Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
-Samuel Johnson, British Author (1709-1784)
Self-confidence is one of the commonly listed life skills gained from figure skating or from success in any sport. I remember walking through a mall a number of years ago and noticing a skater from a neighboring city in the distance. The skater was an intermediate-level skater and typically didn’t place first in competition. Yet, she had poise and self-confidence that made her stand out.
That was true for my daughter, Chrissy, as well. Chrissy found self-confidence to be a life skill that has helped her stand out in many areas.
- When Chrissy was younger, her self-confidence gained from figure skating allowed her to perform in dance recitals without nervousness.
- She performed confidently as a DJ and announcer.
- She did numerous newspaper, radio, and television interviews with poise and assuredness.
- She auditioned for a performing arts university place with no prior acting experience (other than figure skating) and was accepted, commended for her audition, and praised for being so self-confident.
- With the least acting experience in the program, she was given starring roles in the plays for her bachelor’s degree and had a leadership role in ensemble pieces.
- She was given a leading role in the Sheffield 2012 video, which was used in the successful bid for the 2012 Europeans to be held in Sheffield, England.
- She was given a Creative Spark Award for outstanding work in the creative disciplines at Sheffield Hallam University.
- She was given a Hallam Award at graduation as a student representative/academic affairs committee member demonstrating skills in public speaking, communication and time management.
- She was a successful speaker and awards presenter for a sports award night at a college in England.
- She started successful businesses.
This was all at age 19 or younger. Of course, my husband and I are very proud of Chrissy. And we realize that figure skating directly increased Chrissy’s self-confidence, allowing her to succeed in many areas.
Have you seen an increase in your child’s self-confidence from figure skating or another sport?