A champion (from the late Latin campio) is the victor in a challenge, contest or competition. There can be a territorial pyramid of championships, e.g. local, regional / provincial, state, national, continental and world championships, and even further (artificial) divisions at one or more of these levels, as in soccer. Their champions can be accordingly styled, e.g. national champion, world champion.
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Meaning In certain disciplines, there are specific titles for champions, either descriptive, as the baspehlivan in Turkish oil wrestling, yokozuna in Japanese sumo wrestling; or copied from real life, such as the koning and keizer ('king' and 'emperor') in traditional archery competitions (not just national, also at lower levels) in the Low Countries.
Final Day of the 2009 season, Fitzroy celebrate their first championship in nine years.
In a broader sense, nearly any sort of competition can be considered a
championship, and the winner of it a champion. Thus, there are
championships for many non-sporting competitions such as spelling bees
or wargames. In this context, it is used as a noun.
It is also possible to champion a cause. In an ideological sense,
encompassing religion, a champion may be an evangelist, a visionary
advocate who clears the field for the triumph of the idea. Or the
champion may merely make a strong case for a new corporate division to
a resistant board of directors. Such a champion may take on
responsibility for publicizing the project and garnering funding. But
in this case he or she is beyond a simple promoter. The word is thus
used as a verb.
In economic policy, a national champion is a large company that is
dominant in its field and favored by the government of the country in
which it is based in the belief that it will be in that country's
interests if the company is successful in foreign markets. The
practice is controversial, and economists mostly don't believe it's
beneficial, but it has long been used in
Cambridge Spinners celebrate their back to back championship in 2016.
The original meaning of the word partakes of both these senses: in the
Feudal Era, knights were expected to be champions and paragons of both
prowess in combat and of causes, the latter most commonly being either
patriotic, romantic or religious in nature (thus becoming models of
virtue). This reaches its most literal meaning in a trial by combat,
in which each combatant champions the cause of one side of the trial.
A "King's Champion" is appointed for ceremonial purposes at the
coronation of an English Monarch, to defeat any challenger to the
monarch's right to be crowned.
Champion warfare refers to a type of battle, most commonly found in
the epic poetry and myth of ancient history, in which the outcome of
the conflict is determined by single combat, an individual duel
between the best soldiers ("champions") from each opposing army.
^ Blake, Tom; Hodson, Tom; Enrico, Tony (19 September 2005). Championship selling: a blueprint for winning with today's customer. J. Wiley & Sons Canada. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-470-83675-0. Retrieved 28 June 2013. ^ DeVenzio, Dick (1 September 2006). Think Like a Champion: A Guide to Championship Performance for Student-Athletes. BookPros, LLC. p. 265. ISBN 978-1-933538-54-9. Retrieved 28 June 2013. ^ Simon, Hermann (1 January 1996). Hidden Champions: Lessons from 500 of the World's Best Unknown Companies. Harvard Business Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-87584-652-1. Retrieved 28 June 2013. ^ Gambordella, Ted (2 February 1998). O.m.a. Obsessive Mental Attitude: The Ultimate Mental Attitude. Dr. Ted Gambordella. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-4404-3940-7. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
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