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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:47 PM
As the title, what sport do you or your kids play, and how did you get into them?
Prompted by DH wondering how some of the Olympians got into some of the less-common sports out there, like Synchronized Swimming and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
I'm not sporty myself - I was more into music/dance, but I played tennis for a couple of years, and a little bit of volleyball in highschool, though I wasn't particularly good.
DH played basketball from primary school til his mid 20s.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:59 PM
My main sports as a child were equestrian (if we are talking olympics) and netball.
Why? My family were a horsey family. Mum and dad had horses, they showed horses, they had a thoroughbred stallion. They also started the local pony club. Netball: mum played netball and coached our team/s.
DS is just finishing his 3rd year of hockey. Why? Well... he tried auskick DISASTER, any sport at school looked not a happening thing and at kelly sports they had hockey sticks and it was the first time he looked comfortable. So he joined the local club - best decision ever.
He also swims, he played basketball over the summer last year, but wants to do nippers from now on, given he loves the surf.
DH's main sports were rowing and athletics. He always wanted to be a rower, and was a pretty decent rower
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:03 PM
I wasn't great at sports as a child, but I had a bash at tennis, hockey and netball. I played mixed netball as an adult too and enjoyed it much more.
All of my children currently do swimming, DS1 does karate and DD does ballet. DS2 does a multi-sports thing where they play lots of games based on skills from a number of games (soccer, hockey, football, basketball, etc). DS1 has done it as well and based on that, he wants to play footy next year.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:10 PM
I play soccer because I like it and it's fun. Kids don't currently do any sport but will next year.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:11 PM
I played netball as a child ( but was never very good) and enjoyed the later racquet sports I played - badminton and tennis. I also did calisthenics for many years which I did well at.
DH played cricket and soccer as a kid/teen in the UK.
DS plays soccer and cricket too! he loves both these team sports and is considered one of the stars in both teams!
Edited by Kristina13, 11 August 2012 - 09:12 PM.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:17 PM
Interesting topic for me as neither DH or I were sporty but I really want my daughter to get involved as she's naturally quite inactive (prefers craft, TV, Reading Eggs etc to going outside).
So far we have tried a Pre-School tennis class and Ready Steady Go and Ballet. None were a stunning success, although they all held her interest for a short while.
She likes singing so I'm going to try callistenics or a music theatre type class next year and gymnastics and maybe a modern dance.
She also does swimming.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:18 PM
My kids do athletics, cross country, fencing and boxing. They also take swimming lessons in the warmer months. They have also done calisthenics before.
I did athletics, cross country, basketball and karate as a child. My main thing was athletics and cross country. I now do a bit of cross country and a bit of boxing training.
DH did athletics, swimming, basketball and boxing. He won a few national medals for the swimming and athletics, but now does boxing and cross country.
ETA: (how / why they got into them)
Athletics / cross country: Where me and DH met and something common between us obviously. Just a we did it, we'll get them into it thing. Also like that with a large family, it's something simple. It goes from 3 years to 17 years, one location, one time.
Fencing: We wanted to find something DS could do that wasn't a team sport and something rare that he could say he did, but no one else say in his class does. He struggles with sports due to his medical condition as it has impaired his physical development. I found a club, took him down for a trial and the other kids also wanted to do it as well.
Boxing: My DH is a competitor, coach and has his own club, so our children are taught by him.
Swimming: Just for safety reasons living 1km away from the beach.
Edited by No Excuses, 11 August 2012 - 09:27 PM.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:19 PM
DH did the rural "footy in winter, cricket in summer" thing, did swimming lessons and got into long distance running in his late teens.
I played basketball, danced, did gymnastics, swimming, tennis and tae kwon do at various times. I got into aerobics/gym after having kids as, despite loving basketball, I've struggled with injuries as I've got older.
My older kids have done dancing, gymnastics, swimming, soccer, football and cricket at various times.
Currently DD1 and DD2 do highland dancing. DS1 is doing break dancing and just finished Auskick.
Am going to have them back at swimming and try Little Aths next term.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:20 PM
The main sports that my kids are involved with are martial arts. They started with Taekwondo and participated with that for several years. Now we have moved to an area where that wasn't offered, they tried Judo and didn't like it and are now going to Karate.
When we move again, they have requested to go back to TKD. We got into it because we were searching for a program that would involved the personal discipline and confidence that martial arts supports.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:26 PM
My girls will be sailing in dinghies as soon as they can competently swim.
They don't have much choice as DH is from a big sailing family and we met through the sport. I started in primary school by crewing for a friend from school. It's a great sport to get into as a family as there are lots of parent/child teams out there learning together and having great fun. As the kids develop they move into their own boats and sail with friends or siblings.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:36 PM
DS currently plays soccer but the season finishes very soon and he has asked to do fencing next which won't be happening as there is nothing located around us.
DD currently does swimming but is asking to do gymnastics. I am going to put this off till next year sometime as she is starting FYOS next year and I think she will be too tired for the first term.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:44 PM
My two older boys play Junior AFL. They also have swimming lessons.
That's about all I can cope with for now
When I was young I did martial arts (Hap-ki-do and Tae-Kwon-Do) for about 7 years. I really enjoyed it.
I think martial arts is a great sport for young kids. I hesitate to start my boys just yet - they're still very much into play fighting, and I'm seriously worried that if they actually had some skill, one might end up in hospital!
