While Simone led the United States gymnastics team to a gold medal triumph at the Rio Olympics, life hasn't always been easy for the pint-sized superstar.
How can we build a community if we are all individuals? For my kids, the answer has been sport.
That race changed my friend, and it changed me too. I witnessed her triumph; and inspired, I decided that I wanted in on the action.
There are times that juggling your kids sporting commitments seems like an impossible task - however there are some solutions which may help.
South Sydney mother of four, Katrina Fisher, is currently forking out over $10,000 a year on sports activities for her kids.
Sometimes when you hike a mountain with your child, you learn more than you bargained for.
"What's disturbing about these photographs is that at some point, someone told this child, 'Lay down on the ground, arch your back, don't smile, look serious and pout'."
Over the years I have seen a lot of social media posts from parents bemoaning the humdrum of kids sport.
Want to get kids to like each other? Blast some music and help them into their dancing shoes.
Bats driving you batty? Balls rolling around in the car boot? Football shoes in a pile near the front door?
Kids think food and drink companies that sponsor their club are 'cool', says researcher.