#coachlearninginsport Everywhen experiences

In May 1975, Gurindji people were successful in having an area of their own land excised from the Vestey pastoral lease at Wattie Creek in the Northern Territory. Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari celebrated the handover of the land at Daguragu. The event was recorded by Mervyn Bishop.

I have been immersed in conversations with coaches for the last two weeks and have the opportunity for two more weeks of meeting coaches 1:1.

This is my fifth year of conversations with this group of (twenty-five) coaches. Each time we meet a theme emerges that appears to resonate with them and me. On this visit it is ‘everywhen’.

We have been discussing learning journeys and career options. For some reason these discussions brought up thoughts about the anthropologist Bill Stanner.

In 1953, he wrote about Aboriginal Dreaming. Bill’s understanding was:

A central meaning of The Dreaming is that of a sacred, heroic time long ago when man and nature came to be as they are; but neither ‘time’ nor ‘history’ as we understand them is involved in this meaning.

He added:

 One cannot ‘fix’ The Dreaming in time: it was, and is, everywhen.

Why I think this has been an important conversation with coaches is that is has enabled us to talk about current practices … how we are.

It has been particularly helpful for me in discussions with coaches who are having difficulty finding a new job opportunity. The temptation in their job applications is to talk about past events. I have shared this quote about Aboriginal Dreaming from Bill with them to explore their everywhen:

they do not, in aversion from present or future, look back on it with yearning and nostalgia.

Although:

… it has for them an unchallengeably sacred authority.

Everywhen has been important too in conversations with coaches who are employed and have some security of contract. It has been fascinating to explore their practice including contemplation of the coach they will become.

The Dalai Lama came to my help too:

I have left this quote from Bill’s book to another conversation about journeys with coaches:

White man got no dreaming,

Him go ’nother way.

White man, him go different.

Him got road belong himself.

Photo Credit

In May 1975, Gurindji people were successful in having an area of their own land excised from the Vestey pastoral lease at Wattie Creek in the Northern Territory. Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari celebrated the handover of the land at Daguragu. The event was recorded by Mervyn Bishop and stored here.

Guy Griffith

Earlier today I wrote about A Guide to the Classics: or How to Pick the Derby Winner (1936). My post focused on one of the authors of the book, Michael Oakeshott.

The co-author was a colleague of Michael’s at Cambridge, Guy Thomson Griffith (1908-1975).

I thought I ought to redress the balance to find out more about Guy.

The most information I could find about him is an obituary (1986) written in the Proceedings of the British Academy. Guy’s photograph comes from there too.

Guy was a  Classics scholar at Gonville and Caius College from 1926. He was awarded a first class degree with distinction in Ancient history  which was essential to win a University studentship and undertake research. He became a research fellow in 1931. His doctoral research was on The Greek Soldier of Fortune. In 1935, he published The Mercenaries of the Hellenic World.

Nicholas Hammond‘s obituary has this information:

One remembers life in a Cambridge college in the mid-1930s as very enjoyable and relatively leisurely. During the racing season Griffith devoted two hours a day to the study of form and breeding, and he and his closest friend in caius, Michael oakesott, then a bachelor Fellow, went together to the races often at Newmarket and once at Epsom for the Derby and at Ascot. In 1936 they published a book which was remarkable both for its expert knowledge and for its humour and elegance: A Guide to the Classics – or how to pick the Derby winner. … a new edition was published in 1947 with the title A New Guide to the Derby: how to pick the winner. ‘All the learning was Guy’s’, wrote Oakeshott, and learning was the right word, for it was based on fundamental research, pursued over more than a decade.

Nicholas notes that Guy was successful in his horse betting career:

His winnings on the turf, we understood, enabled him to indulge his taste in vintage cars, as in vintage claret.

Guy became a University lecturer in 1937. During the War he was an air traffic controller in the RAF Volunteer reserve.

At the end of the war he returned to the University and was involved in Classics teaching and research for the next four decades.

He died in Papworth Hospital on 10 September 1985.

Photo Credit

Guy Griffith (Proceedings of the British Academy)