Nurturing our young athletes

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By PHILIP CHANDLER

How youngsters can achieve in sport, yet remain happy and healthy, is the subject of a talk
by an internationally-recognised coach and researcher tonight.

Auckland-based Dr Craig Harrison, who has a PhD in athlete development, claims more kids drop out of sport by their 13th birthday than ever before, while, for those who remain, the youth sport culture is putting their mental and physical health at great risk.

His primary goal is helping young athletes play the game they love without getting injured,
overtraining or burning out.

Harrison tells Mountain Scene ‘‘it’s a complex problem, it’s not as simple as most people think’’.

He notes youngsters are experiencing high-pressure environments much younger than they
used to, but without necessarily having the skills to cope.

As examples, he cites the FIFA under-17 football World Cup and New Zealand’s AIMS Games for intermediate-age children, which formerly didn’t exist.

Aimed at parents and coaches, his talk, at Remarkables Primary from 6.30 till 8pm, is being organised by the Queenstown Snow Sports Club (formerly Remarkables Snow Sports Academy).

Tickets, $25 including fees, are for sale via eventfinda

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