The Zimbabwe-born 27-year-old Wallaby and activist easily epitomises any plucked definition of chivalry.
“Good manners and considerate behaviour towards others, especially of men towards women,” reads the printed dictionary, and occasional doorstop, that we still leaf through. Daily. And it’s right – Pocock identifies as a feminist, he and partner, Emma, refuse to be legally wed until Australia achieves equality in this union and, when not chaining himself to a digger in protest of a planned mine, he’s happy to call out a fellow professional rugby union player, on field, for his use of a homophobic slur. Having interviewed him, we can also vouch for his politeness. Well played, sir.
Celebrities Can ‘Do One’
Pocock’s claimed more than 50 caps for Australia, is the founder of charity Eightytwenty Vision and an avid campaigner for climate change. Then there’s his perspective: “Who Kim Kardashian is with, or names her child, will honestly have no material impact on my life. But an approval of a new coal mine will potentially have a huge impact on me and those around me.”
A Gentlemanly Warrior
As ACT Brumbies and Wallabies supporters will attest, Pocock possesses an ability to slay allcomers. As seen at this year’s Rugby World Cup – thumping tackles, brutish runs, a general’s calm. He stands tall. And proud. But it’s the modesty of his rallying talk that inspires most. “For me it’s simple – stand up for things that you really believe in,” he urges. By presenting him with this award, we’re doing exactly that. Who said chivalry was dead?
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