Judoka of the Year. The boy-child worked hard at judo, and being awarded the Club trophy meant a huge amount to him. Photo: Tony Gray, 2008.
It’s been a couple of years since the boy-child played competitive sport, but throughout his life he’s played soccer, basketball, touch rugby and judo. Over the years he collected a few trophies, but I suspect this is the one that meant the most. Everyone in his club was eligible – from the little kids right through to young adults – and the boy-child was not only a junior, but a newbee too. In awarding Judoka of the Year to my son, I think the sensei was guided by both faith in the child’s soul, and an ability to see something that others couldn’t.
The boy-child has given up judo, but the determination and focus he brought to that discipline has simply found it’s way into new endeavors. Whether these ever result in more trophies is irrelevant; he knows he can commit all his talent and energy to what he loves and achieve something good.
This week Ailsa’s challenge at Where’s My Backpack was “World Cups”. Here are some other interpretations of the theme that I enjoyed: