To be successful in sport, you need the right attitude. Honesty, dignity, fair play, respect, teamwork, commitment and courage are essential to a memorable sporting performance. All these values can be summed up in the term ‘fair play’.
Fair play has to do with the choices you make - what is right and wrong. People will notice how you play the game. You will get a reputation for being a good or a bad sport which will follow you around long after the competition is over. It can shape how people act towards you before they even get to know you. To conform with the spirit of sport and build a good reputation, always:
- show respect for yourself and for others (competitors, umpires/referees and officials);
- respect the rules of the competition and of clean sport;
- be gracious as much in victory as in defeat;
- have fun and enjoy being part of the action!
Sport has little meaning without fair play. We play sport because of the chance to show our unique talents, to share, to make friends and to have fun. Fair play makes all this possible.
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