Fried Rich Athleticism.

Sometimes, players don’t want to hear athletic truth, because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

A little training is better than none or too much.

I’m comfortable translating other people’s dissembling speech.

Body image is created within the mind, thus be mindful of your health.

If the athlete knows why, they’ll consider the how and what.

The athlete wants two things : improvement and victory. For those reasons they train and compete.

An athlete should be content with being alone, the view from the summit has no companions.

Hoping to alter your reality is much less than doing something about it right now.

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If You Play Squash.

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If you can keep the ball in
    when the opponent cannot,
If you can trust your drop shot
    and play it reasonably above the tin.
If you can rally and not be tired by rallying,
    or be deceptive, with a hold and flick,
or be aroused, but still accept no let calls against you
    And don't play too fancy, nor argue vehemently.

If you can visualise - and not make visuals your mistress;
    If you can plan - and express those plans despite distress;
If you can meet with prosperity and scarcity
    And treat those two outcomes just the same;
If you can suffer to hear the facts you've spoken
    Misinterpreted by fools making them seem wiser,
Or discover the efforts you put in, unfulfilled,
    And refocus and restart your training again with an old racket.

If you can hunt for the crosscourt volley nick roller
    And risk missing and leaving yourself open,
And miss, but recover and scramble to the next shot
    And breathe calmly as you run rapidly;
If you can strive with cardiovascular capacity
    Beyond self doubt about your tenacity,
And continue onwards and upwards with a defensive lob
    To give time to recover the T for their next stroke.

If you can thank the officials and spectators graciously,
    And be humble in victory, and generous in defeat,
If neither opponents nor administrators can hurt you,
    If all stakeholders count on you, but none too much;
If you can fill the tie breaker in the fifth game
    With the stuff of your life,
This squash court is yours forever more,
    And - yes let's be a player of squash my friend!
by David Jarvis 20th May 2022.

If You Play Squash




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Frank Advice for Young Athletes.

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If an athlete pours their money into their athleticism, no one can take it away from them.

Having been obese is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

Avoid diminishing apologies with excuses.

There’s no shame in feeling angry, there is shame in being violent.

If you would know the value of training, try to improve without it.

Training is improving.

I didn’t loose the match, I just got less points than my opponent.

You may hold your shot, but eventually the ball will bounce twice.

Love the officials, for they tell you your faults.

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