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7. How does one get into L&D?

from Zsuzsa Jablonszky, Chapter Leader, Durham Chapter

Someone once asked me once how I ended up in the field of learning and performance. I had to think back to this ‘eclectic’ historic evolution, as it dates back a few decades. As I pondered the question, I found myself realizing that some of the choices I have made in my past were based on a combination of curiosity and the desire to explore or learn about thing I knew very little about. It started in my early school days when I remember being discouraged from trying out for the gymnastics team because I was too tall. Gymnasts were supposed to be 5’4”, from Romania, appear delicate with a cute child-like demeanor and with great sense of confidence. I was none of those. I have been 5’8” since I was 13 years old, broad shouldered, slim but strapping, with little to no confidence. “Take swimming,” they said. “Play basketball” “Go for the volleyball team”. Well I knew I was a good swimmer having earned a bronze medallion many years earlier. I didn’t care for basketball — it seemed too painful and aggressive. The volleyball team at the cottage earned me a position with a very competitive group. Gymnastics however seemed to offer all those things that I wanted to be: flexible, shorter, and more delicate; with a grace that seemed unattainable. So I opted for gymnastics. Following four years of 20-hour weeks in the gym with a Yugoslavian Olympic athlete-coach, our university varsity team turned out three Olympic athletes, none of whom were me. However, I did manage to make the team and compete at the Ontario level. I felt triumphant! more

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