Granddad always said to follow your dreams

Sarah Nickless, Clive Palmer


Creative writing is the medium for this reflexive narrative in which Sarah (currently twenty years old) imagines herself to be twenty years in to the future and offering careers advice to her children. The account transpires to be a form of life-counselling intended to guide her elder daughter and younger son as they begin to make decisions about what to do in their lives. After listening to her own voice she reflects, and follows her own advice with some affirmative action. The reflexive process of envisaging forward in time to reflect back yields a succinct lesson in decision making which may reflect the true paths of some people’s lives in sport. If so, it is hoped this account may be instructive in avenues of coach, player and parent education. An annotated reference list details sources of guidance that informed and inspired this story.

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