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Sports for kids – sports for you?

September 19, 2013

A question for the foreign-born folks in Finland: How many of you have joined a sports club since you have moved to Finland? What do you know of Finnish sporting achievements? Have you achieved anything as an athlete / sports person in Finland?

It has taken me some time to get into it, but I am now back into organized sports. I have the Little Miss to thank for it (and my acceptable Finnish language skills). We’re both playing ringette this year! But, that’s another story. Ringette? See more here in a previous entry from April of this year.

When the Little Miss decided to quit circus school (“I hate the stretching!” she wailed.), I put her into track and field. Now while I wasn’t so sure she really liked it at first, I think we’re on the right path. It has taken some time, but now she seems to really enjoy it and it comes with the exposure. At the beginning she was unsure of herself, first because the coaches speak Swedish in her track club, but also because the sport was new. Leaps and bounds later, it’s fun to watch her confidence – and her skill grow. She was so satisfied with the outdoor season that she has agreed to continue when the indoor season begins in just a few weeks.

I had never seen kid-sized versions of the javelin, shot put, discus, hammer or hurdles until this year. I grew up in rural Northern Ontario, so these things would have been hard to come by. The kids here get to throw a “turbo” javelin (weighs about 300g) and when they get to throw the real thing it’s 400g. Neat!

I love watching her and the other kids learn all these new things – and they teach everything in her club – even the hammer throw (and race walking)! Even the five year-olds were throwing the kids’ version of the hammer. How cool is that? Last week the kids had an in-club competition and it was really amusing to watch some of the boys try and emulate the adults they have undoubtedly seen on TV. Their efforts at spinning and throwing (or swinging it over their heads and throwing) had varied results. A, for effort, I say! 🙂

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We undoubtedly live through our kids, but how about you? What’s your sport?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. anonymous permalink
    September 21, 2013 11:10 am

    That kids’ shot put looks suspiciously like a petangue ball…

    • September 22, 2013 9:55 pm

      Yeah, unfortunately I couldn’t track down the shot put they use for competition, but this was so small that I assumed they must use it for practices.

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