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I grew up playing sports and I am super thankful for that. In a lot of ways I wish I played longer and I played more of a variety. I started participating sports when I entered the 4th grade. My parents grew up in Jamaica where cricket and soccer were the sports of choice! They chose soccer for me. I liked it, but I felt that if I had started playing earlier like the other girls on my team, I would have acquired a bit more skill. All I felt I had to offer was speed. Fortunate for me, my dad was our coach and he played to my strengths.
Simultaneously I would play basketball in the off season and even tried some gymnastics. I quit not too long after as I didn’t have a flexible joint in my body. Fast forward to middle school where I joined track and field. I remember this very vividly because I was quite fast. I ran the 100 and 200 meters and confidently competed against surrounding middle schools. Although I never came in first place I always did very well.
I loved running. It was something I was good at but it also came very naturally to me. My body in a sense felt as if it was made to do just that. Long distance was not my thing- my muscles and legs were made for speed so that is what I focused on. After middle school I was transferred to an arts magnet school where sports were not an option. I later picked up running again, but often times wish I had the space, opportunity and time to continue to pursue sports.
Here I am now with kids of my own. Sports in their life is a big deal for Ben and I . Ava started playing soccer when she was 4 and has not stopped. The others followed suit and they all still play today. Since then Savannah has adopted Acro as a passion. She has private lessons weekly. Judah will start baseball this Spring. Our latest excitement in the sports world is cross country running! Their school is starting a club and they are PUMPED to join. Since then we signed up for a local race together as a family to get their legs used to a little bit more distance!! The most fun part is training together! I think cross country will be a blast this year, especially with some of their peers at school. As a mom, I never want the kids to get bored or complacent. I am hoping that a variety of sports will keep them engaged and motivated! We are wearing head to toe ATHLETA!! You can shop all of our looks HERE!
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