At all times in the modern world, the role of parents in the development of the individual athlete and his success is invaluable. We may not be real sport stars, but there are so many things that we can give to our children through sports. We can help guide and support them, laying down a solid foundation for success, self-confidence and self-realization for life.
Dr. Natasha Maximovich, AFM coach, believes that not all athletes will become Olympic champions, but everyone who has a desire, a great coach and parental support can learn to overcome his/her own self doubts and all rivals, to respect others’ achievements, to be able to play and celebrate victories, to feel sparks of happiness and accomplishment, and to think and analyze. Is this not the reason for living?
Every athlete has a coach, who takes on aspects of training and education, but the role of parent is still important. No matter how old he/she is, parents should cheer and assure their child that all of the hard work is worth it. Talk with your children, support them, listen to them, and hear them. Rejoice in their victories, help them lose with dignity, be close to them in the ups and downs, and then with the families and coaches help, your child will certainly achieve a lot both in sports and life.
Academy of Fencing Masters sees the extraordinary importance of the tandem: coach/mentor AND parents. We are convinced that this alliance will lead our athletes to the highest levels of success – emotionally, physically and psychologically – leading a maximum enjoyment of the sport and life.