What are your favourite sports?

Now I’ll be the first to admit I am not a great sports fan of any one sport, however I do get excited whenever there are major sporting events coming up like the 2016 Olympics in Rio. There is just something exciting about seeing people compete and push themselves to their limits. It inspires you get out there and be the best at your craft, whatever that may be. When the race starts I get a surge of adrenaline that races through me and gets me completely enthralled in the game. I tend to love sports that are highly competitive that force you to work in teams so it’s no surprise that a few of my favourite sports are basketball, tennis and track and field.

When I think of my favourite sport, swimming is the first one that comes to mind. As long as I can remember I have been swimming. I first learned to swim at the age of 6 and have been hooked ever since. What I love about swimming is that it’s just you and the water, once you dive in the rest is up to you. Swimming is one of those sports that allow you to get lost in your thoughts. As you move on from lap to lap it’s easy to engulf yourself in your thoughts, which I love to do. Swimming also teaches you how to just take each challenge step by step. When I first jump into the freezing water I wonder to myself how am I going to get through these 50 laps. I’m exhausted I don’t know if I can make it through one lets alone 50. But I always tell myself just take it one lap at a time, so I break out into my freestyle, I shiver a little from the ice cold water then I start counting down laps. 1, 2, 3… By the time I get to the first ten I’m out of breath, but I keep going. I start to focus on my stroke, I think about how it feels slicing through the water. Before I know it I’m done for the day. With swimming I can take all my frustration out on the water and leave it there for the day. When I need to clear my mind, swimming never fails to do the trick.

One of my favourite sports to watch is track and field. Note carefully that I said “watch”. I am far from a track athlete, the furthest I have run is 5 km and that’s enough for me. There is no sport that gets my blood racing as much as a track and field event. The races are generally short, less than 5 minutes top but I think that’s what makes it so exciting; the fact that in such a short amount of time anything can happen. As you see the athletes lining up to the block you can’t help but wonder how nervous they must be. For most of them they have been dedicated to training nonstop for months on end and it all boils down to this moment. One of my favourite events to watch is the 100 m hurdles as they jump over those obstacles. In theory it seems like it would be fun to jump over the hurdles and race to the finish line. In reality I know that it must be quite a chore to focus your energy on clearing each hurdle without tripping and falling. I like the hurdles because I find that it is a much for challenging game technically than the 100 m dash for example. With the hurdles, one slip could cost you the entire race. If one hurdle slips over it could be just the edge your competitor needs to dominate the race. Therefore your success in the hurdles is not just about any one hurdle in particular but all of them combined. Another event I love is the relays. The relays again I find interesting because it depends on the strength of the team in order to win. With the relays, no one team has an advantage;the successful team is the one that master the art of team work and adapting to change.

My next favourite sport is without a doubt Tennis. As a child I used to watch the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon games and dream about smashing those tennis balls. While I do enjoy the sport I am far from an expert at it. But I have to admit that there is something about connecting the bat with the ball that is so incredibly rewarding. Of the other two sports I find tennis to be unique because it pits you directly against another opponent. So in that sense I think success is based not only on your building your strengths but exploiting the weaknesses of your opponent. If you know your opponent has a weak backhand what would you do? Send more balls in that direction. Tennis is also a very entertaining sport to watch. There is so much that can happen over 6 sets; you see tremendous rises and crushing falls all in the course of 2 hours. Tennis players are pushed to their limit with the whole world spectating and providingthe soundtrack for  their every move. Tennis is notorious for causing players to react in stress to their opponent or in other cases the referee, which makes for great entertainment. Tennis is one of my favourite sorts overall because it is mental as it is physical. You have to master running on the court, returning difficult shots as well as being positive by managing your emotions, no easy feat.

Although these are a few of my favourite sports there are many others ones that I watch or participate in occasionally. I love sports because it’s a way for people to connect with other people and have fun. There is something about competition that makes you want to push yourself and be the best. Even if you end up losing the game there is always a lesson to be learnt. For persons who play sports competitively, they know that there is a lot more discipline required to succeed than meets the eye. At lot of people think that performingwell at sportsis due to sheer talent like Michael Jordan. Now I agree Michael Jordan is insanely talented but I also believe that he has an incredible work ethic. Sports, like life is a game where you get what you put into it.

 

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