they got - to the amusement of the crowd from the school.

The boys were crowing about the win - given the size and strenght ifference a 1 goal win fellas is pitifull.

Moral victory to the girls in my book!


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