Posted by: R | 2009/09/08


physically accelerated children

Do you think that parents involved in their children' s physical activities have physically accelerated children?

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Children of good sportsmen and women often excel at sport themselves. There are many examples in SA including well known cricketers and rugby players.

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Posted by: Shelby | 2009/09/09

If I may comment...

My parents were involved when I decided to take up competitive swimming. My Mum became a timekeeper and woke up early every morning to take me to the pool. I represented my country in a few championships and held national records.

I think the key issue here is to encourage and not to force them into sports. I saw many kids my age fall by the wayside as their parents pushed them too hard, they eventually gave up and lost interest.

I am a keen supporter of encouraging kids to do sports, it keeps them busy and keeps them out of mischief, including drugs. As a top sportsman, you have to be tested, if you win medals, for any drugs. I think it sets you up for life as you learn that if you work hard, you will achieve and that you have to persevere to get ahead.

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