But I will definitely consider martial arts for them in the next couple of years.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:50 PM
DD (9) started tennis lessons this year and seems to enjoy it. We've suggested soccer, netball etc in the past but she's not been interested. We let her give up swimming lessons as soon as she could swim 50 metres competently, she really could not have cared less. She does physical culture too.
DS (5) wants to do cricket this summer. It's mini-cricket though - ball skills etc. but I think he will enjoy that. He also has swimming lessons.
We ski every year, kids are getting quite good at that and we all enjoy it. DH played soccer and cricket from about age 8 to late teens. I didn't do any sports at all growing up, except for skiing but I play tennis now as well.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:57 PM
My four younger girls (and my husband) all play hockey... I was always a netballer, and still play now... hockey takes up six days days a week here, with training and games... I am looking forward to the end of the season!!
Xanthia is a natural mid-distance runner, so she is also involved in cross country through her school.
Edited by jodi, 11 August 2012 - 09:58 PM.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:02 PM
Mine do roller skating, tae kwon do, swimming, golf, hockey at the moment. They have also done AFL, tennis, cricket, netball and gymnastics. These have come about through the convergence of local opportunities and interests.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:06 PM
I was unfortunately totally inept at all sports as a kid (or possibly just lazy!). Daughter does showjumping and son motorcross - staistically the two most dangerous sports kids can compete in.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:15 PM
Old gray mare; it was funny we were talking about dangerous things this morning and DS made the comment that I did a dangerous sport. I suppose it was never something we thought about show jumping, one of my nephews is an aus champion in speed boat racing - now I class that dangerous.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:59 AM
I play lacrosse, DS plays footy (reluctantly, probably take a break next season), basketball in summer snd his passion is motor sport. He is also a reluctant athlete (medal-winner at a national level). DD does athletics, gym and swimming. DH has no time to do anything at the moment
I come from a very sporty family, all my brothers did lacrosse/ athletics... it followed my kid's were always going to play sport. I didn't want to get my kids in to club sports really young, hence they've followed a fairly standard path with the team sports, until they've taken an interest in something not offered at school (athletics, swimming, racing).
Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:11 AM
I used to show horses when I was younger and the the royal shows every year up until year 12.
I also started artistic gymnastics when I was 6 and stopped at 13 ( uncool in high school -I wish mum had forced me to continue...)
I was also involved in athletics through school as I was so strong from gym and could run fast . I did karate in high school too and would teach it.
Dh was obsessed with basketball and still plays.
Ds will be doing soccer and some martial art. I would also like hi to have a go at little athletics. He is still 4 and not at school so wew I'll wait until he is 5.
Dd is doing gymnastics now and has begun on her trajectory to Olympic glory aged 9
Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:20 AM
I played hockey. I would like to play again but there's no club here at all, and I'd have to increase my fitness a lot!
DH plays golf and always has. He's pretty good. I started playing when we met but once we had kids I've probably only played 3 games. He also played squash and was pretty good at that too - he has amazing hand eye co-ordination.
DD1 has tried a few sports (gymnastics, karate, netball, little a's) but doesn't enjoy them enough to want to keep going. She's trying little a's again this season. She likes running but doesn't like coming last
DS1 is like DH and can already hit a golf ball a good distance. He's not a good runner though so team sports aren't really his thing. Just like his dad really.
DD2 did little a's last season and will do it again this time. She has potential to be a good sportsperson because she is so strongly built - she can throw a shotput a fair way for a 5 year old! I'd also like to encourage her swimming, because she enjoys the water and I think she'd be good at it.
DS2 doesn't do anything but he's only 3.5. I think he would like to play a team sport so we might get him into soccer or afl next year. He likes to run and is very social.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:23 AM
DD and I both play netball. DD also does Gymnastics, and until recently danced (but I pulled her because the teacher grew horns) She may go back to dancing next year.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:27 AM
Football, Futsal & Rugby(DD13's school team made regionals).
Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:38 AM
I grew up in a very baseball playing family, never played myself though.
I did ballet from 3-9, badminton for a while. Mums a swim teacher, & while we could swim, we never did lessons outside of school or swim club etc
DH used to play squash, but just socially with his brother/s, and plays golf when it's not freezing & raining
DS1 does swimming (just lessons, not club), and we'll start him on 1:1 golf lessons when the weather warms up. Hea been able to hit a golf ball since aged 2, even with poor eyesight (he wears glasses now). Makes me sick actually, he plays better than I do.
DS2 does swimming (same as DS1) and that's all for now. Hes only 6.
DS1 does guitar and DS2 will take up an instrument in the next year or two, so that's plenty.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:12 AM
I always did netballl as a child but nothing now.
My 3 boys and husband all do cycle speedway which isnt very well known in Australia or outside SA for that matter at all, its bigger in Poland and Great Britain than here.
They've done cricket, swimming, basketball and football but think we will be in this sport for many more years yet.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:32 AM
Me: Nothing. Couldn't even if I wanted to (I would love to run if I could). As a child/teenager I did all sorts of things including netball, basketball, swimming, ice skating, skiing (really miss that ), badminton and probably some other stuff I can't remember now.
DS: Nothing formal (can't get him interested/willing to attend a club or class), but spends a lot of time on his bike.
DD: Gymnastics. She's only done a bit more than a term but she adores it and it's already improved her balance, co-ordination, flexibility etc. When she started I was a bit apprehensive about it being really competitive, but it's not like that at all, and I'm really glad she chose it - she pretty much just came up with it out of the blue one day.
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