My tongue lolls out of my smiling mouth, head cocked to one side and tail thumping the ground light-heartedly. I look silly but I’m just so happy!
The whistle blows and I’m off. The first jumps are low; easy to hop over. Slow and steady, my sleek body slinks through the weave poles and commando-crawls through the tunnel. The tyre jump’s tight, but I’m clear. I hit the A-frame precisely and get the perfect tipping point on the see-saw. The last jumps I bound over with joyful abandon.
A hug from Mum. I’ve done well and had so much fun!