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    I think physical activity is very important but not necessarily competitive sport

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    They do need some sort of physical activity but it doesn't have to be sport or in particular competitive sport. But an interest in some sort of activty (doesn't have to be physical, could be something like Art) is really good for them.

    DD1 & DD2 have a love of gymnastics. Not necessarily super competitive as DD1 is just doing Level 2 Prep at the moment and DD2 plans to start Levels next year. They are both in a Team as well. While DD3 just plain wants to get better at swimming (loves watching the Olympics atm) and I might look into some extra swimming for her soon. She also does recreational gymnastics just for the fitness aspect and has no interest in doing competitions.

    DD2 & DD3 do also get a taste of team sports through school and quite like what they have done so far. DD1 prefers other forms of sport at school. Did Yoga for a while.

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    Blergh. I hate sports, and I am a gracious winner/loser, very sociable, able to work in a team, and fit. I think sports can help develop those things, absolutely, but i don't think necessary. I did ballet and was always a good swimmer. I can't stand playing with other people, I don't even like going to the gym. I jog and i swim.
    Also, different kids will get different things out of sports, DP and i were just discussing last night that DS will probably never excel at sport, he's not terribly interested in perfecting skills for its own sake, more interested in the social aspect. So he will probably enjoy team sports for that reason but not so interested in personal bests. So i think sports enhance personal traits that you already have, or have the potential to develop.
    Not everyone who plays sports will learn to be gracious- I've seen plenty of dummy spits on the field by 30+ year olds!

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    Yes I think sport is very important and can't wait to have my DD doing sports!

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    I have a natural aversion to 'sports' based on my high school experiences.

    I went to a high school where enormous emphasis was placed on sport. Not that I - now - object in principle. Heck, given the school was also an unofficial feeder school for the local jail, getting students to concentrate on sport was a positive.

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    I remember being dragged into the principal's office in Grade 10 after missing a regular double sport period because I was doing my Advanced ballet exam instead. I was lectured on the importance of physical exercise etc. Um. Ok. I was just floating around a room looking pretty instead. Lazy bish. Should have been playing touch footy instead.
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    I believe that kids need to do some form of physical activity. I come from a small country town where we only had afl & netball in winter and tennis, cricket or basketball in summer. I now live on the gold coast and my ds's have so much to chose from and I will be letting him chose what he would like to try. At the moment he does swimming once a week as I think it is an important thing living so close to the coast. He also is in his 3rd season of little athletics which he loves. This will be his first year of actual competition which he is so looking forward to. He is also into his nrl, afl & soccer and will get to chose which one he wants to do next year.

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    I think physical activity is incredibly important for kids (and adults). However, I don't see it as necessary that all children do competitive or team sports.
    I know that sport apparently leads to kids being 'team players', having empathy for others etc but that wasn't the case for me as a kid. More, the kids that were naturally good dominated all the teams, got the better positions (in netball etc), were chosen for inter school comps, while us uncoordinated ones were constantly rejected and left out. It was mortifying for me, and at our school we were forced to do sport until year 12. 12 years of rejection and humiliation. Great.

    Currently my kids do swimming lessons and gymnastics. they will start martial arts next year. We also ride our bikes everywhere.

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    yes, i think it is very important.

    However, my definition of "sport" is very wide...and often to me it is more important that they have a "3rd place"...home is 1, school is 2, "sport" is 3rd...a place for them that they enjoy.

    Exercise is also very important

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    I believe that children should be fit and active...I don't deem team sports as important. I never played a team sport regularly as a kid (did a couple of fill in's for netball but nothing regular) but was always a fit, active kid and I'm still a fit and active adult but I still have no interest in team sports. All of my jobs have involved me working in a team, however, and I am fine working in a team. I just find sport boring.
    My kids are fit and active but Nippers is the only thing they do that is part of a 'team.' All the other things they've expressed interest in involve doing an individual thing amongst a group of people.

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    No, I HATE competitive sorts and will not push DS into any kind of team sports. However I do think it's important for him to be physically active, you don't need to compete to be fit and active.

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    I think being active is important, but sport depends on the individual. DD did gymnastics for a few years, and is very active. But she doesn't have natural sporting ability. No matter how hard she tries, its just not going to be an area she does well at, or enjoys. But she's an extremely gracious loser ("I don't mind if I lose, everyone's good at different things" is a bit of a catch cry of hers).

    She's more interested in art and music. I'm not going to make her play team sport when she's not interested, and the rest of the team won't want her there because she's not athletic and drags them down. It would just damage her self esteem. I believe in playing to your strengths and interests. She asked to learn the violin instead of doing gymnastics this year and she's absolutely loving it, and feeling really good about herself because she's found something she has a talent for.

    Everyone's different and there are lots of different paths to choose from.

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