Table Tennis England The Winning Edge Issue 6 - Page 17

A coach needs to tailor their words into language that can be understood . Get to know your players and get to know how they communicate . There is not a one size fits all solution and each individual is unique .
Tim Holtam - BTTC coach
HARRY ’ S GAME 17
The success of Brighton ’ s inclusive Level 1 course last spring has seen another planned for 2017 , with diversity again being an outstanding feature .
Last year , Harry Fairchild became the UK ’ s first Level 1 graduate with Down ’ s syndrome , but he will soon be joined by three other coaches with the learning disability , including Chris O ’ Flinn ( right ).
‘ It ’ s like thunder and lightning in my head ,’ O ’ Flinn explains of his Down ’ s syndrome experience , one which has been improved by his participation at Brighton Table Tennis Club ( BTTC ).
‘ BTTC have taught me how to feel good about myself . I am a multi-tasker now – I know I can carry on . I ’ m always healthy and realise the benefits of looking after my body . Eat well and take sport – it will all help you .
‘ Everyone there has become my family – I ’ m a new man because of it . They are my future and I would never leave them . They have shown me the way to get through my situation .’
Now O ’ Flinn is moving into the coaching sphere , his priorities are changing towards helping others get the most out of the sport .
‘ This is a big motivation for me . I could teach young kids , other adults with learning disabilities and the golden oldies in the future .
‘ You see , I don ’ t see myself as disabled any more . I feel fit , strong , powerful and successful through achieving in table tennis .’
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A coach needs to tailor their words into language that can be understood . Get to know your players and get to know how they communicate . There is not a one size fits all solution and each individual is unique .

Tim Holtam - BTTC coach

This feature was previously published in magazine . Edited for publication in The Winning Edge by Ian Slattery .