Photo is super coach Peter Soul, Integrity Gymnastics, Ohio. His excellent fitness helped him recover from chemotherapy over the past year.
At Funtastics Gymnastics camp in Idaho I noted my coaching contemporaries are aging.
At 48-years-old, I’ve never been a better coach. My mind is strong but the body starting to fail.
At camp I had never been so disabled: broken hand, sore back and laryngitis. Most of the other “older” coaches were hobbled in one way or another.
One has pain in his shoulder even putting on a t-shirt. Another was limping from a running injury. Many of us were avoiding spotting if we could.
A friend retired from coaching last year after 31-years. Another is scheduling a double hip replacement.
Thank God for 21-year-old Rachael Tart (Funtastics) who already spots Yurchenko and Tkachev!
Older coaches need spend more time providing opportunities for new coaches. Our days are numbered.