At a recent event I was attending I asked the teacher who was organising the competition about what prizes she had for the winners. I asked her was the there a first, second and third and to quote a lyric from a famous Hot Chocolate song ''Everyone's a winner'' She said Everyone gets a medal. I wanted to say something but could see the joy in her face and I didn't want to ruin her day. I waited until the following week to drop the bomb and come clean about how I felt about all children receiving a medal and how that can impact on there lives in later years.
She completely understood my point of view but I could see that she was going to continue down that path. If many teachers and youth leaders start this pointless and dangerous exercise then we will have a whole load of kids growing up butt hurt and very angry because they are not winning in life.
Remember, give a trophy to the winner. Show the other kids that there can be only one. How about we give Roger Federer the trophy and give everyone else a medal for taking part. This is the kind of nonsense that will destroy the next generation.