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Handling the press

As a first team captain, you’re already well on your way to sporting stardom and everything that comes with it. So, you better start preparing for the media storm heading your way! We thought we’d give you a little bit of help by putting together some footage of sports stars who have been able to master the pressures of the press…
 

Be on your toes and be aware of your surroundings…
Remember - if you’ve got a microphone, an interviewer and TV cameras in your face, there’s every chance that you could be on live television. So make sure, as Wayne Mardle demonstrates here, that you always remain cool, composed and polite...


 
 

Make sure excitable relatives are kept on a leash and away from the spotlight…
Your parents will undoubtedly by proud of everything you achieve. So maybe try, as Chad le Clos did with his father, to keep their involvement with the press to a minimum. If you don’t the consequences could be, well, ‘unbelievable’.....


 
 

Remember the country you’re from and how you talk when you’re in it…
You’re going to be playing around the world and experiencing different languages and cultures. However, when you’re in a press conference, remember that if you don’t know the language or the accent, it’s probably a good idea to be yourself and stick with your own. Ask Joey Barton...


 
 

Violence is never the answer…
As a top sportsman or women, an interviewer will sometimes try to get under your skin. If this happens, bear in mind the importance of staying calm and not biting the bait. England international James Haskell knows this more than most...


 

Try to keep the possessive boyfriend or girlfriend out of the way…
With all the media scrutiny surrounding your every move, we recommend that you always handle your own press. Others just may not be able to cope with the pressure in the same way that you can. Have a look at Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne, he knows what he’s doing (or Liz Hurley does)....