This girl definitely believes she can and while she has this invaluable faith in her own abilities and doesn’t worry about what other’s perceptions are, there’s no doubt that I’m going to be right behind her cheering her on; dusting her off and praising her efforts.
The little lady is full of energy from morning to night and she is always up for some fun so we harness it in sport. At the park, in the gym or the pool it doesn’t matter where as long as she continues to have the self belief to give it a go, I’m more than happy to encourage her to embrace sport in its many forms. Even getting out on her bike, gives her the challenges that she needs to take ‘risks’ (of the sort that will in no way will lead to harm e.g dropping the curb or manoeuvring round a tight bend – I’m not a kamkaze Dad!) and in doing so her confidence thrives which carries over to other activities like her developing knowledge of phonics or her enquiries about space.
She’s also keen to practise until she masters something which is nothing to be sniffed at when you’re 3. She’s currently trying to master a move for gymnastics that requires some serious tummy muscles and despite the numerous fails, she only focuses on the wins because after all – this girl can!
We are big supporters of the This Girl Can campaign which returns today to inspire more women across the country to get active!
Women from all over can pledge their support and capture their own This Girl Can mantra image for social media using the web-based app (only on mobile devices).
Sport England CEO, Jennie Price, said: “This Girl Can has made a real difference since it launched, with the number of women doing regular physical activity and sport now at an all-time high. But there’s a lot more to do. Our research showed the dialogue many of us have in our heads about whether we look OK, whether we are good enough, whether we belong here doesn’t go away – we just learn to manage it. That’s why the reinforcement of seeing women who look like us playing sport and talking honestly about how they feel about it is so powerful.
A new message this time is something women don’t usually hear: it’s OK to take a break, to have a week off, to walk not run. No-one is saying this to us. Few magazines say it; sports brands don’t say it. Many of the women we’ve featured talk about stopping, then starting again. It can feel like the hardest thing in the world to return after a few weeks off, when you fear you’ve lost ground or fitness, but we want to surface this as a discussion point, to say it’s normal to take a break, but that needn’t stop you for good.’’
For more about This Girl Can, go to thisgirlcan.co.uk where you can find out about the women in the campaign, get tips on how to get active and join the national debate or follow This Girl Can on Facebook or Twitter.
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