What was the greatest moment of Saturday night’s thrilling rugby test match where the Wallabies managed a tight victory over a magnificent French team? It’s hard to say. There were so many wonderful moments in a game that see-sawed from the first kick off. The most patriotically inclined might have experienced a moment of chicken-skin even prior to the kick-off as they watched … [Read more...]
Never cheated in my life!
Cheat? Not me. My high school rugby coach thought that I was a terrible cheat. I went through an entire season of semi-serious high school rugby under the constant threat of being dropped from my team for my cheating ways. I was a rugby hooker. This was the seventies. Rugby scrums were different then. I was never a cheat. Well, not really. Even back then the … [Read more...]
Sport and the question of ethics
"Come on. Get over it. Move on. It's just a game!" Most sports lovers have, at some stage of their sporting lives, experienced what they perceived to be a significant sporting injustice and had their complaints answered with just such a response. But is it "just a game?" Do injustices within the sporting realm have the potential to do real damage to individuals and to … [Read more...]
Sportswear with a mission – Patagonia!
The store manager handed me a copy of “Let My People Go Surfing” by Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, and said that it would give me a good foundation for understanding the company and what it stands for. While we were chatting, a well-dressed young woman approached the manager and asked if she could submit a resume because she was looking for a job. He politely accepted … [Read more...]
“Generosity” – Chris Anstey describes Luc Longley in a single word
Australia has provided it's share of super-talented basketball centres to the NBA and WNBA (the world's premier basketball competitions). Aron Baines, Lauren Jackson, Andrew Bogut, Liz Cambage, Luc Longley and Chris Anstey are just some of the great Australian big men and women that spring to mind. Of the entire crop, Longley was the first. He started the ball rolling when he … [Read more...]