Our eldest son, now 16, is a quiet achiever when it comes to sport. The cricket season just finished was his second year ever in any team sport. He won Coaches Award in Under 16's (having won same award last season-different coach) and then last Saturday night he attended the Senior's (men's) presentation for his club as he had been asked each week to play/fill-in for their 3rd grade team also. He was awarded a trophy for bowling (which delighted him) and then unexpectedly was presented with the "Players' Player" award, a double delight to him.
If you knew our Master J, you may understand more the joy of these accomplishments. He is and always has been about the smallest for age in all events. Our homeschooling group holds an annual Athletics/Race day. Master would dutifully "compete" within his age group each year until he was around 14. We encouraged him saying it's not about winning but having fun, however his reply was telling "I know it not about winning but it's no fun when you come last all the time". He has long enjoyed playing cricket in the backyard, we are so pleased he has now found satisfaction and success a sport of his choosing.