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The Winning Spirit
A healthy body, a healthy mind. That is one of the principles that I have always believed in. For the teachers of the school, Sports’ Day has always been very taxing to organize. Apart from their daily routine in preparing their lesson plan, setting test papers and a whole lot of marking students’ exercises which can get as high as the teacher’s head… literally.
Sports Day, for the teachers, is not just a one day affair. It involves months and months of sweat-filled supervision of the students. For most schools, Sports Day is only held once every two years. Yet, Chung Hua Middle School has their Sports Day every year without fail, and they are willing to go through all that hardship, time and time again, and still manage to allocate some of their already-packed time to ensure that Sports Day comes true every single year for the students.
For the students, they look forward to Sports Day every year, as they want to win. For some students, it might seem like getting a gold is only but a dream, but they try their best anyway because they know that in the end, they will regardless of the outcome, they have embraced the winning spirit.
Come the big day, everyone’s excited, especially the students. Which house will emerge the overall winner of the year? Which student will be awarded the Best Athlete award?
And as the runners take their place at the starting line, so does all the teachers take their place at their allocated duties. Everyone, indifferent, working together in one perfect harmony.
Everyone has their sunblock ready and their caps ready. This would probably be the one and only day that everyone would wish for the sun and not the rain. The sun brings out the shine in everyone, the bright smiles, the joyous laughter and the glorious win.
Maybe will stumble and fall half way through the run. Some might even suffer injuries in the process. But they push themselves, reminding themselves that they have gone through so much just to reach this day, and it would be a waste to give up now. So they pick themselves up, shrug their pain aside, brush the sand off their shoulders, can push on.
Just like a storm, all the months of preparation comes down to flash of a day, which will portray the fruit of their labor. The winning spirit is not just about the trophies or the medals that a person wins.
A running winner gets a trophy much bigger and glamorous than that of the second place, yet that does not mean the winner is ten times better than the second place winner. Nor does it mean that the winner had ten times better running shoes than the second place winner.
Huge differences in results cannot come from techniques or equipment only. The most important factor is the mental attitude. The winner had maybe the ability to do one or two changes in his thoughts during the last few seconds. The winners are the ones who are willing to give it their best, not only in the competition day itself, but all the way from the beginning where everything began, the practices. All the time spent training and training.