Living life through coaching

2018-05-15 06:00
Coach Scott Kilmister.PHOTO: Supplied

Coach Scott Kilmister.PHOTO: Supplied

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THE Pinetown Fever reporter Nosipho Mkhize chatted to St Benedict Coach Scott Kilmister, who was appointed this year, to find out more about his life as a school coach.

  • When and where were you born?
  • I was born on January 25, 1995 in Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.

NM: Please tell me a bit about your childhood.

SK : I lived in Tanzania for a little while, but spent the majority of my childhood living and schooling in Hillcrest. I went to Hillcrest Primary School from Grade 1 to 7 and from there, I attended Westville Boys High School from 2009 to 2013.

NM : What type of sport do you coach at St Benedict School?

SK : I coach multiple sporting codes at St Benedict School. I am involved in cricket, soccer, hockey and touch rugby from foundation phase right through to high school level.

NM : What inspired you to become a coach?

SK: Well, being a sports fan myself when growing up, I was naturally drawn to coaching. More than that though, I personally feel that there are valuable life lessons which are learnt through sport and I just wanted to be part of growing and nurturing our youth because they are the future.

NM : What else do you do besides coaching?

SK : Outside of coaching I am a student. I am studying business management through UNISA.

NM : What are the challenges you face as a coach?

SK : Coaching poses a number of challenges including managing children with learning disabilities, juggling different coaching sessions and ensuring that the children are actively involved and focused on a specific drill or activity at a specific time.

NM : What are the biggest mental tools that one needs to be successful as a coach?

SK : I believe that the most important mental tools includes having a strong positive attitude and a passion for what you are coaching. The players feed off this and it inspires them to push themselves further. Compassion and patience will also serve you well along the way.

NM : How has your experience been so far [as a coach]?

SK : It has been awesome thus far. I am learning from the children and identifying with them personally has taught me how to coach them to be the best that they can be. I feel that I still have much to do but I am definitely on the right track.

NM : A message to the youth.

SK : First and foremost you should listen and absorb what your coaches are telling you. Grow a passion for your sport and don’t just rely on the training you get at school, if you really want to push further and excel you will need to train after hours as well. Sport is an incredible platform to make life-long friends, as well as a good place to learn time management, discipline, sportsmanship and leadership. Work hard but have fun.

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