Sport Is A Popular Pastime
The belief that sport is a popular pastime has been reinforced and strengthened after reading Tessa Duder's novel, 'ALEX' as the novel highlights the main character's, Alex Archer's, personal journey to win nominations for the 1960 Rome Olympics. Alex struggles to overcome the problems she faces, such as the issues with her rivals, sports officials and media, but she ultimately rises above them all, with the help, support and love of family and friends, and this strengthens the belief that sport is not just a popular, but an important pastime.
Firstly, sport is played in countries all around the world, in the novel, Alex was competing to win nominations for the 1960 Rome Olympics. The Olympics is a huge event which involves the whole world. Every four years it unites talented athletes from all over the globe to compete in a range of sporting events; it is watched by millions of people cheering and supporting their country and the people representing it. The Olympics is a special time, and the sports fans prove to us that sport is popular and an important pastime, by their support for their countries and favourite athletes.
Sport is played regularly, with it being a part of the school curriculum, as it is good for our health and wellbeing, but it is also played outside school, to keep healthy, to pass time, to socialise, as a career, and for pure enjoyment. In the novel, Alex played multiple sports, such as swimming and hockey, very often, but her main focus was swimming. It didn't matter to Alex that her schedule was busy while she was meant to be focusing on swimming, because she enjoyed herself, she was doing it for her, and not living by other peoples expectations.
Alex enjoyed playing different sports, she played on a team, while she played hockey and individually while she swam, from these different types of sport Alex learned teamwork, and how to co-operate with others, she learned how to be independent...