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The Art of Winning and Losing

It takes grace to deal with both.


Last weekend, the Ateneo Lady Eagles won the UAAP women's volleyball championship round. They were up against the De La Salle Lady Spikers for the championship. Ateneo already won games 1 and 3, so the fourth game was a little nerve-wracking. Why wouldn't it be when they were also up against a team who was seeking for a 4-peat this year?

Regardless of who won or lost, we're happy for both teams (for all of the teams, actually). They all trained and worked hard. Although they were up against each other, they still showed the value of good sportmanship—which is what the UAAP is all about.

Let's face it. It's difficult to contain your emotions when you're in the middle of winning or losing. It's so easy to brag and upset the other team. But you don't want to be that kind of athlete, right? So don't worry because we have your back. We give you a short list on how to deal with winning and losing.

  1. Don't brag. Fine, you won. But there is a thin line between bragging and feeling proud. You can savor the happy moment without upsetting the other team, like telling them they played a bad game or that they didn't have enough skills to finish on top. Remember, the ball is round. What if you end up at the bottom next year? Thank and congratulate them, as well, for a great game.

  2. Don't be bitter. You lost, but that's no reason to be bitter about how things turned out. You don't have to be angry or, worse, throw tantrums. It's just a game. You surely have learned a lot of tips and tricks so you can do better next time. The important thing is you gave it your best shot.

  3. Be happy for your opponent. You have all worked hard to be in the game. You all deserve the crown. But that's just the nature of games—you win some, you lose some.
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Those aren't really that difficult to put in mind, right? And before we forget, the voting process for the Candy Readers' Choice Awards is already ongoing. Vote for your favorite volleyball player. Is it Gretchen Ho (Ateneo Lady Eagles), Michele Gumabao (De La Salle Lady Spikers), or Michelle Gohing (De La Salle Lady Spikers)? Don't forget to cast your vote HERE now! Voting period will end on March 31, and winners will be revealed in our May issue.

How do you handle winning and losing, Candy Girls? Share some pointers in the comments or tweet us @candymagdotcom! We'd love to hear from you. :)

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