The 2023 World Cup Rugby tournament was the very first sports tourni that we watched with our kids. Listen, the drama! The intrigue! The emotions! It was kinda cool to experience all of that as a family. (LOL) But also, I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to teach my children important life lessons, and one of the most unexpected sources of inspiration recently came from the world of sports. Shocking, I know. Me and sports go together like socks and sandals. But, friend, the Springboks’ incredible victory taught my kids (and I) a bunch of valuable life lessons, such as:
Perseverance and Hard Work
The Springboks’ journey to winning the 2023 World Cup Rugby tournament was not without its share of challenges. Injuries, setbacks, and fierce competition tested their determination and resilience. My kids learned that success often requires hard work, dedication, and a willingness to keep pushing forward, even when faced with adversity. This lesson has encouraged them to approach their own goals with a renewed sense of determination.
Teamwork and Unity
Siya and the boys show off an incredible sense of unity and team spirit. I absolutely love that! My children witnessed how a diverse group of individuals came together, each playing their part to achieve a common goal. This experience highlighted the importance of working together towards a shared objective. (I love this – especially when the shared objective is to clean their rooms.)
Resilience and Bouncing Back
Every rugby match has its ups and downs, and the 2023 World Cup Rugby was no exception. The Springboks faced moments of adversity, but they never gave up. I may have given up now and then, which is why I watched the game with my eyes half shut lol but that’s only because I am dramatic like that. Anyways, the game taught my kids that setbacks are a natural part of life, and what truly matters is how we respond to them.
Diversity and Inclusivity
The Springboks’ win was a moment of pride for South Africa. I absolutely love that my kids were exposed to the idea that differences in background, culture, and identity can be celebrated! It is one of my favourite things about South Africa – the rainbow nation! I pray that this inspires them to be more inclusive and open-minded in their interactions with people from all walks of life.
Grace in Victory
Winning the World Cup Rugby is undoubtedly a great achievement, but it’s equally important how one handles victory. Siya Kolisi (Captain, my captain) shows such incredible sportsmanship and humility in the team’s success. I pray that my kids learn how to be gracious in victory, and graceful in defeat!