Olympics inspire budding athletes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It’s game time.

Like a good number of people worldwide, our recent nightly television viewing includes highlights of the day’s Olympic games.

These amazing athletes in action are a sight to behold.

For the last several months – maybe even a year or so – our household has been fascinated by gymnastics and swimming.

The middle girl started out with a love of tumbling. She taught herself how to do a (a not too bad) cartwheel and then moved on to front flips and handstands against the bedroom wall.

I found her one day with the old runner rugs lined up like a mat in the back yard and heard the infamous words, “Hey Ma, watch this.”

Then, I caught her recruiting her baby sister into being a spotter. It was then I knew we needed professional help. So, she’s signed up for a combo tumbling/gymnastics class at a local dance company.

Earlier in the summer, all three girls took swim lessons through the city’s rec department. The oldest knew how to swim, so it wasn’t fair that the other two got to go, and she couldn’t. While there, I was pleased to watch all of their progress, and the oldest especially after she mentioned she might like to try out for the swim team.

“I’m only good at the back stroke,” she said.

I told her the competitions are just like Apple.

“You’ve heard ‘em say, ‘There’s an app for that?’ Well, there’s also a competition just for that,” I said.

It got her to thinking, I could tell.

As new coverage plays each night across the television screen, I plan to remind them they can do and achieve anything and everything they set their minds to.

Do I think the middle girl is Olympic gymnast material?

Do I think the oldest girl is Olympic swimmer material?

I don’t know the answer to either of those questions, but I plan to give them every opportunity to find it out the answer.

In Covington County – and especially in Andalusia – we are lucky enough to live in a community that fosters children’s imaginations, gives fantastic creative outlets and provides tremendous athletic stimulation.

We can supply the outlets. They have to supply the desire to achieve.

So, game on – and don’t forget soccer sign up is Aug. 1-15 in Andalusia.

I’ve got a leftie who’s fast and another that’s quick like a spider monkey. See you on the field. Who knows, one day it could be the Olympic field.