If anyone wanted an example of the benefits of competition there can be no better example than the consequences of the recently completed Americas Cup.
In striving to become the best, both Team NZ and Oracle made remarkable advances in their performances in the final 18 days of that competition. Boats that were considered dangerously fickle at the outset were tamed to become low flying turbo charged birds of extraordinary elegance and beauty that could perform the unimaginable feat of travelling at twice the speed of the wind that provided the energy to their sails.
The reminder to everyone who watched the spectacle unfold that we live in a time of constant and ever hastening change. The need to innovate and progress dramatically realised in the knowledge that it was only the last minute introduction of an automated foiling mechanism that separated the boats.
Gut wrenching for the Kiwis who had been the masters of foiling technology and its use until the penultimate moments of the Cup regatta.
Sure the Americans won the right to hold on to a piece of historical silverware but the real winners were all those who chose to compete, those who believed that the journey was a greater reward than the destination and who will take great pride in the knowledge that they had contributed to an occasion that had captured the imagination of peoples around the globe.
We should all be grateful to their collective will.
Its a lesson for us all.