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22 02 2010

Entering the room, looking suave with his military boots and thick cardigan, you might have mistaken that Jonny Chowney was indeed a model. However, as the old cliché goes, looks can be deceiving.

You would have completed misjudged him, slightly critical towards a man who will feel he could easily stroll down the catwalk in a Tom Ford suit, but he wanted to be in a profession which is known for men grabbing each other on a muddy field.

The 18 year old is currently at Southampton Solent University in which he is studying for a BAHons degree in Business studies. Now you must be wandering why on earth I have informed you of this? This is the sports section; you are not slightly intrigued about this young man. You want the latest information on the Cesc Fabregas fiasco.
I was interested in finding out some information on this former sports prodigy.

It has been discussed and is quite evident in sports that this country is not producing enough talent. For example in football we are wondering why does Spain have a wealth of talent in which they can leave unnoticed, while we are desperate for this scenario and maybe damage the talent we do have with too much hype.

“I think it is worrying to see the lack of talent being produced. It’s weird. You go to your local under 15’s games and you can see there is a wide range of potential. “So where are we going wrong? “It could be a coaching issue, maybe the governing bodies need to ensure that the coaches need high badges or are tested more regularly.

Chowney started playing rugby in year seven after he progressed onto secondary school at Gordon’s school. As you would presume, after getting a keen appetite for the game, he wanted to pursue it on a more regular basis and joined his local club Weybridge Vandals.

“I preferred rugby to other sports because I found rugby an exciting and fulfilling game which had great ethics towards the officials, opposing players and the fact that I believe rugby is a more skilful game than say football.”

“I have represented various clubs when playing rugby. In Year 10 I was selected to play for Surrey. And in Lower 6th I was drafted into the London Irish Academy.”
It looked like things were going to plan. Playing for a creditable teams academy along with taking his A levels, Chowney might have had a tough decision ahead of him, which path to take?

“The main reasons for me not continuing a rugby career was that I was released from London Irish Academy at 18 years old, and instead of pursuing a career in rugby I decided to then go into education.”

He was lucky in some senses that the club didn’t stutter his life. Footballers have to make a pure dedication to their teams, and when they turn 16 are encouraged to leave school after their GCSE’s to train fulltime. Now this is very risky, if like Chowney, they are released in a few years time it will be difficult to get a job. In the modern day not only with the aftermath of the recession but also with most businesses only taking applicants seriously if they have A levels and predominantly degrees.

“I do have one regret, and that is that I wish that I had worked that bit harder when I was at the Academy. I let myself get shy in many situations that affected my performance and didn’t let me show my full potential.”

So surely the reason we are failing to produce flocks of talent in sport regularly is because we have bad traits. We are lazy; we don’t push ourselves hard enough. We believe that hard work isn’t necessary, that we can continue development without any graft towards this.

Slightly harsh perhaps, but if you look at countries surrounded in poverty, such as Brazil, they don’t have the provisions and facilities we do. Their youth play on the streets. How do they become so good? They work hard, and practice continually because they know sport can lead to a better life for them and their family.

It’s perhaps that mentality that is stuttering us as a nation. We are lucky to be a wealthy country who can give the children the best available. But perhaps they have it too easy. If they don’t have the luxuries then it will inspire them to have that extra drive.




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