August 25, 2008
What a great medal haul for GB in the Olympics! Maybe the cycle is turning again at last.
When I was at school we were taught the importance of competition, of trying as hard as you can to win within the rules. This rubbed off on me even though I am rubbish at sports – the Baglady tells me I am a bad loser and a worse winner.
But by the time my kids went to school, the playing fields had mostly gone and instead of sports days the schools held “afternoons of non-competitive activities”. I don’t believe it is coincidence that GB’s performance in sport has, overall, been pretty rubbish for a generation.
A striking image of the Olympics this year, for me, was of four British rowing ladies after the final, in tears, having only won the silver medal again. This shows us all how much winning really meant to them.
Roll on 2012, it’s going to be fantastic!
These musings were brought on by my winning the EMS league game last night. I could be wrong, but I think this is actually my first league win ever. I’ll be on a high now until next week, especially since I’ll be top of the table until next Sunday!
Anyway, here’s the screenie for posterity…
It’s not really about the money, is it. Winning is everything.