Coach and athlete relationship important: Valerie Adams

SUVA, 28 JUNE 2017 (FIJI TIMES)--- New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams has reminded athletes to have a good relationship with their coaches during the Oceania Athletics Congress workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Monday.

The four-time world champion has been in the sport for 19 years and spoke on how the connection between the two is very important especially when it comes to preparing for a major tournament.

"As an athlete and coach for three years I was able to give an insight on how the relation may or may not work between the two and also how an athlete grows from a young age up to an elder stage within the sport and its very important for the coach to grow with them," Adams said.

The two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth champion spoke on her experience over the past years.

"It's important that they grow with their athletes and not stomp on their growth but actually bloom with them and grow with them and mature with them.

"It was a great feedback from the young athletes and an insight as to what a lot of problems athletes in the Pacific face.

"For me I was growing as an athlete but my first coach wasn't growing with me.

"I was 14 and then I was 28 and married it's a big change and its important to have that ability as a coach and not think that because you're the coach and pick the kid up and they might be kid forever but also as a coach what I have found is that they should be open minded.

"It's great to get feedback from the athlete and try things that they might want to try as well because they might see or feel things that are different from you as a coach.

"It's always worth it to give it a try but it's important to actually get them to have feedback and be honest with each other.

"Honesty and trust plays a big factor in any relationship," she said....PACNEWS 


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