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Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division

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This is an exciting time of year for any sports fan, and I’d count myself among those couch potatoes who truly enjoy the exciting distraction that the weekend games bring.

Even if you’re not an avid watcher of football, I suspect you may have heard about the controversial call that most analysts and fans feel cost the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys a victory in their elimination play-off game against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Ironically, in the week prior to this particular game, the Cowboys managed to advance their season further with a victory that many contend was decided by a different controversial call in their match-up against the Detroit Lions.

I don’t like the Dallas Cowboys. Indeed, they are probably my least favourite team in the league. However, I must admit, I was very impressed with how the players and their coach responded to what certainly looked like an unfair decision by the referees that put an end to their season. In speaking of the controversial play, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said this:

“But let me make it really clear: This game wasn’t about the officiating. We had 60 minutes. We had an opportunity to come up here and win a football game, and at the end of the day we didn’t get that job done. That play was big in the game, but there were other plays in the game and unfortunately we didn’t do the things necessary to win the ballgame.”

To some degree, the world of professional athletics provides a stage through which onlookers can observe important character moments as we watch players and coaches react to adversity and challenge.

I think Garrett’s response to what happened to his team last Sunday contains some important life lessons that can be applied to any situation when things don’t go as planned:

  • Accept that there are going to be situations in which we cannot control the outcome.
  • Don’t focus on others, but reflect on how your own performance could have had greater impact.
  • View the situation as an opportunity for future learning and growth.

While we all want our children to be successful and shield them from disappointment, as parents we need to show our kids how to appropriately deal with times of frustration and disappointment, when we don’t achieve the desired outcome. In so doing, we’ll help them develop their skills of resiliency, and support them toward being better prepared for their next challenge.

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. ”

– Wilma Rudolph, three-time gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics.

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