Sunday, July 8, 2007

Inspiration for Victorian Challenge- Team Hoyt

Just as we are preparing for our Victorian Challenge, our boys are also taking part in the qualifiers for the National Schools Track and Field Championships, Sec 1 to Sec 3s are starting on the first legs of their NAPFA Fitness Test- so what do all this have in common?

Well, these activities all require us to have a CAN DO mind-set.
Take a look at TEAM HOYT, a Father and Son triathlon team
"Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.

For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick. "

(Read more about TEAM HOYT here)
What WILL we do with our lives? What CAN we do with our lives?
Watch this video and see what 'CAN' really means:

As I watched this, I was touched and close to tears: how far are we willing to carry someone else? Boys, as we embark on our Victorian Challenge, let us ask ourselves what we CAN really do: for ourselves and others.
Nil Sine Labore

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