Team sports made me who I am today. Sounds cliche I know, but it’s true. I would not be who I am right now without it. I was lucky enough that my parents let me try everything…they gave me every chance to find something I was good at and to hone in on it. They drove me every day from one sport to the other – to swimming at 5am every morning, to Netball, to Lacrosse, to track. The list was exhausting. And not to mention my two older brothers were in the thick of sporting life too. They didn’t complain, but seriously, what a slog.
Without sports I think I would have struggled to find my place in this world. I wasn’t a scholar student…and sports came easily. I ended up being a good student, but it was because I learned how to work hard at sports first.
As a parent of two young boys I have decided to let them try everything – and I will not ask them if they want to play sports, I will tell them they are playing sports. I don’t care if they are lousy at it as long as they give it a good crack because I know it will set a foundation for who they become. How they treat other people and perform in a team.
I’m not pushing them and I’m certainly not paying for them to just learn the skill of the sport, I am paying for them to learn how not to quit when things get hard, to learn discipline and dedication, to take care of their equipment, to learn how to be a good team mate, to handle defeat and love success, to learn how to handle disappointment, to keep trying, to strive for a goal in life, to be coachable and learn how to take instruction, to work bloody hard at something not just for themselves but for other people who are relying on them, to be proud of themselves, to never fear failing, to create lifetime friendships and memories.
As a parent, I know it’s important to find something my kids are interested in and foster the shit out of it. That’s where their confidence really grows. It’s their safe place when other things in life get hard.
Because of sport my life is so enriched…I have friends all over the world. I have learned a lot about myself. I can unashamedly back myself when things get tough, I can handle pressure and be rational in defeat. The investment my parents made was not for the skill of the sport it was for everything else – that made me, me.
We had a chat to Sophie Cachia AKA The Young Mummy about the role sport played in her life…
Did sport play a role in your life?