I can hardly believe that my little boy has turned 10. Where did the time go, it seems like only yesterday that I was on mat leave enjoying my newborn little boy.
Nolan is very athletic and generally does quite well at any sport he tries, but it is the trying part that can be a bit tricky. He just doesn't like to try new things, so although he has had a fantastic year, it didn't come with out some challenges. He played Hockey in the winter, and Baseball in the spring as he had done in past years, but Track & Field took more a lead role this spring and although he has enjoyed ball, he really wanted to focus on track and mainly his throwing events this year.
Track & Field has brought out a new confidence in Nolan that makes me so proud of him, regardless of how well he does at each meet. His determination and desire to improve and train sure paid off by the end of the season. As he focused on Shotput, javelin, and Discus, his other events, 60m, 100m, and long jump didn't see as much improvement over the year, but you can't have it all. He was still in the top 10 for those events as most meets, but did not medal often. However, in the throws, he turned over a new leaf and shone.
Early May, things just kind of clicked for him in shot put and he surpassed what I could even imagine he would throw. He ended the season with a personal best throw on 9.22m, only 4cm off of the shot put standard, but still with a put that places him as #7 in the top 10 all time record throws for 10 year old boys in BC.
Discus, which he struggled most of the year, he still received a silver medal in all track meets, but that was purely on brute force as he did not mast the technique of discus until the end of the year. When they say you save your best for last, well that is exactly what he did, with several weeks of training 4 days per week, he managed to pull out a gold medal throw at the JD Championships. A Throw of 22.67m, that not only achieved standard (21.77m) also landed him in the #3 spot in the top 10 Discus throwers of all time.
So we ended our track season on a high that will be very hard to beat, but this fall/winter, we decided that Nolan is going to try football and basketball, instead of playing hockey. He likes hockey, but he didn't seem to love it, or at least not as much as Rylee and that is OK, but I want to give him lots of opportunities to try lots of sports and see what he enjoys the most. So last night, he had his first football practice and if that smiles says anything at all, it is that he had just a little bit of fun. :)
So as we look forward to what new things the fall will bring for the dude, I will sign off with some fun photos of him throughout the year.
Enjoying shaved ice in Seattle at a softball tournament.
The perfect Christmas gift for me, all picked out by him and Dad.
A kid in a candy store .... need I say more. LOL
Birthday Photos, dinner out at Olive Garden.