British children beat Aussies for will to win, poll suggests

I fully believe this. Australia is an exceptionally relaxed society

The image of the English sportsman gracious in defeat and believing in “fair play’’ does not hold for today’s children, a poll suggests.

As England’s cricketers compete for the Ashes, the poll shows England’s youngsters are more competitive than their Australian counterparts. The Cricket Foundation survey found 83 per cent of English parents said their children were competitive (75 per cent for Australians) and 10 per cent believed winning was most important (against 5 per cent).

While more than a fifth Australian children were gracious in defeat, just 12 per cent of English were.

The survey questioned more than 1,000 English and Australian parents of children aged six to 16. Almost three in 10 Australian parents said their child was always gracious in victory when they took part in sport while almost 17 per cent of parents of English children said the same.

"The survey challenges certain stereotypes, while highlighting the benefits of competitive sport," said Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Cricket Foundation.


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