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校長ブログ

北京2022冬季オリンピックが、2月4日から20日(16日間)の日程で7競技102種目に亘って行われ、昨年の東京オリンピックと同様に数多くの感動的な場面が見られました。個人種目に出場した小林陵侑選手や平野歩夢選手、髙木美帆選手の個人金メダルを始め、鍵山優真選手や渡部暁斗選手、村瀬心椛選手などの個人銀・銅メダル獲得には心から喜び、勇気を貰いました。

それと同時に、強く印象に残ったのが団体種目におけるチームとしての健闘です。チームパシュート、カーリング女子、フィギュアスケート団体戦、ノルディック複合ラージヒル団体、どの競技も素晴らしいものでした。残念ながらメダルには届きませんでしたが、スキージャンプの混合団体戦の最後の追い上げも見事でした。

剣道や柔道においても見られる団体戦とは、競技としては個人競技ですが、複数のメンバーが1つのチームをなして戦う形式です。試合そのものは個人戦であり、その個人戦の成績をチームで総合し勝敗が決まるものです。お互いの選手が順番に対戦する「対戦方式」、負けるまで同じ選手が戦う「勝抜き戦方式」などの対戦方法がありますが、日本は伝統的にこの形式の競技を得意としています。

「受験勉強は団体戦」とよく表現されます。これは、受験勉強は自分一人の孤独なものではなく、友人やクラス、学年全員で取り組むことによって、励まし合い・支え合う力がお互いにとって大きな力となるためということです。フィギュアスケートやジャンプ団体戦の競技後の感想でも、「一人ではないので大変心強かった」というものが多くありました。

2月22日、今年度に樟蔭中高のバトントワリング部・ポンポンチア部が全国2大大会の全種目で優勝したことを大阪府の吉村知事に報告しましたが、知事からもみんなで力を合わせる大切さをお話ししていただきました。励まし合いや支え合い、まさに女子校ならではの得意としているところです。これからも大切にしていきたいと思います。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”The Winter Olympics”

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics were held from February 4th to 20th (16 days) with over 102 events in 7 sports, and as in last year’s Tokyo Olympics, there were many remarkable and moving scenes. The performances of the individual gold medalists Ryoyu Kobayashi, Ayumu Hirano, Miho Takagi, as well as those of Yuma Kagiyama, Akito Watabe, Kokomo Murase, and others who won individual silver and bronze medals, were truly inspiring.

At the same time, what left such a strong impression on me was the resolve and determination shown by the team competitors in the group events. All of the team pursuits, including women’s curling, the figure skating team competitions, Nordic skiing, etc. were wonderful. Unfortunately, Japan wasn’t able to win a medal in this event, but the final of the ski jumping mixed team competition was also excellent.

The team competitions, which are also seen in sports like kendo and judo, are basically individual competitions, but in a format in which multiple competitors work together as one team. Each match itself is an individual match, and the results of these individual matches are combined to determine the outcome for each team. There are different types of formats within these team events such as “tournament rounds” which is a style whereby competitors compete against each other in a set order, as well as “knockout rounds” in which a competitor competes until they are ultimately beaten. Japan has traditionally been very good at this type of team competition.

Studying for entrance exams is often described as a team competition. This is because studying for entrance exams is not always something done by oneself. The practice of friends encouraging and supporting each other by working together, working together as classes, and together as an entire grade can be a very powerful thing. After watching the figure skating and ski jumping team competitions, this was the reassuring impression I was left with.

On February 22, we proudly reported to Governor Yoshimura of Osaka Prefecture that the Shoin Junior and Senior High School baton twirling and pompon cheer clubs had won all of their events at the two major tournaments nationwide and talked about the importance of working together as a team. Encouraging and supporting each other is exactly what a girls’ school is good at. I would like to continue to cherish this ideal.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno