Posts Tagged ‘School Sport’

Chess Champion Upset by Six Year-Old


Six year-old chess prodigy Lykke-Merlot Helliesen has stunned the chess world.

In a recent simultaneous-exhibition she upset the seven-time chess champion Simen Agdestein.

Agdestein was playing blitz games against nine girls simultaneously. No one was considered to pose him any threats. But Agdestei admits he was simply outplayed by Helliesen.

“She played splendidly,” said Agdestein. “She is much better than Carlsen (the grandchampion) was when he was six years old.

And Agdestein should know, having been Carlsen’s coach.

The game between the two ran out of time. But in the dying seconds of the game Lykke-Merlot was able to queen one of her pawns and thereby end the game in a superior position to her opponent.

What has stunned the world is that Lykke-Merlot has only been playing chess at club level for six months. Her family, however, have told reporters their daughter has shown a prodigious intellect from an early age, and she took to the game with ease.

“She is fascinated by the game,” said her mother, May-Brit Park Helliesen, to The Local media. “She is fond of playingchess and has never been pressured.”

Could Lesnar and Mir Meet in First Ever New York UFC?

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The mixed martial arts world is buzzing with the speculation that UFC juggernauts Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir may square-off in New York.

Until recently New York hasn’t hosted a UFC. This was because of one man: Politician Sheldon Silver has fought against the UFC, and mixed martial arts in general, at every turn.

But Silver has recently been arraigned on charges of fraud and extortion.  And with his removal from the political scene in New York goes the greatest obstacle to the UFC hosting an event in one of the world’s most lucrative markets.

Having Lesnar fight his return match in the Big Apple would be a fitting celebration.

Lesnar holds the record for highest Pay-Per-View audience ever. His loss to the franchise was a devastating blow.

But with his highly publicised departure from the WWE, and whispers of meetings with UFC supremo Dana White, rumours are flying about his return.

No contracts have been signed. No announcements have been made. There are still plenty of legal and contractual hoops to jump through. But should everything work out the way UFC fans hope it will the clash between Mir and Lesnar will stop the world.

How to Make your Child Feel Like a Sporting Legend

The final battle is here. The crowd is roaring around you. Half roar for you and half roar against you. The grass at your feet is glistening and fresh. Soon it will be mud. Your teammates surround you on the field. Only one thought remains in your synchronised minds: we must win. You have bled for this moment. You have dreamt of this moment. You will cherish this moment.

The 38 centimetre trophy sits on the side of the field. 4.5 kg of silver gilded in gold is staring at you, beckoning you to claim it on the world stage. On one handle, there is a head satyr and on the other, there is the head of a nymph. Generations have come and gone. Only the best in the world have held that cup in their hands. And now, it’s within your grasp.

This will be the tale of the rugby union team that makes it to the finals in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, vying for the magnificent Web Ellis cup.

web-ellis-cupIf this story teaches you anything, it’s that trophies have a symbolic significance in the sporting world.

But chances are your kid is still in school and has no plans to take on the world stage of rugby union. They might not be stars on a professional sporting level but it’s still nice to make them feel like stars in their little league matches.

Rewarding hard work with positive reinforcement is a great way to build confidence during those crucial, formative years of a child’s life. If anything, you do not want to be like Marshall Eriksen in How I Met Your Mother.

There’s a fine line between encouraging kids to win versus telling kids that winning is everything. Trophies are a great, positive way to reward kids for their hard work. Even though they might not be getting a gold plated Web Ellis cup made in 1906, getting any trophy can be a big deal to them. Having their glass trophies sitting on the mantelpiece or in the trophy cabinet make them feel proud of their achievements. child-trophy

They also help to mark different moments in a child’s life, much like a photo album. One trophy might remind you of the time your kid copped a basketball in the face right after scoring a three pointer. Another might remind you of the soccer match when your kid scored an own goal and got so wonderfully excited before realising the error of their ways. Or another might actually remind you of the time your kid won the swimming carnival race after months of practicing.

Whether it’s a trophy for winning or for participation or ‘most improved’, every golden cup serves as a reminder of how much your child has achieved throughout their schooling years; how they’ve learnt of hard work, perseverance and team work. We might not all win a rugby world cup but at least we can be recognized for the little victories that mark our childhood lives.

This article was brought to you by Noble Awards, the masterminds behind trophy creation.


Physical education in Schools


Physical education in schools plays a central role in breaking down barriers to participation in sport,” the report says. “It provides significant health and social benefits. It was concerning to learn from experts Australia-wide that the education system no longer reliably provides the platform upon which much of the nation’s sporting activity is based.”

That proposal has universal support in the national sports community, which has noted with concern the dramatic drop in the physical abilities of young athletes coming into the elite system in the past 20 years as physical education has declined in schools.

“The young athletes we saw 20 years ago were vastly superior in all-round fitness and general co-ordination,” says Australian Institute of Sport athletics coach Craig Hilliard. “The ones we see now lack fine motor co-ordination.