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Australian Rugby Union Sevens Legend Tim Walsh on Coaching & Parenting

Tim Walsh has been a key figure in the development of Sevens Rugby Union in Australia. Currently the head coach of Australia’s national sevens men’s team, Tim, who is a long-time friend of Karma, began his illustrious career in 1999 as a Super Rugby fly-half for the Queensland Reds and for several English and Italian pro teams. In 2013 he became head coach of the Australia women’s national rugby sevens team who went on to clinch the gold in the 2016 Olympics Sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Tim took a break from pitch duties to stay at Karma Kandara this June with his family. We caught up with him there for a chat about coaching, parenting and his holiday.

On being a coach after being a player, he commented, ‘You can explain it better because you’ve been there and done it. There’s a lot of psychology and management and relationships in coaching. You’re trying to get the best out of people and create and environment where people have the opportunity to perform at their best.’

‘There are a lot of similarities and skills that you can learn from both,’ he said about coaching and parenting. ‘I’ve been told before that you become a better coach after you become a father. So the better parent I am, the better coach I’ll be, the better coach I am, the better parent I’ll be. When I say I’m off to work, I’m off to parenting I guess. As my son, Tiger says, it’s my job!’

Though Tim first visited Bali a decade ago, this is his first trip with his wife and two children. ‘As a rugby coach we travel around the world a lot and leave my kids at home so it’s really important to get a lot of quality time [on this trip]. I’ve been completely blown away by the experience [at Karma] so far. You look at the memories that we’re creating as a family, it’s going to be unforgettable. You can’t wipe the smiles off our faces. I think this will be a regular trip for the family for some R&R and quality family time.’

Check out the full video interview with Tim Walsh to find out what it’s like to train elite rugby players and the connection with raising a young family as well discovering what made his experiences at Karma Kandara so special.

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