What does Sport mean to you?

Gerard C. / Engineer

 

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Inheritance & Persistence
What does sport mean to you? - Gerard C.

The Beginning

I USED TO BE A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER AT HIGH SCHOOL - MY NICKNAME WAS ELASTIC MAN. I WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE TALLEST GUY BUT I WAS SKILLED AND I COULD JUMP REALLY HIGH.

What does sport mean to you? - Gerard C.

The trigger

At university, I decided to focus entirely on my studies and stopped playing basketball. After graduation I became an engineer. A few years later, I happened to find myself on a basketball court and tried to slam dunk - just to see if I could still do it. I ended up 50cm short! That day, I made a decision - I would do everything it takes to slam dunk again.

The trigger
What does sport mean to you? - Gerard C.

THE TRAINING

I've trained four times a week for 12 years, I was doing all kind of workouts in order to build strength in my legs and get to jump higher. I started a Youtube channel and recorded myself every week to measure my improvements.

What does sport mean to you? - Gerard C.

The side quest

As part of my training, I picked up body building to build up strength and really came to enjoy it. I was so committed, I even ended up beating a weight lifting national record.

The side quest
What does sport mean to you? - Gerard C.

THE TRANSMISSION

The birth of my daughter has been a game changer. I have to train at lunch time so I can spend time with her in the evening. More importantly she inspires me on the importance of sharing the learnings of my sports journey with her and others.

What does sport mean to you? - Gerard C.

The dream continues

I learnt that the journey is more important than the end goal. In 12 years, I've met incredible people, started a family and achieved things I would have never believed possible at the beginning. I'm still pursuing my dream today and I just hope I can inspire others to do so.

The dream continues
Gerard

Gerard C.

IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE TO GIVE UP YOUR DREAM, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'VE DEVOTED SO MUCH TIME FOR IT.BUT I'M NOT THERE YET, SPORTS IS A WAY TO OUTDO MYSELF AND DREAM BIGGER.