Real Sport Has Heart

A new level of sportsmanship leaped onto a highly competitive platform last week. Actually, it wasn’t a platform, it was a snowy trail. And it wasn’t some abstract idea that emerged, it was Canadian cross-country racing coach, Justin Wadsworth. For nearly two decades, I’ve been touting the importance of winning with humility and losing with grace. I’ve written articles on competition, conducted staff training workshops at camps on three continents and even lectured my own children on the topic. (What’s …


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One comment on “Real Sport Has Heart

  1. Steve Sponable on said:

    I did hear about this Canadian coach helping the skier and it should be an inspiration to coaches/staff everywhere. Competitors of all ages (especially children) take their cues on competition from their coaches (counselors, leaders, etc.) and often have a poor example of what “good sportsmanship” really is. I grew up playing in competitive sports right into college, sometimes on good teams and sometimes poor teams so I know the in’s and out’s of winning and losing. The coaches that I admired the most knew how to handle both with grace.
    Yelling and screaming from the sidelines, running up the score, this is teaching good sportsmanship? The cheer at the end, lining up and shaking (slapping) hands is often nothing more then tradition and becomes a meaningless gesture. That coach, on an international stage, with millions around the world watching, demonstrated that you can be competitive and compassionate at the same time. HE deserves a medal!

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