The goal of Sport Up Your Life
is to show the athletes all of the different careers
that exist within sport, so if they find themselves
forced to finish their competitive athletic career, they still have a lot of different
opportunities to stay within sport. It’s to open their mind to the ways
they can stay close to sport, even if not as an athlete. The world of sport has so many
opportunities to be involved with. If you can’t actually be
an athlete out on the field of play, whether it’s football, basketball,
baseball, athletics, whatever it is, there is management,
there is public relations, there is obviously
work in the media. There are so many opportunities
to be in and around sports. For every athlete, there are at least two coaches
or team managers behind them helping them along the way
and there are lots of positions, whether it be as a coach, whether
it be as a physio or medical staff, an administrator or in the media, so many people have opportunities
to come to the Olympics and to be involved in sport
as an athlete or otherwise. If you never get to the top level
in your sports career, you can always change your job. You don’t have to be
a professional athlete, you can be a referee,
you can be a sports manager, you can be a lot of things. My job involves
teaching young athletes how, what, when
they should be eating to compete and to perform at their best, but also to stay healthy
and to grow and develop. A Chef de Mission actually plans out all of the logistics
and operational supports, starting two to three years out, and then fulfils all of the duties
for air travel, planning, logistics, shipping, team selection,
accreditation, strategy, all the way through the games,
and ready for departures. It’s nice to be a referee because you travel a lot,
you meet new people every day. You meet different types of people,
different nations. You have a lot of opportunities. Coaching is a tough environment
but a very rewarding one. I think particularly if
you’re somebody that’s had a love
for a particular sport, and passion, to be able to almost
give back to that sport and encourage the next generation
is extremely exciting. One of the things
I always advise current athletes is that they should do
what I call “double-dip”, which means that,
as they continue in their sport, they should begin to pursue
what they would like to do after sport is over, because you have no idea
when that’s going to happen, whether it’s by voluntary retirement
or an injury that sends you out. I would also say that you should try
and get involved as soon as possible, because you want confirmation,
“This is what I want to do”, or, “This is not what I thought and I
should pursue something else”. It’s better to find out earlier. And then, as with anything, if you
are pursuing a career or a dream, you should be willing to do the hard
work it’s going to take to succeed. Anything worth value is going to take
a lot of hard work to get there. And the road is not going to be easy. Sometimes it’s not even fair. But if you’re pursuing what you love,
you should continue anyway.

Sport Up Your Life | Youth Olympic Games
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2 thoughts on “Sport Up Your Life | Youth Olympic Games

  • March 17, 2015 at 9:25 am
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    I love the Olympics

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  • March 17, 2015 at 11:21 pm
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    Excellent advice! I like that my perfect job role would be in Sport & Education on the quiz.. perfect!! šŸ˜€

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