My 15 year old son just called to say he has been awarded a team blazer for athletics. At his school this is a huge honour, especially for grade 10’s.
He has the most amazing ability to make up his mind to do something and then to keep working steadily towards it.
Athletics has never been his main sport but before this season began he determined that if he worked hard at his times he had the possibility of earning the cherished team blazer.
He learnt to hurdle for the first time and immediately made the 300m distance his with a silver placing – competing against under 19’s as this is only a senior’s race. He did his best for the team with the 100m hurdles, inspiring others to improve themselves and so take over from him in this less suited distance. And he put his heart into the 400m flat race, steadily increasing his speed until getting within .06s of the school record.
Throughout the season he struggled with the pain of shin splints from a combination of high training levels and some poor structuring in his own body which required physio and additional rehabilitative exercises. Because he wasn’t a senior he sometimes had to give up his place in the 300m hurdles to an older but slower athlete. Throughout the disappointments and the pain and the hard work he never lost sight of the goal – without hurting anyone else he just kept at it.
I am humbled by his focus and perseverance. The recognition is well deserved.