Olympian Greg Rutherford slams schools that fail to award winners on sports day

Olympic hero Greg Rutherford has slammed schools who don’t award winners at sports days

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Olympic hero Greg Rutherford has slammed schools who don’t award winners at sports days saying they are failing children by not exposing them to important lessons in life.

Long jump gold medalist Greg, 34, thinks winning and losing is an important thing to learn even from a young age.

He said: “Failure is one of the most important things you can learn in life. It helps mould you as an individual and an adult. What you develop from it is how to respond and react.

“You are crushed when it first happens, believe me I lost more times than I won, but it gives you an internal toughness to go forward and want to break the narrative slightly. You have a drive internally to want to go and do well.

Greg Rutherford suggested that some schools are failing children
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‘But there is a slight danger in the UK now where sport is under championed. There are some schools I have been in and they don’t want to talk about the best sports person.

“They are very happy to champion the best person at reading, writing science but the best sportsperson wasn’t talked about because they didn’t want to make others feel inferior.

‘It is no different to anything else, you have to champion those people who are sportingly gifted because that might be their calling in life.

“Winning and losing goes hand in hand with sport and they are important life lessons.

“As we know life is not all gold medals for everybody. It is often very, very tough. And if we remove that from children growing up as they go into the big wide world it is going to be a huge shock for them.”

Greg called on schools to champion children that are excelling in sports
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Greg is also coaching a group of youngsters who are trying to break a Guinness World Record
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Greg says he will be the only Great Britain fan allowed at the Tokyo Olympics from Friday as he will be there reporting from events as part of the media pack, but will also cheer on the competitors.

He joked: “If you hear an Englishman going beserk at the Swimming and diving that will be me.”

Some athletes have been in contact with him to gain advice on how to win a medal. Greg will not reveal which ones as he says their conversations are private but his advice has manly been to “keep the same routine as normal” and to watch things that make you laugh like comedy films to stay relaxed in between training sessions.

Greg is also coaching a group of youngsters who are trying to break a Guinness World Record as part of a YouTube series. He said being a dad to son’s Milo,6, Rex, 4 and Daphne who was born earlier this year, has helped hone his skills in becoming a mentor for other young future Olympians.

Greg Rutherford has slammed schools who don’t award winners at sports days
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“You learn to speak to children,” said Greg. “A lot of people think when you coach you just bark orders and then the kid does as they are told. It is really important to talk to children and understand their thought processes as they do things and help them with their thought process on how to get across.

“When we were filming the children trying to break the world record I had an overriding sense of pride to do it and do it well.”

* Greg’s show Break the Record premieres on Thursday (July 22) on the Guinness World Records Official YouTube Channel and on YouTube Kids.

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