A Coach’s Perspective
Being a coach wasn’t something I saw myself doing in the later years of my climbing career. From the beginning, I didn’t have a good impression of coaches. From my perspective, their role was to be mean, break you down and shout instructions. All that while standing around and watching you suffer. It made no sense for me as a student to keep coming back for training. Thus I lost my motivation in those sports. Climbing however, was something different.
“A Coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you always known you could be…”
Role of a Coach
I believe that a coach should take his love for the sport and instill it in his athletes. He molds them and watches their talent and dedication grow into a skill that both can be proud of. His payoff is the smile he sees on their face after reaching the goal. His drive are the tears they cry because of wanting to achieve that personal best.
“For you to give nothing less than your best” – that is what a Coach wants for all his students.
How a Coach influence Students
From my personal opinion, coaching is not just about having skill knowledge, but being able to translate it into teaching. For example, being able to communicate and make sessions fun and engaging.
For me, sharing my personal experience is a way to inspire them. I take time to listen to my students and ask them about their plans and dreams. Being encouraging is a huge factor, especially after competitions. Uplifting words make a difference.
I always conveyed a belief that all my students could succeed. This went beyond encouraging words, to specific trainings to fit their needs and personal trainings during weekend. I have always believed in working hand in hand with students. Only then, will you have a successful partnership or a team. Sometimes I go beyond the call of duty to invest in my students outside of trainings and take an interest in their lives. To know them more personally and understand them better makes a difference to them. I believe that we shouldn’t only train them to be a better climber but to be a better person as well. As long as I demonstrated respect and a desire for my students to do well, my students knew I cared about them and had their best interest in mind.
As a coach, we should set high standards and pushing them to excel, calling out the best from them. We don’t just set the bar for them but be there to help them jump over it.
“Things can never be just right, yet they are just right to teach us about life…”
Ever since i took up this sport, Climbing has opened doorways for me in many aspects.
Climbing has allowed me to travel to new places and meet new people of different cultures. It has also broadened my perspective from being about me, to sharing my experience with the younger generation. This has brought much more fulfillment.
I have been living the climbing life for 17 years now and I’m truly grateful for what it has brought me. It also has made me stronger as a person, both physically and mentally. It certainly has taught me that whatever i do, there will be problems, even in the most perfect situations. Things can never be just right, yet they are just right to teach us about life.