We probably heard these lines repeated several times yesterday as various awards were given to members of the film industry. We watched as the audience applauded the efforts of so many people: from the actors and actresses to film editors; from screenwriters to directors; from songwriters to costume designers; from visual effect artists to make-up artists, and so on. We might recall the many awards and prizes we have won … or maybe we did not win in our lifetime. We recount stories of great bravery, resilience, perseverance and sacrifice as we remember our heroes in the fields of sport and beyond. We celebrate with passion those moments when athletes broke world records, the excitement of buzzer beaters, goals, touch downs and home runs, the ecstasy of lifting a World Cup. But we also remember a struggling Gabriela Anderson-Schiess at the Los Angeles Olympics, a hobbling Derek Redmond at the Barcelona Olympics and the incredulous Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics. I am sure you could add to these wonderful stories of courage, dedication and commitment. These people have been immortalised with the same glory and honour that is normally the preserve of winners. And we have seen how those we hailed as winners have been shamed in later years. So who are the real winners and losers? St Paul in his letters to the early Church often uses the metaphor of the runner running the good race (1 Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 3:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). Jesus gives us that paradoxical paradigm, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last”. (Mt 20:16)   READ:                 If – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175772  Teaching Healthy Competition – http://www.sylviarimm.com/article_healthcomp.html WATCH:               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J1Xov0dB5Q CONSIDER:          http://www.teachhub.com/6-awesome-cooperative-classroom-games