In light of the CocaCola Fiji Finals coming to an end yesterday and with the Pacific Super Rugby on as well along with the HSBC 7s tournament one can only imagine what it must be like to be in a relationship with an athlete. I must believe that being in a relationship with an athlete can bring its own set of challenges and rewards.

Here are some tips to help you manage life in such a relationship:

1. Communication is Key: Like in any relationship, open and honest communication is crucial. Talk about your schedules, expectations, and how you can support each other.

2. Respect Their Commitment: Understand that being an athlete often requires a significant time commitment for training, competitions, and recovery. Respect their dedication to their sport.

3. Find Balance: It’s important to find a balance between supporting your partner’s athletic pursuits and maintaining your own interests and goals. Make time for both of your needs and hobbies.

4. Be Flexible: Athletes often have unpredictable schedules due to training sessions, travel, and competitions. Be flexible and understanding when plans need to change suddenly.

5. Take Care of Yourself: While supporting your partner, don’t forget to take care of your own physical and mental well-being. Make time for self-care activities and pursue your own passions.

6. Celebrate Achievements: Celebrate your partner’s successes and milestones in their athletic career. It’s important to show your support and encouragement.

7. Manage Expectations: Understand that being in a relationship with an athlete may come with sacrifices, such as missing events or spending less time together during busy seasons. Manage your expectations accordingly.

8. Build a Support System: Surround yourself with friends, family, and possibly other partners of athletes who understand the unique challenges you may face. Having a support system can help you navigate any difficulties.

9. Be Patient and Understanding: Being an athlete can be mentally and physically demanding. Be patient and understanding during challenging times, and offer your support however you can.

10. Enjoy the Journey: Despite the challenges, being in a relationship with an athlete can also be incredibly rewarding. Cherish the special moments you share together and enjoy the journey as a team.

Remember, every relationship is unique, so find what works best for you and your partner and prioritize mutual respect, love, and understanding.