Coming from my families farm in rural Western Australia I moved to the big city Perth to start my Bachelors Degree and play Australian Rules Football at a semi professional level.
Naturally when I got down to start training at the football club I was a way off the pace physically as this skinny country boy had never seen a gym before let alone knew how to use one. I will never forget my first session. It was a circuit style "blow out" session early on a Saturday morning and by the time I reached the bench press 30 min in I was so fatigued that a senior member of the team had to lift THE BAR off my chest for me as my fatigued arms tried to do 10 reps.
Though I was off the pace to start with I kept toughing it out and developing, striving to get the best out of myself. As a young man making his way in a sports team I reached my first offseason and was looking to get better and to find my place in the team.
All I wanted at that time was guidance and specific direction from the coaches who I looked up to so I could improve. That's what I found was lacking. I was willing to put the work in during the off season to build myself physically and mentally but I didn't know the specifics of what to do. I would ask my strength & conditioning coach but I would always get a vague answer and looking in hindsight was probably looking to wipe his hands of the year and enjoy his break.
That's when I knew that I wanted to coach. Not just coach by writing programs and showing up but really connecting with the individual behind the player. To use my heart, my strengths & the knowledge I've gained to work hand in hand with that athlete to be the best version of themselves, in their chosen sport not just physically but mentally, emotionally and energetically.
To embody all of me and be the coach that I needed all those years ago.