26 Oct 2016
Nel is a Spartan SPrint finisher!
Two years ago Nel and Jo took part in the junior Spartan race.
This year suddenly she decided that she wanted to try Spartan Sprint for adults. The website estimated that the race would be about 6 km, but turns out it was 8km. She barely trained, but in the final week she managed a few monkey bars practices, one or two jogging sessions where she huffed and puffed away.
The morning of the race came, and I was a little anxious wondering if she'd be able to finish the course safely.
Here's a post I wrote on facebook :
When my first girl was younger she had some problems with coordination. She was also such a timid child that throughout kindergarten n primary one she would hide in toilets during games n sports time.
When we began homeschooling.. I found her a kind and understanding ballet teacher, I taught her swimming, cycling and we began going for jungle hikes in hopes that all these would help her.
Today she took part in the adult Spartan sprint.. I have to admit I was nervous for her... She took 4hours but she is a Spartan finisher!! So proud of her!!
It shows never under estimate a child.. And a child can overcome her fears and 'weaknesses' with time and space to grow.. With gentle guidance and patience... Like waiting for a tree to grow.
Anyway, she finished the race! She's a Spartan Finisher, and I'm so PROUD OF YOU NEL!