Inspiring a generation?
This weekend saw the launch of the Olympics. I’m the first to admit I’ve not really been that interested up until this point, but I watched the opening ceremony out of interest to see what it would be like, honestly expecting it not to be that great; however it was actually really good.
I think it’s great to see so many people coming together to achieve something so spectacular however the thing I really love about the Olympics is the number of young people it is inspiring. Having watched interviews with both young and old people, you get the sense of both pride and ambition radiating through. Many young children have been inspired by the Olympics and now dream of being the next World champion Olympic diver or appearing on the World stage in years to come – and my daughter Kayleigh is no different.
During the Olympics we’ve had one of the various channels on to watch snippets of the live sport but the one sport that has really caught Kayleigh’s eye particularly is the gymnastics. Other than being completely mesmerised by the tumbling gymnasts, Kayleigh has now declared that she would like to do that too. I am now running around trying to find a gymnastics class for her to attend! This then got me thinking, what age is too young to get children into sport?
Kayleigh will be four this year and as her confidence grows so does her desire to participate in lots of sports and activities. My thought is that if she enjoys taking part; why not allow her to experiment? It gives her the chance to experience lots of different activities until she finds something that she really enjoys.
Do your little ones enjoy a sport or activity?