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South City News: Tracy on a voyage to seek out winners; RUBERY.

Byline: By Tony Collins

ROUND-the-world yachtswoman Tracy Edwards has hit out at critics of competitive sports in school.

Tracy, who skippered the first all-female crew to sail around the globe in 1989, made her remarks as she met staff and pupils from Waseley Hills High School, in Rubery, during an event at Villa Park.

She was at the stadium to help launch a new national initiative to encourage fit and healthy teenagers.

The Fit Future initiative will feature a UK-wide website for schools and youth clubs to display their sports results.

Waseley Hills High School, in Rubery, has been piloting Fit Future.

The yachtswoman, responding to claims that competitive sport creates the trauma of losing at an early age, said: "I know there is criticism sometimes of competition in sport, and also of Fit Future.

"But if we don't teach our children the world is a competitive place, when are they going to learn?"

Waseley Hills High deputy head Chris Mead said: "This is about lifelong engagement with fitness.

"Fit Future is both motivational and stimulating."

The initiative's founder, Anne Cantello, said they had to motivate teenagers to "get off the couch".

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