|Wrist Carry...by one wrist...torture!|
|Alaskan High Kick|
|Scissor Broad Jump|
Friday was a shorter day starting at 8:30 (yes, we had to leave at 7 to get there on time) and ending at around 2. Indian Stick Pull, One Hand Reach, One-Foot High Kick, and Seal Hop were the events of the day. I was surprised how well Tucker held his own on the stick pull when he was put against boys much bigger than he is. Though he lost, I was so proud of him when I could see his frustration in the tears in his eyes, but he pulled it together and continued on. The One-Foot High Kick, which is very difficult had Tucker putting his all into it. On his last turn, he kicked so hard and jumped so high that he's landing had him on his backside. I made sure to let him know that when doing something, it's better to crash, knowing you pushed yourself beyond what you could do at the moment, than to play it safe and not. Because how are we to truly know what we are capable of if we don't stretch ourselves!? The Seal Hop was the most frustrating for Tucker. With the older boys going quite a bit further than him, his seven feet or so, pushed him over the frustration wall and having a few tears fall. Though when I pointed out that some kids didn't even make it off the line and he made it much farther than I ever could make it, he realized he hadn't done that bad. Plus the reminder that the other boys were at least one if not two years older that he is solidified his accomplishment.
|One-Foot High Kick|
Overall, it was a pretty good competition for Tucker. There was a young gentleman from Dot Lake who was amazing at all of the events. Everyone was in awe while watching this kid push himself to kick higher, reach higher, everything -er than thought imaginable. When we got in the car to drive home, we were talking about this teen and I mentioned to Tucker that his principal told me he practices all the time. That he pushes through the pain and is always practicing focusing himself to get the it done. When we got about 3/4 of the way home Tucker started asking about ways we could set up some of the events for practicing and if he practiced about an hour a day, would that get him in the direction that the Dot Lake guy was? So I think he might be hooked!
|Borealis on the way home...spectacular!!!|