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Month: September 2019

The Life after Sports Dilemma of an Elite Professional Athlete

The Life after Sports Dilemma of an Elite Professional Athlete

By Lazaros Ioannou, APC Sports Consulting Limited Professional athletes, whether competing within a team or performing at an individual level, have to deal with the life-after-sports dilemma at the later stages of their sports career.  When it’s time for athletes to retire they find it difficult to decide what to do next in their life after sports in terms of their employment. In your post sports career, you will have to decide between two main options:  Becoming an employee or…

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Interview with Vladimiros Tziortzis, Formula 3 & 4 driver

Interview with Vladimiros Tziortzis, Formula 3 & 4 driver

1. Discuss the transition from amateur driving to professionalism. Describe in brief your weekly/monthly routine as a professional race driver, the challenges faced and the sacrifices required in your personal life and the life away from your home country. To begin with, from the age of 2-3, I remember my father taking me on rallies, in Cyprus. At the age of 5, he asked me if I wanted to go with him at a racing truck in Larnaca to watch a…

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The Dream Team of an Elite individual sports performer

The Dream Team of an Elite individual sports performer

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor Gaining elite athlete status and keeping yourself on top form requires hours and hours of hard, mental and physical training.  Training occupies the greatest part of your days and there is no time, even for the simplest everyday chores; you need people, a team, to help you and support you during your journey to excellence! The choices you make during your career will determine how your life will be after the end of your playing days,…

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Juggling a family and an elite career in individual sports

Juggling a family and an elite career in individual sports

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor In the 2016 Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold and 28th medal overall in the 4×100m, and at the same time, he broke the world record of the most gold medals won in a single Olympic Games event, which had stood since 1972. Also in 2016, a few months before the Olympics, Phelps’ son was born.  So, can an elite athlete manage to have both a successful career and a family? Being an…

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Athletes’ Financial Sustainability in individual sports

Athletes’ Financial Sustainability in individual sports

By Andreas T. Themistocleous, Contributor When discussing athletes’ salaries and overall personal revenues, it’s normal to think of professional sports in the USA where male athletes make millions in salaries and more millions in endorsements. The Jordans, the Lebrons, the Bradys of this world, do in fact make money that can financially secure their entire life plus their families’ lives. The Messis and Ronaldos of this world have annual commercial deals in place that far exceed their annual salaries. However,…

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September 2019 Editorial: The Challenges of an Elite Career in Individual Sports

September 2019 Editorial: The Challenges of an Elite Career in Individual Sports

September 1, 2019 The life of an elite athlete in individual sports can be a very lonely one; long practice hours, extensive travelling around the globe, not much time to spend with family or cultivate friendships, and the list goes on.  An elite sports career takes a lot of hard work; a strict training schedule, strenuous and consistent practice and foremost, personal sacrifices. The challenges faced by elite athletes in individual sports are many; financial difficulties; parental and social pressure;…

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