Eira Parry parenting athletes on RowingChat


Eira is a rowing coach and athlete who started High-Performance Parenting offering support for parents of athletes involved in any sport at any level. HPP runs seminars, workshops and 1-2-1 sessions looking at subjects such as nutrition, anti-doping, sport/life balance and talking to a child about their sport.

As well as supporting and advising parents, HPP offers a great opportunity for parents to feedback to coaches, thus streamlining and synergising the parent/coach relationship.  Eira is passionate that the journey in sport should be positive and offer opportunities for growth and learning, for athletes, coaches and parents alike.

Listen to RowingChat with Eira Parry of High Performance Parenting on SoundCloud


01:00 HPP is for any parent of a child who rows
05:00 Top dos and don’ts for parenting sporting children.  Open communication with athlete and coach, Embrace making mistakes.  It’s their game not yours.
07:00 Effective dialogue – protocols for communication
09:00 New group induction topics – use parents as allies in the support network
15:00 Sport / life balance – don’t give up things because rowing has a high training load.  Periods of under-recovery are normal.  Morning monitoring.
19:00 The sporting journey should be fun for parents too.  Find out likely race outcomes and prepare your own emotions.
22:00 Nutrition for athletes – protein eaten regularly in meal and snacks – recovery snacks of carb + protein
26:00 What causes conflict in sport.  Selection decisions are hart to do transparently in rowing.  Empathise with your child, accept their disappointment.  Encourage then to ask the coach for feedback.
32:00 Can young people understand and learn from disappointments?  Are you going to be in sport for the long term?
37:00 Learn sporting heroes’ journey stories
38:00 How can a coach make fair selections?  Have a policy readily available. Key events, how the event crews will be selected.  The coach has final say.
40:00 What is the difference between sport and an unfair situation?
44:00 Dispute resolution – allow both parties to be heard.  Redress or not?
48:00 Peer group friendships and racing up an agegroup
51:00 Workshops for parents, nutrition, sport life balance, psychology, how to talk to your child about sport, recovery snacks, supporting your child.

Watch RowingChat with Eira Parry on YouTube


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Marisa Monteiro

    Hi, I have a teen girl who has recently been diagnosed with narcolepsy/cataplexy. She is a passionate rowing athlete, very seriously committed to this sport. Do you know of any similar case, to give us any help about situations she may face? Thank you.

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