Here’s my latest article from Squash Magazine:
As the world’s sportsmen and women meet in Rio Di Janeiro, I ponder on what Pierre De Coubertin might have thought about an International Olympic Committee that repeatedly snubbed the sport that is widely acknowledged to be the ‘world’s healthiest sport.’
Perhaps he would reflect that the modern Olympics has no need of a sport that is deemed to be the ‘healthiest’ and the ‘fittest.’
Perhaps he would reflect that the organizing powers might feel uncomfortable with healthy and fit athletes.
Or that perhaps they no longer recognize those attributes as being laudable.
Perhaps Citius Altius Fortius is no longer necessary.
He would have to accept that the Olympic Committee no longer strives for those very ideals that he founded the modern Olympics upon.
He would have to accept that in the modern world there are limits to the Olympic Ideals – that giving up on excellence is Ok and that not trying is acceptable in the face of pressure.
Oh well – I guess Squash will have to strive for its own Olympic Ideals.
Is it a fair question to ask whether or not the modern Olympic organization merits the title Olympic? Are they truly pursuing De Coubertin’s principles?
Aug 9th 2016.
I was delighted to retain my Canadian National 55+ title today at Mayfair Athletic Club’s Lakeshore Blvd. location in Toronto this morning.
My opponent, no 2 seed Mike Blythe,played very well in the first game, coming back from 6/10 down to win the first game 12/10.
However after some calming words from my coach, I was able to right the ship and came through to win 3 games to one.
I would like to thank: my coach – my darling wife Pat Millman, my trainer Brian Elzey from Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore,my practice partner – Squashwise’s own Zach Bradley and my sponsors:
Imask Protective Eyewear (@imaskusa), my racquet and show sponsor – Harrow Sports (@harrowsports), my tart cherry juice and anti-inflammatory extraordinaire Cheribundi (@cheribundi).
Roll on the World Masters in Johannesburg South Africa!
I am in the process of trying to put together a plan for the World Masters in Johannesburg SA this September.
I need to know if there are players from the USA and Canada that might be interested in an altitude training camp with me in Salt Lake City this September – whether or not you intend to go to Johannesburg.
The program would be 6 days of boot camp including intensive coaching/training with me, plus matchplay against local players.
Please message me right away if you are interested in this camp.
Coaching is a very full life and at times extremely demanding.
But every once in a while the fruits of both the coach’s and the student’s labors offer sweet rewards.
Such was the case for me this weekend.
Simultaneously I was running a Millman Experience training weekend in The Research Triangle area of North Carolina, while one of my leading students and his teammates that I had had the privilege of working with for a week earlier this season were competing in the Hoehn ( B) division of the Collegiate Squash Association’s national team champs and also while many of my junior students were competing in the Mid Atlantic Regional Championships.
As you can imagine one can feel almost schizophrenic with so many invested interests.
Fortunately my Gemini birth sign helps me divide myself effectively and -Wow! what a wonderful weekend!
First I personally had a most fulfilling weekend with my Millman Experience group – all of whom visibly progressed over the weekend and went away apparently highly enthused to continue their development.
Next I had a wonderful text from my friend and student David Cromwell telling me that despite losing their no 1 player to Mono and he having had to step up to the number one spot, his Middlebury college team had wrested a famous victory today against Brown University – he himself winning in the fifth and his team mates demonstrating the team work and camaraderie that both I and their excellent coach Mark Lewis had encouraged them to build.
More music to the old coach’s ears.
Finally I received not one but multiple messages from the group of junior students that I am fortunate enough to work with at Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore.
I am delighted to say that all my students whether winners or losers seem to have performed extremely well at the Mid Atantic Regional junior champs at Meadow Mill this weekend .
I am proud of all of those that I am lucky enough to work with and I also share those congratulations with some of the other Meadow Mill coaches who work with these players.
Special mention to my students
Ben Korn -mid Atlantic Regional U19 boys champion
Cullen Little – mid Atlantic Regional U17 boys finalist
Rohan Korn – mid Atlantic Regional U15 boys Champion
Isaac Mitchell – mid Atlantic Regional U13 boys Champion.
As I said – all my players seemingly have stepped up and used the training that we have done together successfully this weekend – but for the four boys mentioned above – this is a wonderful and memorable milestone in their development.
The winning is frankly a bonus – the meat on the bones is that they focused not on the result but on the way they played and in performing got the result they deserved.
I know their will be many more weekends of mixed feelings and even disappointment.
But this weekend everything came together!