Friday, August 10, 2012

Baron Pierre de Coubertin's Olympic Message

Baron Pierre de Coubertin the founder of the Olympics said that  “The most important thing about the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part...just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle”.

To me the Olympic message means that it's not about winning but about taking part. It’s about being given the chance to represent your country but also enjoying it while it lasts.

To me the second part of the Olympic message means if you want to be successful you have to struggle to get there. Like if you want to get a medal from the London Olympics you have to sacrifice your time and your family. To be a successful athlete you have to eat the right foods and practice, practice, practice! They have to be determined to stick to their goal.

To me winning isn’t everything it's taking part and having fun, but also representing your country and making them proud. Determination, Dedication and Desire are three very strong and meaningful words. To win something you have to be determined to win, you have to dedicate something to someone and you to have desire to win a gold medal.

I hope that the athletes representing New Zealand will be happy with themselves even if they don’t reach their goal.  

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