Wednesday, 10 October 2012

‘I LIKE TO WORK’: Coach Glen Mills riffs on the meaning of success, his grandma, and fame and wealth

In the wake of an extraordinary 2012 season that saw his Racers Track Club athletes create stunning history on the track at the London Summer Olympics, Coach Glen Mills sat down with Profile’s Ian Boyne for the most personal and revealing interview of his illustrious career. Direct, utterly candid, and speaking in his carefully measured, easy-going drawl, Mills proved a rather engaging guest on the show. Below, highlights from the conversation: 

On shunning the spotlight: 
“The limelight is not really my thing. I like to work and see the effort of my work pay off. I like to see people happy from what I do, and so on. But the accolades and the glorification I’m not really into it. I’m just ready for the next competition.” 

On the satisfaction gleaned from helping youngsters: 
“It is a joy to see a young man or young woman develop and become an asset to themselves and the country. It is a fantastic feeling…Money is good to provide you with what you need in life for comfort, but in addition to that the greater use is in helping somebody else. The great Bob Marley said, ‘My life is only important if I can help somebody.’ It is gratifying.” 

On the single life and the possibility of marriage: 
“I’ve had my close encounters. But the thing is I’m not going to go into a situation where it looks good and then we start having problems. Remember that if you get married, you can’t divorce. So you have to make sure that if you go into [marriage] it is for keeps because if you divorce and remarry it is a sin… [Getting married] is still a possibility. It’s not too late. Maybe now is the right time (Laughs). We’ll have to see how it goes… I encountered a 21-year-old who said she’s in love with me; that must be [for] the money (Laughs).” 

On how his grandmother transformed his life: 
“She took really great care of me. I was her first grandchild on my father’s side. I guess she must have really loved me. She was a wonderful woman. One of my greatest regrets is that she is not alive so that I could do for her what she did for me. I’d want to repay her. She had a profound influence on me, especially the religious aspect of my life.” 

On his fatherly relationship with Bolt, Blake and the Racers family: 
“I treat them with the kind of respect I would like to get from them. Youngsters will respond better if they feel that you treat them in a manner where you more spend time to convince them of what is right. It’s about empowering them to think for themselves, but to influence their method. But you don’t try to make them into robots. We will have good, healthy conversations about life, about training, and competition… It’s not about hard work, but smart work.”

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1 comment:

  1. Like coach Mills, doesn't need to be in the lime light to feel good about himself. Lets his work speak for itself.