There is some controversy regarding the topic of competition in Physical Education classes. While some may view it from the standpoint of competing against others, together with issues such as winning, loosing, self-esteem, etc., I view it from the standpoint of competing against oneself.
My students are encouraged to try to beat their own performances or scores. If they are taking part in a fitness test, I encourage them to try to beat their own scores.
"It is more important to do your best than to be the best" is a quote by American olympic gymnast Shannon Miller. It is a very important motto in our Physical Education classes. You may beat Johnny, but does that make you the best? What if it was not a good day for Johnny and you beat him? Does that make you the best? On the other hand, if you try to improve your scores or performances, you will be a winner only by proving that you gave it your all and either improved, or are on your way to improving. Even if you do not beat Johnny, if you improved your scores in the attempt, then you are a winner.