Why I became A Newmarket Gymnastics Coach
This would be simple to explain, were there one simple reason for my decision to become a Newmarket gymnastics coach. Many of my peers have fallen on the opportunity to instruct the sport they love and get paid for it, while others have seen it as a noble occupation, and pursued it as such. I must say that there is no more or less merit to either of these circumstances, and it isn’t my intent to express this. Here, I simply want to share my journey.
I have been asked before, in fact many times, about my reasons for becoming a Newmarket Gymnastics Coach. These inquiries are mostly met with the often recycled and overused declarations of love for the sport, or at times, and more annoyingly so, I may refer to how imparting knowledge makes me feel; how gratifying it is to help someone learn something new. Now, I’d be lying if I claimed that these clichés carry no value in my experience – they do – but I’d be more dishonest if I were to say that I started coaching Newmarket gymnastics at the age of sixteen (16) because it appealed to my nobility. The truth is that I needed a job; I was in high school, about to get my license and wanting all the girls to pay attention to me, which would necessitate nice clothes and perhaps the ultimate statement of coolness in an adolescent existence: access to a car.
As luck would have it, or likely due to my natural charisma, I had caught the fancy of a cute blonde in my grade, who repeatedly bragged about being able to flip. She happened to be into Newmarket gymnastics, and a very good one at that. After about a month of teenage infatuation, several movie dates, a driving permit, and dad’s worryingly skeptical face when asked for money by me to go see my girlfriend, reality set in. It may have been as providential as meeting this flexible sweetheart that I would be asked to come and visit her at the gym where she trained, a gym that by chance was looking for a young person to supervise birthday parties; the rest is history, and may I add very interesting. I took the job, as even if it wasn’t glamorous it beat working in a fast good joint. No offense intended to those lovely folk who work in the fast food industry.
So, there I was in a Newmarket gymnastics facility playing with kids on trampolines, jumping and swinging from bars, having a great old time and getting $10/hour for doing all that. This continued for about 3 months, a time during which I was given access to an entire gymnasium where I could improve my self-taught acrobatics. I had learned some back and side flips while I played Capoeira several years before my young love affair, and I was good at doing it, I was fit and let’s face it, I am closer to monkeys than I am to humans. This ability to flip caught the attention of a great coach who had recently been hired by the gym to start a power tumbling class, and within months of having been asked to try it, I was doing double backs and multiple twists in combination at the end of a long line of whips and back handsprings. Up until this point I had not had the opportunity to coach a real gymnastics class or taught any acrobatic skills to an unsuspecting victim. And then, it happened. My coach asked me to help a younger athlete with a number of basic skills. Having successfully gotten the young enthusiast to achieve better control of her maneuvers, I was hooked. Coaching others did something special, it allowed me to look at my own skills on other people and it helped me understand corrections better; in fact, it made me a better athlete.
Yes, I love coaching, and I love the feelings I get by doing it. But these feelings are something that came after I realized the full benefits of being a coach on my own progress. And though this presentation of my reasons for being a coach my not appear as noble as the others I usually give to dismiss a dishonest conversation, they are more so. They are noble because my choice to become a coach didn’t come from thinking I was good enough to teach, but that by teaching I become better at what I do.
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Thanks for another great article Peyton Dracco! Peyton is a fantastic writer and trampoline coach & Newmarket gymnastics coach.