What He Said When I Won My First Cross Country Meet

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“I knew you could do it” is what he said when I won my first cross country meet. He bet me that if I finished first out of all the middle school girls, he would give me 20 dollars. I was feeling doubtful when he first mentioned the bet, but I still tried my best. As I was running the only voice I paid any attention to was his. “Come on Makenna, you can do it!” he shouted. I was determined to get first and make him proud. Once I crossed the finished line the lady handed me a popsicle stick with the number five on it. After taking the stick and feeling upset about 5th place, I started walking towards my dad. He looked at me and gave me the biggest smile. “Way to go!” he yelled. I did not realize I was the first girl to finish. As you can see, …show more content…
Also my dad would never tell me where to go or how to get there. He would help me operate and maintain the vehicle, but he wanted me to try to navigate my way there, using the information I already know. Even though I still do not like driving, I believe my dad has helped me become a better driver. Another thing my dad taught me was how to hunt. Back when my dad was in his 20’s he became a semi-professional archer. He traveled almost everywhere in the country and put his talent to the test against others. I was 8 when I first mentioned archery to my dad. I told him we were learning how to hit a target with a bow and arrow in P.E. “How’d you do?” “Was it fun?” “Did you hit the target?” He wanted to know everything. I explained we all were a little rough at first, but I got the hang of it and was actually pretty good at it. He was happy to hear that I turned out just like him. Besides archery, my dad also showed me how to shoot a gun. He brought his 12-gauge shotgun to my grandmas so our family could have a friendly competition shooting clay pigeons. When it was my turn, my dad talked me through everything. He was holding me so the recoil of the gun would not hurt …show more content…
As a coach he has taught me more than I can explain, and he showed me the true love I have for sports today. It all started in grade school when I partook in a soccer league and my dad volunteered to be my coach. Soccer helped improve my athletic abilities and due to my dad’s coaching, I got more involved. We started practicing in the yard after school. One of the most important things he taught me was to try my hardest and give everything my all, that’s why he would always make time out of his day to practice soccer with me. After such a great experience playing soccer, I later joined traveling basketball and softball with my dad as my coach. He showed me not how to become a good player, but a great one. I have learned many important things through basketball, such as how to work as a team, obedience, and not to let a mistake define you. Softball also taught me the importance of teamwork and never to rely on one another. My dad has led me to believe these things will help on and off the court/field and to this day, they

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