|My son receiving his gold medal |
at the Manitoba Summer Games
Which is why I find the following press release from Investor's Group to be spot on in terms of the commitment that it takes for both parents and kids to even participate in sports, much less excel. And I have to admit that there are times when I question the sanity of it all - whether we are teaching him the right life lessons by training him to compete - whether the vast resources used to build and operate expensive sport facilities for the few that use them is really justifiable - whether the many heartaches and disappointments that invariable go along with the triumphs and successes are really worth it - whether the potential for serious injuries should be so easily accepted - whether all the politics and favouritsm that sports seem to engender are dehumanizing us all.
But then there's that smile on his face when he knows he has achieved something great and all the hard work and sacrifice seems a little more worthwhile.
Nevertheless...says Investor's Group:
Canadian Champions in Training: Having Kids in Sports Demands Time, Money and a Plan.