…on the Champion vs. the Winner
by Bill Welker, EdD
What is the difference between a champion and winner? Believe me, there is a difference.
The champion is a man of character, whereas the winner is just a character. The champion respects his adversaries while the winner belittles his opponents. The champion is thankful for his success. On the other hand, the winner is self-centered and arrogant. And finally, the champion accepts defeat with dignity, but the winner makes excuses and blames others.
Below are the personal qualities or positive traits that true champions always demonstrate:
C - Commitment: The champion is dedicated to improving his athletic skills.If you want to truly be respected by others as a wrestler, compete as a champion - and not just a winner. The poem below suggests that there are champions in life that go beyond standing on the top of the podium:
H - Humility: The champion attributes his success to those around him.
A - Attitude: The champion always exhibits a positive attitude - win or lose.
M - Maturity: The champion keeps his composure at all times.
P - Perseverance: The champion never quits even when he falls short of victory.
I - Integrity: The champion always plays by the rules.
O - Obedience: The champion always accepts advice and positive criticism.
N - Nobility: The champion presents himself as a positive role model.