In the past week I have been reminded of this statement many times. From the banner that hangs on the wall at the gym we competed at last weekend:
Medals do not make champions, HARD work does.
to my daughter's performance at her competition last weekend. I was so happy to see her competing new skills – for the first time in one year – that any scores or awards she received were just icing on the cake.
Then there was my youngest daughter's major accomplishment last night at swim practice – she had the maturity to make it through practice with a different coach who pushed her a little harder than she expected (because he knows she can) and rather than giving up, she swam hard – probably one of her best practices yet.
And at one of my favorite daily reads, Gymnastics Coaching, there were three separate articles this week that highlight the process, not the medals:
- Why we coach kids
- What's important aside Olympic medals – and you have to read Sport At Its Best – Clara Hughes interview
- And I absolutely love – What are we teaching our kids at competitions
Remember, it is the journey rather than the destination that is the true reward in sports (and life).
Have a great weekend!