I haven’t been following the 2018 Commonwealth Games with any real interest, other than an awareness that they are taking place and Australians seem to be winning the odd medal (of all colours). And so this story from The Sydney Morning Herald caught my attention because of the mention of no medal being in sight.
And the athletes named in this story are to be celebrated and honoured, not for winning a medal but rather because of the behaviour that they have exhibited as competitors and sportspeople. The behaviour exhibited by these Australians has thankfully restored my confidence that Australians sportsmen and sportswomen are not all about winning at all costs but appreciate the way their particular sport should unfold and be celebrated.
As the writer, Michael Gleeson, rightly points out:
Yes, there is an obvious and timely counterpoint here with the Australian cricket team in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.