24 March 2014
It was a couple of minutes into the plank competition when they started wobbling, lined up side by side on the gym floor. Each department had chosen a representative to take part in the challenge to raise money for Sport Relief and you could see from the look in their eyes that they were going to take this seriously!
A crowd had gathered to watch and cheer them on, helping them pass the minute mark. For some, this was a huge achievement; for others, a personal best was still a few more minutes away. At five minutes, there were just four people left, shaking from the exertion but too proud and competitive to give up without using up every last drop of effort. At around seven minutes, a winner finally prevailed.
It just was just one of the sporting competitions the team took part in last week to raise money for Sport Relief. What struck me most about it was that whilst everyone wanted to win, each person to admit defeat immediately got behind one of the other competitors to cheer them on.
I’m a great believer in the benefits of healthy competition; however, I think there’s a great deal to be said about keeping things in perspective and sharing in other people’s success. I took that as my lesson for the day, a great reminder that opportunities to learn more and better yourself exist everywhere – not just in the classroom.
Well done to everyone who raised money for Sport Relief last week and over the weekend. You’re superstars!