LISTENING 11 – Sports

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– How was the match, honey?
– Better than we expected! They were a tough team and they played very well, but we beat them 3-2
– Good job! Did you play well too?
– Not really, because I played as a defender when Mark got injured.
– oh, sorry to hear that. I’ll phone his mother to see how he is now

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Why does he decide to go with them?
– It feels so good to go running in the morning! I love this feeling.
– You must be joking. When I wake up I only feel like lying on the sofa with a cup of coffee.
– Come on! You’re so lazy. I’m going cycling with a group of friends tomorrow at 9am. Why don’t you join us? It will be fun and you’ll feel much livelier and healthier afterwards.
– I bought a bike a couple of years ago but I haven’t ridden it much. Maybe I should start riding again, I was pretty good at it. So, yes, I’ll go with you all. See you at 9am then?
– Great! you won’t regret it! Good bye!

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for having me here today. It’s an honor to stand before you and share some thoughts, reflections, and lessons from my journey as a basketball player. Now, I know not all of you might be sports enthusiasts, but bear with me because what I want to talk about goes beyond the court. It’s about life, success, and the skills we all need to navigate this incredible journey.

Let me take you back to the beginning of my career. The first time I stepped onto the court, I didn’t imagine the incredible journey that awaited me. I faced challenges, setbacks, and doubters, but I never let that stop me. It’s easy to focus on the glory moments—the championships, the game-winning shots—but it’s equally important to acknowledge the struggles. Those moments shaped me just as much as the victories did.

Now, let’s talk about the skills you need to play sports. Whether it’s basketball, soccer, or any other game, sports teach you valuable life skills. Discipline, teamwork, perseverance—these are the building blocks of success. You see, it’s not just about the physical aspect of the game. It’s about the mental strength, the ability to bounce back after a defeat, and the discipline to push yourself even when no one is watching.

Mind you, I’ve faced challenges and disappointments too. The missed shots, the losses, they’re all part of the game. But here’s the thing: it’s not about how many times you fall; it’s about how many times you get back up. That determination, it’s what separates the great from the good.

Now, let’s bring this back to those of you who might not be into sports or exercise. The same principles apply to life. Success isn’t handed to you for free. You need to work for it. Whether it’s excelling in sports, academics, or your chosen career path, the key is dedication, hard work, and a willingness to learn from both successes and failures.

I know it might be tempting to sit on the sidelines, to avoid challenges and take the easy road. But let me tell you, the easy road rarely leads to greatness. The journey to success is often filled with obstacles, and it’s the skills you develop along the way that will ultimately determine your destiny.

So, to all the idle teenagers out there, I challenge you to get up, get moving, and start building those essential life skills. Whether it’s through sports, art, or any other passion, find something that pushes you beyond your comfort zone. Embrace the challenges, learn from your mistakes, and never underestimate the power of hard work.

Remember, success is not a destination; it’s a journey. And the journey is where you’ll discover the strength, resilience, and determination that will take you to the next level. So, get out there, get ready to face the challenges, and let the lessons you learn on the court or in life shape the person you’re meant to become. The world is waiting for your greatness.