Should professional athletes be considered role models?

The sports pages sometimes read more like a crime sheet with reports of anti-social behavior, alcoholism, substance abuse, deceit, adultery, gambling and a lot more. Some of our most idolized sporting greats have been the greatest disappointments.  This all raises the...

Throwback: Historic win for England Netball

One of the most exciting sporting events I witnessed last year was a netball match between England and Australia. For those who do not know, Australia is a netballing dynasty, they were number 1s in the world for a long time, and England had only ever beaten them...

Happy Birthday George Best

What a fantastic player. I was never fortunate enough to have seen him play live but I have seen the highlights again and again. It can’t be denied that George Best was incredible. And yet his life tells us so much about the human condition and its inherent fragility....

It’s all in the mind

Mental illness is the taboo in elite athletes that needs addressing I grew up in an intense sporting environment. Some of the major lessons learned were “mental toughness” and “win or go home”. Second place was viewed as first loser. Showing weakness was not an...