Just curious but is there a reason why May, who didn't know anything about pokemon when she first met Ash, won 5 out of 7 contests (which should be a lot harder to win than a gym battle)? It wouldn't be as bad either but when she won 2 of her first 3 tournaments you didn't even see her train at all. Just think the jump she made was a little unrealistic (even for pokemon). Thoughts?
And with May making a huge jump in a short amout of time, if I remember right Ash earned 4 out of his first 5 by being a good, kind kid. And Ash really didn't become a great trainer until around the 7th gym badge he got. (Back in Kanto