Sometimes ‘correctness’ is totally incorrect
AUSTRALIANS love sport. They always have.
Cricket, football, soccer, netball, tennis, golf, athletics, swimming, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, horse racing, greyhounds, equestrian, gymnastics, cycling.
Male or female. Boys or girls. Young or old. The options have never been greater.
So why are some of us so determined to change things, to alter the rules?
There is a push to stop recording scores in some junior sports. their
Is mass participation really in everyone’s best interests? More is better … for whom? The sport? The sponsors? Let’s not get confused between physical activity and sport. Physical activity is a must. It should be a priority for every school.
Healthy body, heathy mind — everybody wins.
But not everyone must play a sport and not every sport needs to compromise its principles to appeal to the masses.
We should be asking ourselves why we need hundreds of thousands of players to justify our existence, not how to get the masses to play a given sport.
Surely finding one’s passion and drive to wake up in the morning and be better by the time you go to bed is the first step. Indecision is the problem. Great minds disagree and confusion reigns.
Columnist Graham Cornes is a classic example.
His article in yesterday’s Advertiser, said exactly that. “Perhaps a compromise needs to be reached.”
The Graham Cornes I knew didn’t compromise for anyone.
Did NBA sensation Ben Simmons ever compromise?
Did his parents? Did Eddie Betts or Jake Lehmann?
Did Jess Trengove, Anna Meares, Nat Von Bertouch, Erin Phillips ever compromise? I think the answer is no.
They chose a sport, in most cases from a very young age, and their parents supported them. The same could be said for thousands of other kids, not so familiar to us, right around the country, with parents supporting them and running them all over the state to allow them to follow their passions. What’s the problem? If we are going to point the finger at sport, should we not then point the finger at every activity that doesn’t do what we are demanding sport does?
Isn’t education the same? Aren’t we graded from five years of age?
Aren’t art and drama, music and dance the same?
There’s even been a suggestion from an AFL club to make the grand final a “best of three” series to make it “fairer”! What the? Thankfully former Geelong great Jimmy Bartel, now a media commentator, quickly disagreed and hopefully put an end to that idea. It’s correctness gone mad. Making life easy doesn’t necessarily make life better.
Hard work still matters, as do rules.
They do at home, at school, at work and at play.
The world is an ever-changing beast. I get it, but just because something is old doesn’t make it wrong.
Sport is anything but broken. It might need an occasional Band-Aid or TLC but there is no need for major surgery on games that have survived decades and decades and given so much to so many.
And if it ain’t broken, we all know what not to do!
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