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I really enjoyed the start of the week on my Early Breakfast show on BBC London 94.9 this morning. We talked competitiveness and cheating at sports at school. According to a new report, 90% of us feel the pressure to win at all costs, and 30% of us think it’s ok to cheat, especially when we’re talking finding ‘alternative’ cross country running routes.
I played in a school hockey team for a while. Mostly in the 2nd team and that suited me just fine. I’m happy in my averageness. It’s a bit like my 2.2 at University. A 1st would of course have been impressive, but at least I had some fun. I remember getting the chance to play hockey for the 1st team (after illnesses and absences rendered me the substitute), and I remember being excited to join my more sporty friends on the Saturday morning coach ride to a rival school. Immediately I could tell that things were different; instead of the usual chat about last night’s Eastenders and which shopping precinct we were going to hang around later, these girls were already talking tactics. In the 2nd team this was something that was only ever done at half time over a fizzy drink and a packet of Monster Munch when we were 6-0 down.
As far as cheating goes, that was never something that I entertained. In most part due to the fact that I just didn’t care enough. Win or lose, I maintained my perky disposition regardless. It’s perhaps for that reason (and my failure to master a tackle) that I didn’t last long on the 1st team. Still, it was fun while it lasted. Sort of.