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“We play a sport. It’s a game. At the end of the day, that’s all it is, a game. It doesn’t make you any better or any worse than anybody else. So, by winning a game, you’re no better. By losing a game, you’re no worse. I think by keeping that mentality, it really keeps things in perspective for me to treat everybody the same.” this was stated by famous American Football Quarter-back, Tim Tebow. This means that no matter how good you are at sport, it’s the participation that counts! I know you may be thinking, why should you listen to me? Let me enlighten you of my sporting journey.
My parents tell me my eyes were first opened to sport when I had my first swimming lesson at the tender age of 6weeks old. Since then I have reached Queensland Level in swimming, athletics and cross country and practised dance my entire life.
But my most rewarding experience has been participating in team sports with my school friends such as volleyball and touch football. There are many health and social benefits to compete or participate in a sport. I believe that all IGGS students should participate in at least one sporting activity a year.
Sporting activities improve your health and well-being. Experts from the “In Sports” site, say that “Regular exercise can help improve the overall health of your entire cardiovascular system. A healthier heart means reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.
It also helps to reduce body fat or control your body weight.” It is clearly evident that sport can be beneficial to your health and well-being and therefore every teenager should participate in sport.
When participating in sport, your team mates may not be your everyday group of friends. This helps to develop social skills and create new friendships. I have tried many sports over my 13 years of living and have enjoyed each one of them. Personally, my favourite aspect about sport is the atmosphere created by everyone trying their hardest, working together and being able to experience it with my friends. Last year in 2018, I participated in my first school volleyball team. I became friends with girls who I had not socialised with before, and we created strong bonds that would last forever. We may not have won many games, but we certainly grew as a team from our first game to our last of the season. We learnt how to take defeat as a group not just as individuals because as per the acronym T-E-A-M, Together Everyone Achieves More. I have learnt from this experience to talk and meet many new friends. This proves that sport improves your social skills as well as allows the opportunity to make new friends.
Do you know what you should do? Get off your gluteus maximus and start a sport straight away. Sign up for any sport whether touch football, football, basketball, cross country, or one of the many others on offer. I challenge you to participate in at least one sport this year. Like the School Motto states, ‘Omnia Superat Diligentia’, diligence overcomes all. Sport will not only contribute to your health and social skills, but also to the IGGS spirit and pride you have during your school life. And if you don’t, well then, I guess it’s your loss. That you’re not a sport’s boss!
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