As promised, here is the big mid issue update. Don’t miss the Mystery Dad’s extraordinary run-down of the life of an emerging London soccer player. Any parent with a child interested in taking a sporting career to the “next step” should not miss this insider’s glimpse and true story! Comedian, writer and artist, Mandy Nolan, looks at kids and their soccer exploits from a completely different angle. She explores the motivations of parents who turn into side-line monsters. There is also a wonderful story by “Guru Jack” Marshal that creates a pretty good argument as to why yoga deserves to be treated as a sport and that sporty people should do yoga whether they think it is a sport or not.
Rib-tickler stories from earlier on in the posting are still available, of course. If you haven’t read about William Finnegan’s surfing biography Barbarian Days or browsed through the story about Jean-Christophe Rufin’s journey across Northern Spain you have a treat ahead.
One change that you may have noticed in the last few weeks is the addition of a Sports Sartorialism and Style section. Sport may seem much too important an issue to trivialize by adding a fashion section but I beg to differ. Who says there is anything wrong with people expressing their personalities and person style when they are exercising or playing sport. I’m not talking about the latest sporting designer-wear. I am talking about individual style. It’s not just about being good… it’s also about feeling good, being comfortable, expressing yourself and looking good! If you see someone going about their sporting pass-times looking particularly special share it with us with a date, time and place and we would love to publish it. End images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you check out the recent Sartorialism posts you will noticed that I visited the Byron Bay sevens rugby tournament last week end. The footy was great. The participants looked great. Everyone had a great time. But the most outstanding feature of the week-end in my view was the quality of the rugby played by the women teams. Many of these rugga players have only been playing for a year or two but most of them play better than I could manage even at the end of a twenty-year career. The skill levels that many of the women have achieved in a very small amount of time is astounding.