06 September 2015

Sport. Identity. Love.


"If you're not enough without a gold medal, you'll never be enough with it."
-Cool Runnings


Question: How can athletes now (in today's world) be enough and have an identity without a "gold medal" and their sport?? 

In Jeffrey's previous post he reflects on the quote and the question above by writing, "The answer I think has to do with things that really matter in life–like loving God with all our heart, soul and mind as well as loving our neighbor as ourselves. And that love means doing things for others and being a part of things that matter. This is a mindset as well as physical action."

For me, I've returned to speedskating for a number of reasons, but mainly because I see a need for elite athletes to use their platforms for good reasons, beyond their present training/competing...to have something outside of their sport they are living for, an identity in something greater. I (Nancy) fully don't know what this looks like yet in my speedskating career, but I have ideas/goals/aspirations and I'm trusting in God to bring about other opportunities that only He can make happen. To start, like Jeffrey said, TeamSwiderPeltz has partnered with a couple of non-profits and excited to see the outcome of those relationships in the future. 

But for now, we are finally starting this blogging again to bring you all (our faithful supporters, friends, kindred spirits) along on this speedskating journey of ours...to include you into the lives of ours because we are not on this journey alone or we cannot do this alone. YOU inspire us, help us, motivate us to keep pressing on towards our goals (Philippians 3:14) and would not be where we are without you. 

To bring those of you, who've not seen my social media from this summer, up to date...the following few blog posts are for you...to everyone else, enjoy some repeats :)


On ice in Calgary



Rocky Mountain Inlining



Ice bathing in the Bow River