2023 retrospective

2023 was an amazing year. So much came together for me in my 54th year of coaching. Two world records for Summer McIntosh and a career defining year for Ellyse Perry in cricket. Those  highlights did not come out of nowhere. I realize looking back on the year and my career the preparation, learning, networking that resulted in those performances. My tagline for years has been: “Coaching the best to be better.” These two women are the best and they will get better. I learned so much from them about commitment to excellence, the 24 hour athlete and the coach athlete partnership.

So where am I going in 2024? I am looking forward to more collaboration with the GAIN Network. Sharing ideas and growing professionally and personally. We will be moving to San Francisco, moving across country is not something you typically do in your late 70’s but it is an opportunity to grow and most importantly be closer to family (Actually across the street). California is home – being home again will be special.

Some thoughts to sum up 2023:

  1. Make the preparation be the separation – what you do when no one is watching is the difference make!
  2. A quote from Bertrand Russell that really resonated with me: “The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
  3. Aristotle said “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

Have a Healthy, Happy and Safe New Year

-Vern Gambetta, Director of Curiosity, GAIN Network