Pat Payne: a winning quality

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  • Pat Payne, mum to Olympic Games swimming hopeful Keri-anne, gives her tale of being a mum to a London 2012 Olympic Games Athlete in her weekly blog. This week, Pat shares her advice for improving a sporting child’s confidence…

    It’s less than a month now until the London 2012 Olympic Games and Team Payne are all getting very excited – and nervous. After competing in the Great London Swim and the Great North Swim, Keri-anne is concentrating on staying injury-free and making personal appearances. I still can’t get used to seeing her on TV and billboards.

    She hasn’t always been so confident – in fact, when she was little she would hide behind me if we were with people she didn’t know and not say a word. It was funny as we used to call her Miss Chatterbox at home!


    Boosting their confidence 

    • Listen carefully Take your child’s worries seriously, even if they don’t seem very important to you they will be to them.
    • Get them busy Activities outside school and home will help your child develop at their own pace and will help them to become independent.
    • Be positive Believing in your child’s abilities is a sure-fire way to boost their confidence.


    How my shy girl blossomed 

    Keri-anne was a very shy little girl and people would always comment on it. I never worried or made a big deal about it because I knew what she was really like. At home, she was as loud and chatty as her brother and sister and just needed a bit of reassurance and encouragement from me.

    Next time: enjoying mother-and-daughter time

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    Pat shared her tips for feeding a sporting child 

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