Table 3. Representation of the meaningful and coherent views of world-class Caribbean track and field athletes in relation to their developmental experiences during childhood and adolescence.
SUPERORDINATETHEME HIGHER ORDER THEME LOWER ORDER THEME RAW DATA THEME
CONDUCIVE SPORTING ENVIRONMENT Training mode ‘Play for fun’ Fun, no pressure to winNo training structure, multi-sport participation
‘Serious work’ Serious, goal orientedStructured training, increased training volume and intensityDifficulty adjusting to transitionIncreased time commitment
Competition mode ‘Fun and Games’ Bush games/village sport participation, extrinsically motivated (prizes)
‘Compete to win’ Competitive mind-set, increased pressure to winDifficulty adapting to high-competitive environmentCompetition defeat as motivation
‘Eye-opener’ International competition as eye-opener
FUNCTIONAL SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORK Family influence Family involvement Parent proactivenessFamily support (emotional, financial, physical)
Family sporting history Rich family sporting historyParent sporting background as incentive
Coach influence Leadership qualities Coach belief and supportCoach as mentor
Coach-athlete relationship Liking and trust (closeness)Father-mother figure / friendIncreased reliance on support from coach
Peer motivation Peer rivalry Motivation to compete with peers
Peer camaraderie Socialize with like-minded peersIncreased reliance on support from significant other, teammates
KEY ORGANIZATIONAL INPUT Talent recruitment Recruiter Early talent identification (teacher, coach, parent)
Industry support Industry support Support through national federations, sporting scholarships, professional contracts,Financial, educational, facilities, equipment etc.