Be that dad if your child is good at a sport

When Sophiane Méthot started having anxiety problems, her father did what he thinks every good father should do: take his daughter for ice cream!

Louis Méthot explained this to me without joking. As if there was nothing more normal.

He could also be unhappy and worried about his daughter.

But without pressure or stress, he simply went to eat a cone with Sophiane to ask her how his family could support him in all this. (To understand what “all that” is, you can read our interview with Sophiane Méthot by clicking here.)

“I told her she didn’t have to do the trampoline. But she wanted to continue, so I told her that it was certain that someone in the world knew how to help her,” he says.

“In life, you can always look at a problem and find all the reasons why it won’t work. Or we can find the way that makes it work,” continues with great wisdom the father, a friendly wordsmith who made several philosophical remarks of this kind during the discussion.

All this, in front of his daughter, who had warned us well and who looked up to politely make fun of it.

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The two then gave themselves a challenge. Sophiane then had to face her problem and continue training. Louis had to train to do an Ironman. Especially learning to swim, because he “needed a fry” otherwise, he jokes.

You know what happens next for Sophiane. For Louis, he managed not to drown. He already has two Ironmans under his belt.

“The model of my life”

An engineer and long-time senior company executive, Louis Méthot is also quite an athlete. A former soccer player, he ran the Boston Marathon a few years ago with a time of almost 3 hours. It’s more than impressive in terms of weather.

“It’s the model of my life. This is my inspiration. He’s my number 1 fan,” Sophiane said about her father.

This is what I find remarkable in the relationship between father and daughter. Louis is his fan, that’s all.

“Do you think I’ll start giving him trampoline tips? I’m not an expert,” says the dad.

Photo Agence QMI, JOEL LEMAY

“The only thing I have to do is support her and help her when she needs me. I see parents pushing their children to succeed. It’s funny, I’ve never done that! As parents, we just want to make sure our children are happy and have fun. That’s all.”

The day before each competition, the dad sends his daughter the same text message which boils down to: “I’m proud of you, have fun.”

And he was the first to write to him after the competition. If it went well, it’s: “Good job, it went well”. Otherwise, it’s: “I saw that it didn’t go well, we’ll do it again next time.”

“We never talk about medals. I just want her to have fun,” says Mr. Méthot.

Here, for example, is the text message that Louis Méthot sent to his daughter the day before the World Championship last November.





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