Why is Competition Important

Why is Competition Important

Thursday, 14 May 2015  | Jason - PE Teacher
Romans 5:3b-4 “…because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Competition provides a space for students to grow in areas of perseverance, resilience and their ability to work with others.

We all know that life goes through cycles of good times and hard times. In order to work through and survive the hard times of life we need to have some level of resilience and perseverance.

For our students, being involved in competition can bring up feelings of anxiety, stress and frustration, but also achievement and completion.

What a great opportunity to help our students learn some strategies to deal with these feelings and emotions in a safe and controlled environment. Hopefully by learning how to handle these emotions in the area of sporting competition, they will carry those tools and life lessons with them into adulthood.

Ultimately, competition grows character and shows character. It’s when we are put into a tense environment that we show who we really are and I use these times to help teach the students appropriate ways to handle their emotions, thoughts and actions in this environment.

At MECS, students are involved in competition during PE classes, tribal sports afternoons and interschool sporting events, as well as cross country and athletics days.

My overall focus in teaching PE is sportsmanship. This is an excellent way to reflect Christ in the way we compete with and against others by showing that people matter more than winning. I already see a lot of sportsmanship being displayed every week at MECS and I hope to see more and more of it as time goes on.

Competition is an excellent and necessary training ground for some essential life skills to be learned and hopefully passed on to others.

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