Youngsport: Kate Hayes, 11, on competitive sport in schools
Welcome to our new Youngsport columnist, Kate Hayes.
The 11-year-old from Hempsted will be writing on a host of issues surrounding young sport in her column, Kate's Pitch.
And she knows her stuff, as her sports include tag rugby, netball, swimming, cricket, athletics and kin-ball.
Kate goes to Hempsted C of E Primary School and wants to be a journalist or author when she is older.
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She lives with her parents Sally and Jason and brother Thomas, six, and sister Emily, four.
Does winning have to come first?
I love being involved in sport and have loads of fun competing... but I do like to win! Is this wrong?
Many people disagree about competitiveness in sports for children, within schools and clubs.
I did a small survey using my class, of 22 ten to 11-year-olds, to find out what they felt about competitiveness in sport at school.
Did they think it was a good thing to be competitive?
In the end 19 of them thought it is right to be competitive, and gave many reasons as to why.
They said it is good to be competitive as it teaches us to be driven and determined.
Competition also makes people try their hardest in everything they do, not just sport.
Sport provides me with useful skills, such as how to have fun, feeling part of a team, learning to lead a group and most importantly, self-confidence.
The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were a huge inspiration for many young people, myself included.
It has hopefully encouraged many other children to become more active, join new clubs, and be determined to achieve their goals!
I do enjoy winning, however, I take losing gracefully, as it has to happen, (well sometimes!).
In my experience, most children want to win and they try their hardest to.
I get a great sense of pride, not only for myself, but for the team I am playing alongside, when we are playing well as a team, and when we win.
In order to achieve that sense of pride (like the Olympians), you have got to work for it, practice and not let anything stop you!
Some members of the class felt that when sport becomes very competitive it loses its fun and enjoyment.
It is easier therefore not to play and not to be involved, as they do not want to let people down and lose their confidence.
Like all subjects within school we can't be great at everything, but that shouldn't stop us having a go and trying our best.
We should challenge ourselves, in order to become better at that subject, like I have to with maths!
Being involved in sport helps keep me healthy, happy and has made me determined to achieve all I can.
I don't feel it is wrong to be competitive and want to win.
In my opinion everyone should at least have a go at a sport, you never know you may even enjoy and be good at it… and perhaps even win!