Hello there, hope you had a great weekend. I was combing the internet for MicroGames 2018 results all weekend. I’m glad I did, because I came across a great story that I want to share on today’s blog post.
What’s the opposite of Inspiring?
We are all aware, I hope, of the situations that occurred before the MicroGames even started. First, the 139 laborers from the philippines were detained and the media was calling it a human trafficking situation. Then, a Rotavirus outbreak is announced in the media. Oh, and by the way the country of Nauru pulls out of the games due to financial reasons.
Definitely, those were not inspiring events to start off the 9th Micronesian Games. But, the MicroGames pulled through!
The power of one
The games pulled through, and out of the negative stories that started the games this year, one positive story rose above all others.
When the country of Nauru decided not to come, I wasn’t expecting to see them on the medal tally list. But, there they were. I was wondering, what is this madness?
Come to find out a single Athlete, a lone sportsman, was racking these medals in for the country of Nauru:
Jonah Harris is only 19 years old but the eyes of his nation are on him as he competes in the 2018 Micronesian Games in Yap, as the only athlete representing Nauru. He’s bringing home two gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the long jump, 100 and 200 meter sprints, high jump and triple jump. Quite a feat for someone who discovered athletics less than three years ago. Link to article here.
What an inspirational story, eh? One man made the difference for Nauru during these Micronesian Games. Something we should think about.
What can you say about such devotion to duty and commitment?
This young man is our wake up call. We need leaders. Men and women who will commit, focus and represent us. Not just at sporting events, but in everyday situations. Men and women who will lead by example. Men and women of action.
I’m sure more inspiring stories will come out of these MicroGames and I can’t wait to hear them.
See you on my next blog or on the Micronesian Podcast.
Quote for the day:
This weekend I decided to plant a Kalamansi tree on my land. Great to say that, right? It reminded me of this wise quote:
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”