Book extract: What Kallis and Kirsten learnt from the coach

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Book extract: What Kallis and Kirsten learnt from the coach

‘The Barefoot Coach’ is packed with out-of-the-box thinking on winning, preparation, failure and working

Paddy Upton

In 2008, a few days after being selected to coach the Indian cricket team, Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton set themselves the goals of winning the World Cup in 2011 and becoming the number one Test team. After three years of their innovative and creative coaching, the team achieved these goals, and more.

Upton has worked with SA as the cricket world’s first fitness trainer, and he has been a mental coach in multiple professional sports. In 2012 he was appointed head coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Since then he has been head coach of five teams in 13 seasons across three of the world’s premier T20 cricket leagues.

The Barefoot Coach (http://www.thebarefootcoach.net/) is packed with out-of-the-box thinking and anecdotes on winning, preparation, failure and working to resolve life’s tangled knots. Inspiring, candid and unusual in its approach to coaching, and with fascinating breakaways into extreme sport, this is a must-read for everyone who wishes to enhance their performance, and their lives. ..

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