Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Before I was hired as OAT's Provincial Development Coach, I spent two years as an intern coach at the National Triathlon Centre (NTC) in Victoria BC, while also attending the National Coaching Institute. It was an incredible experience, and I could write volumes about what I learned there, but I was reminded of one simple principle at our morning swim today: success in this sport will largely be determined by consistent, well-structured, hard work.

How often have we seen athletes (or coaches) who 'hope' for a good outcome, or wish for a little bit of 'good luck' to see them through? Over the long haul, how successful are those athletes (or coaches)?

Here are two quotes I'm always reminded of when I hear someone talking about hope or luck; Joel Filliol introduced me to the first one soon after he was hired to coach the Senior Squad at the NTC, and the second is one of my favourites I came across a while ago:

On Hope: "Hope is not a strategy." ~ unknown

On Luck: "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit."~ R. E. Shay

We've got the talent (athletes and coaches) in Ontario, and across Canada, to shine on the international stage. All it takes is a ton of hard work and dedication. No hope or luck required.


dorelle said...

James please feel free to analyze.

Any spelling mistakes in there Craig?

Loaring said...

Dorelle--it is quite clean (unlike your posts). But Coach T is a wise grasshopper and may have edited prior to my thorough analysis.

Coach T--does this mean tomorrow will be 50x100 in 1:06 on 1:30?
Tom says bring it on.

dorelle said...


I know exactly where and all I can say is rediculous.

CoachCT said...

Your spelling is ridiculous.