When I was a girl, our home was filled with Olympic spirit! My parents emigrated from England before I was born and we were a family with loyal traditions. Every 4 years we would hang the Canadian and Union Jack flags and sit in front of the telly to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies no matter what time of day it was. Screams for athletes from England and Canada rang from our home into the streets.
Each of the games holds different fond family memories for me which can be ignited simply by mentioning the athletes’ names. The athletes inspired me; I read everything I could to learn more about them, to find out the key to where their Olympic dream began and how they arrived at their goal.
By grade 5 I was officially an athlete; I was a member of the Junior National Track & Field team for shot put and discus. This was something I was actually amazed at, I had always been quite good at sports but not “amazing” at anything until the day when in grade 5 we learned to throw the shot put and discus in gym class at school. I had a natural ability which was noticed by my Track & Field loving teacher.
I trained 5 days a week and had events on weekends. This meant I often gave up social time with friends and felt a bit separated from my peers but the spirit was firmly driving me. The pull to compete and WIN settled deeply within me, creating a sense of pride, especially when I donned the Junior Canadian team jersey and marched in my first Junior Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
For 5 years my family was immersed in my Track & Field activities; road-trips to meets, sourcing shoes and any other gear I needed. It was a culture in which our family lived just like many other families with mini-athletes.
This athletic spirit is still alive in our home today.
Inspiring Canadian Olympic Athletes
The Olympics is the dream, for the athletes, their families and even the viewers. Every 2 years the Olympic Games bring the World together in the stories of the participants. I yearn to hear about their families and the commitments they’ve made to get the Olympian to the stage where their dreams come true. And, all of us get excited to get outdoors and be sporty in our own way because of The Games.
You can share how Olympians have inspired you to get active and get moving with your family by tweeting with the hashtag #inspiredto. You can see your tweet light up an interactive map of Canada, and check out some videos from our athletes at coca-cola.ca/olympics.
Keeping Kids Active
These days I am a Mother and am intent on keeping our girls active, thankfully they LOVE sports and are just at the right age to enjoy FUN exercise. Our family isn’t travelling to Olympic practices but we are found at gymnastics, swimming, hiking, building snow forts, tobogganing and many other activities which we enjoy.
This week, just before their swimming lessons, my 10 year-old asked if she can join the local swimming team so that she can have practice more often. WOW, heck yeah you can! Chances are she won’t be attending the Olympic Games but she will be getting more active and this Mom loves that idea!
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored, all opinions are my own.