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In the wake of an exceptional sports season, the Foundation “Eagles of Sport” engages in a conversation with Aleksandra Mirosław, record-holder and World Champion in sport climbing, and one of Poland’s most decorated athletes. The focus of discussion is the extraordinary initiative by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism – the Micro Grants project.
Eagles of Sport Foundation: Ola, you often engage in initiatives supporting the sports development of children and youth. This year, you participated in promoting the government’s Micro Grants program supporting sports for children and youth. We have just concluded the second edition of this project. Why did this particular initiative come under your wings?
Aleksandra Mirosław: I have always been involved in promoting sports among the youngest. Micro Grants is a program on an exceptional scale, providing thousands of children the chance to embark on their journey into physical activity, so I couldn’t miss being a part of it.
How do you evaluate Micro Grants, both the first and second editions, as a government initiative aimed at supporting sports among the youngest?
I think it’s a fantastic direction. Supporting youth sports is an investment in the health and development of our youngest citizens. Sports not only promotes maintaining good physical condition but also shapes character, supports healthy competition, and teaches teamwork. It’s an investment in the country’s future.
In your opinion, what should be the main goal of such a project?
The main goal should be to create accessible and attractive opportunities for all children and youth to engage in sports, regardless of their background or family’s financial situation. The aim is for every child to have the chance to discover their sporting talent, passion, and joy in physical activity.
What are your experiences related to the support of your development in your youth? Was there something that helped you in this development?
Personally, I was fortunate that my family always supported me. However, I realize not everyone is as lucky. That’s why I believe a project like this government initiative can significantly help level the playing field and create conditions where every child has the chance to develop their sporting potential.
What specific elements of the project do you consider most important?
Firstly, it’s important to ensure access to various sports disciplines. Not every child has to be interested in football or basketball, so offering different disciplines is crucial. Secondly, adequate infrastructural conditions are needed because without proper facilities, it’s challenging to talk about developing talents. Finally, the key is employing qualified coaches who will not only teach technique but also convey values related to fair play and collaboration.
What challenges may arise in the implementation of such projects?
Certainly, one of the main challenges will be ensuring equal access to all forms of support. We need to avoid situations where certain groups of children or regions are overlooked. Moreover, maintaining a long-term approach is essential because the effects of such projects are not always immediately visible. Only systematic training can genuinely strengthen talents and passion for a particular sport, leading to further development and sports success.
In conclusion, do you have any specific advice for young sports enthusiasts?
Certainly. Let them be curious, open to various disciplines, and ready to learn. Sports are not only about competition but also about adventure, acquiring new skills, and getting to know oneself. Remember that everyone has their own pace of development, so don’t compare yourselves to others. It’s important to derive joy and satisfaction from sports. And never give up on pursuing your dreams.