My ex sent a message yesterday afternoon with the youngest’s final results at the National Skipping Championships at the AIS in Canberra.
It said that she’d won “zip, zero nothing” but “still has a smile on her face.”
And I’m so happy with that.
I saw some very teary girls who struck out at the State Skipping Championships. I think it’s awesome that my little one can compete, not get a medal and still have a bulk fun time.
Sometimes that gets lost in the Aussie competitive streak these days.
Still, she placed 10th in the country in speed skipping in her age group, which isn’t too shabby.
She was a surprise speed category success so her coach hadn’t prepared a fancy routine for her Freestyle performance (only kids who place in the top 10 get to perform their freestyle routines for the judges) so while she was great, it wasn’t acrobatic enough for the top three.
I’m still really stoked with her effort though.
And she didn’t walk away entirely empty-handed – she scored a free T-shirt, a personal best certificate and a $40 hoodie from her dad.
Here’s a video of her in action (watch it without sound, I dubbed a terrible song over the top):
Now the kids are off to see their grandparents in Albury, then making a side trip to Falls Creek, I think.
I really, really miss them.
What are your kids up to this school hols?
Song of the day: Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon”
That’s awesome. Bless her! How brave and bold!
She’s my brave, bold little dynamo. Love her to bits.
Tenth in the country is amazing. She definitely has a better take on sportsmanship than me. Good on her!
Thanks Michelle. I can’t even imagine how much fitness is involved to skip that much.
I have no words for what I just saw – I can hardly keep the skipping rope going for 50 skips with no extras !!! She is really good – sorry she didn’t place but it’s so good to hear she came out with a smile – clearly you are raising a good egg here !!!!
She had a lot of emotional problems as a little one, sport gave her confidence. She loves it.
You’ve got to be proud to have raised a kid that doesn’t have to win. Who can be happy to be there and give their best. That’s what true sportsmanship is all about.
Wow, you must be so proud of her, so skilled, and loving what she’s doing. And it’s a huge achievement to even compete at National anything!
Turns out she’s the seventh fastest nine year old skipper in Oz!