Behind every great athlete is a great coach! Often the unsung heroes, the ones cheering the loudest from the sidelines, the role of a coach is often key to the success of an athlete. And what a varied role this is: motivator, instructor, advisor, critic, counsellor, organiser and ultimately friend.
Sydney Siame, the first Zambian to win gold in the 100m sprint at an Olympic event at Nanjing 2014, is just one of the many Young Olympians who understands how important the athlete-coach relationship is. On the topic he said, “He’s the one who knows my weaknesses and my strengths. It’s very important to have a coach, he is able to discipline me and to teach me a lot of things.”
In this video we hear more from Sydney and other athletes at the Youth Olympic Games on what their coach means to them.