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The One Eyed King

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They say that in the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king. The point being that when all other things are even, the person with even a small advantage stands out, even if they are limited themselves. But what does this have to do with High Performance sport? Firstly, lets define High Performance sport.

In Australia it is very kindly defined for us by those who give us the money to do it, just so there is no confusion. The High Performance Pathway is where you are working towards Olympic (and/or World Championship) medals in consecutive Olympic Games. So actual High Performance is the end of this pathway: it is when you are in the last steps before the medal, or have already medalled and are going for another one.

So for the blind man one eye was enough, but for a high performance athlete what is enough? Surely if you are striving to be at the pinnacle of your sport, then the more the better. If strength is important, then you always want to be stronger. If height is importa…