I Learnt Some of Life's Best Lessons Playing Team Sport, and This Is Why It's Important
During the last two weeks, I've spent way too much time watching Women's sport. And whether it was a result of a complete sporting overload, or just the excitement, watching all that sport really got me thinking about all the ways in which participating in sport has impacted my life.
I was fortunate to grow up in an environment where playing sport wasn't just encouraged, but almost expected. From a young age, sport was a regular, non-negotiable activity. Something you were expected to show commitment, and willingness to, regardless of whether or not you actually possessed any form of athletic prowess.
Besides the friendships and great memories formed that team sports naturally lend themselves to, I'm pretty certain I also learnt the majority of life's hard lessons while participating in sport as a young adult. Whether riding high after a well deserved win, or nursing a bruised ego, it was these moments that laid the foundation for many important lessons that would go on the serve me well, once I entered the "real world."
It's the ability to learn these lessons, and more often, make the many mistakes that accompany them within the safe context of sport, that makes it so important to ensure both girls and young women are not only encouraged, but have an equal opportunity to participate in sport, both during, and after their formal education.
As far as I'm concerned, there's much more to be learned from sport just than how to kick a ball. Keep reading for all the things that sport taught me about how to live life.