Sport is part of our life as a Hobby, as recreation, for Fitness and Health, as Entertainment and a Business,
It is certainly part of our life as we learn to compete against others and develop our instinctive desire to win.
Playing Sport helps to shape our character and a direction for our life. We develop skills which later on in life will enhance our social lifestyle and give us confidence in making friends and relationships.
We understand through Sport the importance of being a team player at school and at work.
You can participate in sport through individual pursuit such as Athletics Swimming Golf Boxing and Gymnastics while in team sports we have a fascination for ball games such as Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis.
An Amateur is someone, man or woman, who competes in sport without payment. In other words, they compete for the joy of competing.
This is reflected by the Olympic Games which comprise a multitude of sports of different discipline sports in which competitors take part to prove they are the supreme champion in their chosen sport of excellence.
The first second and third in each event are rewarded with a gold silver and bronze medal respectively.
The Olympic Games are held every four years in a different country from the last. They were first initiated officially in 1896 in Athens Greece at the foot of Mount Olympus which gives the Games their name.
In Athletics, we are familiar with events such as the Sprint, Marathon, Relay and the Pole Vault.
Marathon, incidentally, is the long distance running race which takes its name from the race at those first 1896 Olympics, starting at Mount Olympus and finishing at the village of Marathon 26 miles away.
When you are paid for what you do, you cease to be an amateur and are a professional.
Sport extends to Animals as well and there are sports such as Horse and Greyhound Racing, Rodeo in Canada and Bull Fighting in Spain.
Motorized competition is very popular in the form of Formula 1 Grand Prix and Rally Car racing as well two-wheel motor-cycle racing around a circuit.
Sport is so many things to so many people.
It helps us become a winner and achieve personal excellence for our own life.
Go on, accept the challenge. Embrace it.
What a great sport!
On your marks, get set, go!