Is Competition Good or Bad for Young People?

Matt Rostron, Programme Director of London Youth Rowing, confronts the elephant in the room at the inaugural National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships.

That headline, at first glance, seems as though it should have a relatively simple answer. You are probably already laying out your own arguments and thoughts in your head as you read this. In fact, I was exactly the same. I was asked my opinion as to whether it was good for the competitors at an indoor rowing competition – whether it is constructive for them to have such a desire to beat their fellow classmates, club members, friends and family members at such a young age.

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