When I think about my early teens, the first thing that pops in mind is my swimming trainning. Not only about those long hours spent in the pool and at the gym, but also the hours I've spent wondering how I could push my limits. When I see teenagers giving themselves body and soul to the sport that they love, we instantly think about their health, to the fact that they're active as oppose to others. However, sport is more than that. Sport is both physically and mentally demanding. A great deal comes from between our ears. I remember how I would compete and place myself behind the starting block, clenched teeth. I looked straight ahead and told myself I could finish with the time I wanted. At all costs. I could and will accomplish this goal. I was commited. I thought my body was my machine and I was ready. This mental force was also implemented in other aspects of my life. For example, when I would head to a job enterview, I had this same desire of succeeding that animated me. Sports taught me to push myself, to be prepared for the inevitable pressure and perform in key moments. I'd lie if I told you it didn't help me when I studied theater or even today when giving lectures. Sports changed my young self and it changed me for life.
But I'm not the only one in this situation. I wanted to share with you how sport has influenced me and how it can affet young adolescent. In order to better understand the stake, I asked some of my friends to explain how sports have changed their lives. Without further ado, here are their responses:
Renaud St-Laurent works for the Carabins (University of Montreal's football team), sports fan as much as playing and watching the latter: "Team sports taught me much about interpersonal relationships, that applies terribly well to a work environment later in life. People's reaction in front of the success and the adversity, ways to collaborate, to express your leadership. Inevitably what makes me a better teammate in any task force."
Geneviève Asselin-Demers, engineer, 2015 Montreal marathon winner : "As for me, I understood at an early age how sport was about effort, sacrifice and rigour, spychological benefits it's brought me: reinforcing oneself's confidence and worth."
Karolann Arvisais, pharmacist, crossfit enthusiast, former figure skater: "For me, it taught me discipline, which I now apply in several aspects of my life, and in my work. Even to this day, I still find sport balances my life."
October 11th was decreed international Day of the girl by the United Nations. Did you know that today, 7 girls out of 10 don't feel like they belong on a playing field. This is absurd if you ask me. I felt lucky when I swam: we counted as many girls as guys in my team. I never felt I was in a man's world. But would've it been the same if I were to play hockey? Probably not. Whatever. This number scares me and it should push us to feel the need and desire to talk about sports and giving us to will to translate our passion to future generations. Girls often stop doing sports when puberty hits, simply because their body is changing and don't recognize themselves anymore. I found it to be really sad.
That say, I'm happy and honored to work in collaboration with Always in order to share with you my love for physical activity. Always has set itself the task to change those shocking statistics through its #LikeAGirl campaign , that aims to maintain confidence in young women who are going through puberty. In Canada, Always supports confidence programms for girls with Canadian Women's Foundation which will help over 1000 girls aged from 9 to 13 years old this year only.
For more information:http://www.always.fr/fr-fr/a-propos-de-always/commeunefille
In fact, I've made this video about a month ago.
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