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Edward began playing tennis at the age of 5 in a program that was called Tiny Tots Tennis, where half the court was used and a smaller lower net was arranged in order to give the little ones the best chance to play the game. He plays tennis to this day.

Apart from learning the rules of engagement and discipline of the game, Ed learned life lessons that may not have been accessible to him in any other way. Tennis is mostly not a team sport, so the responsibility of winning or losing rests solely with the player. This taught Ed resilience, especially under pressure. He learned how to lose or fail, without blaming somebody else, and without blaming and shaming himself he would adapt by trying harder with more practice or acquiring new skills. He learned about success by winning, which also taught him how fleeting it could be and he learned that this temporary state was the same fleeting experience of losing. In essence, the value of each could only be maintained through resentment for failure or inflated ego for success which he then realized through the continual play of the game were both senseless and not important and not helpful to get the job done.

On many occasions due to bad line calls he would lose a game or a match which taught him a sense of justice and honesty. Because he knew how it felt to be the victim of injustice, if his opponent hit a ball in and it was called out, he would fight for his opponents rights, which incidentally set an example for his opponents to do the same for him. Through the game of tennis, Ed practiced decision making skills, personal communication skills, physical body management and fitness skills and mental health skills. The game of tennis is like a rollercoaster ride and for a child trying to traverse the world of growing up, it offers a safe environment to experience emotions and states of being that in this modern world are mostly cotton woolled around them.

Katrina Rose