Welcome, from another newbie. Lots of nice people here, so enjoy.
I agree with tinyliny, you are fortunate because alot of parents just don't go that extra mile to care (and get involved) with what their kids are doing. Your Dad is spending money, learning a new thing, and taking chances for his actually grown daughter. Alot of folks don't have parents that will go out on a limb for a sport/hobby, even for their child.
"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys." - Chief Dan George