Time and again, in interviews with medallists, we heard of the tremendous support parents and family had given. These are the minority.
Many parents look to the club officials to carry out the role of parents.
In my day, we were volunteers and unpaid.
Schools will do so much to provide sport but mainly they are concerned with team sport, not individuals.
If money is put into coaching at club level – help with travel costs, specialised equipment and financial help for active parents – progress will be made and youngsters will be able to enjoy the many benefits of being involved in sport throughout their lives.