There was a piece on the radio about the most successful junior cricket team in the UK. They are from Bradford. The interviewer asked whether sports funding was a problem, and the club coach said it wasn’t. In fact he said that the players shared a lot of equipment, that they somehow worked things out. Asked about the secret of their success, he said it was complete passion and enthusiasm. 

A film I like at the moment is Seve, which is the story of the golfer, Severiano Ballesteros. His first club was the head of an iron attached to a stick; he played with it on the beach all the time. Then he gets a ‘hierro tres’, or three iron, and he uses it to play every shot. Then, at last, he gets a set of clubs. 

I was sitting watching Sebastian hit a tennis ball with his three wood and an iron today. He played for two hours in a field next to the caravan park where we are staying. He invented ‘holes’, pars were decided and he pretended to be different players. This is what enthusiastic kids do, and it’s great to see.

Of course it’s great to have the right equipment, but without passion we have nothing. I am grateful to all the people who bring their passion into my family’s life!

Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

One thought on “Passion….”

  1. I used to return from School at around 4pm and spend the next 2 hours playing football with a tennis ball up against a garage door.
    You cannot believe how much that helped me hone my “free kicks”
    I was “world class” potential – Charlie Cook at the time, but of course you have to be totally focussed and I wasn’t.
    The Seve movie just proves that point and what an amazing story of determination to get to where he dreamed.
    Andrew, I believe you are as strong as Seve and you can make things happen. You are the strongest man I know, Your wife Jane is the strongest woman I know, and your children are just so balanced.
    Focus on the future and it will get you there……..

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