Youth sports provide a great avenue for your kids to build self-esteem and learn invaluable life lessons.
They also provide an opportunity for parents and coaches to teach the importance of good sportsmanship to youth athletes. Our kids look to their role models for guidance, and when adults and athletes have a win-at-all-costs mentality, it can tarnish the game and bring out the worst in everyone. Good sportsmanship matters.
In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Chris was very proud of the current state of sportsmanship in speedskating.
“Our sport has a history of prestige and a lot of great athletes to pull from,” said Chris. “We are very well represented and we do our best to show the same respect and sportsmanship that other skaters show us internationally.”
Chris also told us how he displays good sportsmanship out on the ice, and offered up a very wise perspective on the concept of sportsmanship.
“After a race, I like to shake another skater's hand, talk with the teams off the ice,” said Chris. “Our goals are the same, so why wouldn't we show our gratitude?”
When asked to share a story of good sportsmanship from his speedskating career, Chris told us about a race at the last World Cup in Kolomna, Russia.
“It was our first-ever World Cup Overall win in a long time, and everyone made sure to congratulate us for it,” remembered Chris. “Team Canada made an appearance to shake our hands, even though they finished second overall.”
Chris also appreciates what his coaches and trainers do to stress sportsmanship with him and his teammates. Read his full Q&A for his story.
“Our coaches make sure to touch on that once in a while,” said Chris. “Just like our trainers tell us, "You need to make changes here before you can make changes during your race." The fact is anything can happen during a race. It's our job to prepare for every situation during our training.”
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.
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