Ethan belongs to the local Athletics Club, which runs every week from about October through to March (with a break over Christmas). This is his second season of Athletics, and it is his thing.
We discovered pretty early on that he is a FAST runner. He comes 1st, 2nd or 3rd in all his sprints, every week. There are probably about 25 boys in Ethan’s age grade (6 years). They run 100m, 75m and 60m, and they also compete in high jump and long jump (longer distances, discus and shotput are added as they get older).
Club Champs were held over the last 2 weeks. All the races were timed, and “official” ribbon ceremonies were held for every age grade, in every event. They even had a proper podium!
Ethan got a ribbon in EVERY one of his events:
60m – 3rd place
75m – 2nd place
100m – 3rd place
Long jump – 3rd place
High jump – 2nd place*
* He was SO close to getting 1st equal in high jump. He and another boy were the only 2 who progressed to the final height. Ethan hit the bar on his 1st and 2nd attempts, and was too scared/sore to take his 3rd jump. The other boy (who ended up getting the 1st place ribbon) missed all 3 of his, so Ethan would have got 1st equal just for attempting his 3rd jump.
Didn’t he do well? Not only that, he has a great attitude and displays good sportsmanship. Developing those things has taken time — at the beginning he used to get upset if he didn’t win every race — but we believe they are important. It’s one of the reasons we have encouraged him to be involved with sport all year round (he does Athletics in the summer and plays soccer in the winter).
I’m VERY proud of my boy. Not just because of his placings, but because he always tries his best and has fun, which is the most important thing. :-)