Now that Adam is sadly sidelined with a knee injury, Rebecca has taken up the mantle of sporting star for the Black family. After trying out a number of activities in recent years, everything from ballet to taekwondo, she has settled on football as her chosen sport. She started training with the local girls football team, Lurgan Town FC, last month and has now played two games for them in the regional Under 15 league.
Rebecca, at almost 13, is one of the youngest members of the squad, but has thrown herself fearlessly into the fray with her usual energy and enthusiasm. The hard work and positive attitude have paid off as the girls have won their first two matches, scoring a whopping 16 goals in the process, while conceding none. Rebecca has played her part in both games with some lovely passes and tough tackling.
Fionnuala and I are proud of all three of our children and hate seeing them injured or ill, through no fault of their own. Both Adam and Hannah have had tough weeks in that respect and, as parents, it is hard to watch and even harder to understand. They are good kids and deserve better than what they have been given these last few days. I’ve been amazed ,however, by the courage and belief they’ve shown in the face of adversity.
The one bright light in the gloom has been watching a fit and healthy Rebecca enjoying herself on the football pitch. She was representing all of us out there last night and was a joy to watch. I’m hopeful to see Adam back on the rugby pitch and Hannah on the theatrical stage in due course. Our kids deserve the limelight while we watch proudly from the sideline or audience. They are our everything.