The the Olympic Moto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" stands more than just for it’s literal meaning, faster, higher, stronger; it stands for the character and the attitude of sportsperson that always pushes them to be better than what they already are. Kids who are engaged in Youth sports have a lot to learn from the Olympians.
The first lesson that kids need to learn is hard work. Olympic players practice for years and years before they get a chance to prove themselves in the Olympics. This also involves a lot of sacrifices. They stay away from their families, spend hours training hard when their friends are having fun in summer camps or enjoying in parties, follow strict diet regime and practically lose out on their childhood.
The next thing that Youth sports players can learn from the Olympians is focus. If you talk to a passionate Olympic player, they’ll tell you that there’s nothing else they’d rather do. Most of them did not pursue sports just because it was their ticket to entering a good college, but they did so because that’s the only thing in the whole world that they wanted to do. And they do not have options either - what if this doesn’t work? They’re very focused on their passion and they make it work. Many parents might argue that making this decision for a child too early can be disastrous. Well the argument is valid but the irony is that it usually doesn’t work otherwise. The focus on strength that’s needed to be amongst the finest in the world can the best inculcated during childhood. The earlier the better.
Another major lesson that Youth players can learn from Olympians is strength. Olympic players have an amazing capability to take pain. They fall, get bruised, get broken bones and more, but never give up. And pain doesn’t end at this. There’s mental and emotional pain as well. Players don’t just become experts one fine day. Neither is hard work and practice directly proportional to success. There are hundreds of unforeseen obstacles, unexplained failures and devastating situations these players face on a daily basis. But in the end, none of it is important. All that matters is the game. They put in their best effort again and again tirelessly every single time they play.
"The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself."
- Dawn Fraser (Australian swimmer, 3-time winner at the Olympics)