Last week my daughters entered their first TaeKwonDo competition. (I describe the event here). They were proud to bring these trophies home; and were astounded that they had tied for first place in their division. During the week there were still moments during which they walked up to them and admired them. My youngest still finds that she can’t quite believe what happened.
Winning in the competition has brought about a change in them. My pre-teen girls now follow their lessons with more determination. The skills they learned when practising the pattern for their green belt is now being transferred to the other patterns and sparring stances that they are practising. Their moves are sharper, their kias louder. They are determined to kick higher and are making more of an effort when performing the pattern. I see the girls stretching after their shower, and daughters kicking their legs up as they walk about in the house.
Practising for and entering the competition has contributed to building their confidence, and to their desire to do well in the sport they are learning. They are now eager to compete again. However, they need to wait until Fall.
Has winning a trophy or medal affected the way in which you approach your sport?
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