To increases your chances of success you should compete on your strengths; therefore to increase the chances of your pupil's success they should be able to compete where they are strong. For some the traditional track and field events are what they are good at, others it's completing experiments/writing stories/building bridges out of newspaper.
Next week is Sports Day, the slip in his book bag told me. Occasionally, I still have nightmares about school PE. They want us to turn up and "cheer the children on". It is reassuringly worded to reinforce a non-competitive vibe ("an emphasis is placed on the taking part"). Then I see there's a buggy race. This sounds like a dubiously worded 'mummies race'.
Up and down the country children and adults alike are fretting over school sports days. Sources of worry are diverse: will Jack be allowed to win every race again? Will Ruby's trainers be up to scratch? Will Liam be able to stand the humiliation of losing? Are children being damaged by competitive sports days? Should there be a prize for everyone?