Ten thousand hours of elite training plus talent and a lot more are what expert coaches say are required to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Queensland.
Carefully selected participants, from many diverse backgrounds and nationalities, are competing for the small number of highly coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the honour of their home countries.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been welcomed at Carrara Stadium to officially open the Commonwealth Games.
This is a tournament in the authentic sense of the tradition and will be settled by elite performances arising from a combination of talent and training (PRR) over many years.
Sometimes elitism is misunderstood. Like other human strategies such as punishment and reward there are both appropriate and inappropriate contexts for understanding the value of these behaviours.