By Matt Beckenham

Matt Beckenham is the coach of Melissa Breen, Lauren Boden, Sarah Walsh, Tom Agnew,
Jordan Shelley and a bunch of other past and present elite athletes. Visit his website at

‘Athletics is bloody tough.’ This is the first thing any aspiring athlete should be told and
made clear.

The second most important advice we should give development athletes is ‘are you ready to strive to fail?’

Let me explain. If an athlete is only doing the sport so they can get instant gratification from a like on social media, or even worse, so their parents can brag about the medal they got on the weekend, then I have my doubts about your survival in the sport long term.

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