In a recent interview, John Coates, Head of the Australian Olympic Committee, called for sport to be made compulsory in schools.
The minister for school education,Peter Garrett ruled out making competitive sport compulsory, saying he doesn’t think kids should be forced “out on to a sporting field if they’ve got other interests”.
Unfortunately, Australia’s culture of self worth is largely intertwined with sporting success. This emphasis on success and competition in Australian sport is unfortunately what scares many young children away from sport. Take for example this story, which focuses on how lots of mums are being banned from netball games for abusing the children playing as well as other spectators.
If you’re a parent, remember to encourage participation, active lifestyle, and regular play. Don’t worry about winning or competing, especially if your child isn’t competitive.
Do you have a child who doesn’t like competing? How do you keep them active? Let us know in the comments.