It’s an old aged argument. What can sports do for you? The question doesn’t call into account the health benefits for an individual but rather the focus is on a more financial stand point. Financially, one only needs to google sports millionaires and get a keen and sound understanding of how beneficial sports can be to an individual and by extension, a nation.
In schools the benefits of students participating in a sporting activity can be achieved sometimes instantaneously. Sport encourages children to develop qualities such as leadership, confidence and self-esteem. Sports also assist in the development of students academically as we have known many students to leave our shores for schools overseas on full academic scholarships, which they can only keep if they maintain a passing Grade Point Average.
According to an article written by Aditi Chopra “the necessity of sports is felt to be so great in life that there is ample justification for them to be introduced in the schools compulsorily.” The writer further elaborated that through sports students can learn the value of time and how it is important to note how a minute, a fraction of a minute and even of a second decides the fate of a young sportsman in the field of competition.
Through proper training in sports and sufficient sports meets and competitions, students will most definitely become active, sportive, dashing, daring and adventurous, all vital staples needed if one is to be skilled enough to meet some the most difficult life challenges.
With the Inter Secondary School Games done and dusted, the organizers weren’t only hoping that students would channel their energy to go for gold but learn and understand the camaraderie and develop a level of competition that these games normally encompass.
The power house schools (the names) which will save for the mega issue next week came under heavy competition and once can only be elated at the spirit of competition is inculcated in our young runners. The number put up in the preliminary stages alone is one that should be applauded and with a little more effort and training (and yes listening to the coaches) we are sure to add more names to the list that already includes names like Spencer and Schepher.
The big bash for Inter-Secondary School sports concluded yesterday and we can guarantee you that you will enjoy a full report with all the photos we took in next weekend’s issue. For now, you can enjoy the prelude to next week’s Big Bash School Sports.