• Yannick van der Weerden

What Sports Mean to me

Updated: May 10

If there was one thing my parents taught me, it is the love for sports. Sports has always been an essential part of what I do and who I am. To me, sports mean so much more than just a game or hobby. When I was a kid, my brothers and I used to play every possible sport we could imagine, basketball, football, tennis, hockey, ice hockey, baseball, table tennis. And in the meantime, we built our own ramps for skateboarding and inline skating. Sports brought us pure joy.

When I think of the reasons why I play sports as often as I do and what it means to me. There are four main elements to sports that are key for me personally:

  1. The social element;

  2. The challenge;

  3. Being outdoors;

  4. The lifestyle.

The Social Element It is more than just playing a game. It’s about meeting new people, making new friends. Sports are about having fun with each other, reaching goals together, supporting each other and competing together. Sports have the wonderful power to bring a variety of people together. When you go abroad it is the best way of meeting new people. Sports are universal. Some of the friendships I made through sports will last forever.


The Challenge

To me sports is about challenging yourself and others. I like to try to improve and do better every single time I go out. It is about competing against yourself and others. When I play tennis, I try to improve my game every single time I play. When I run, I want to go faster than last time and faster than my friends. To me this is one of the key reasons to go out. This is what makes it fun. This is what brings me joy.


Outdoor

Being outdoors is good for the mind. It brings peach of mind and reduces stress levels. In addition to this, sports are the perfect way to discover the world. Sport has taken me to so many new places. When you ski, hike, run or cycle you visit places that you normally probably wouldn’t visit. The best thing is that these new places are often located in the beautiful parts of nature. This combination of doing what you love in a beautiful, natural surrounding can be magical.


Active / healthy lifestyle

You don’t need to be a doctor to know that sports are good for mind and body. Sports can help you reach your fitness goals and maintain a healthy weight. Sports have an immense impact on your daily life and health. They do not just give you an interesting routine but also a healthy body. They also improve mood, boosts energy and promotes better sleep. For me this is also one of the key reasons to keep doing what I do, and I hope to be able to do it for the rest of my life.