As a youngster I dabbled in as many sports as I could. Athletics, cricket, gymnastics, rollerblading, skating, soccer, swimming, tennis – you name it, I tried it. I remember doing fairly well at gymnastics and I was beginning to show some promise. On this one particular day my coach said that if I wanted to go to the next level I would need to focus my attention solely on gymnastics. After giving it some thought I decided that I preferred the team sports. Playing soccer meant I got to exercise, have fun and see and play with my friends more often. Being part of a team meant we all had our part to play in the success of our team.
As you grow older you begin to realize that you are often part of a team. In the workplace, in your friendships and relationships, in your marriages – you need to be a team player! As Madiba wisely said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does.” This was clearly evident in 2010 when we got the opportunity to witness the greatest soccer world cup ever. For once: government, companies, sponsors, fans, the public etc. were all on the same side. We were like one big team and all shared in the jubilation.
If we use that as a benchmark and apply it to sport in general we will overcome every obstacle. Sponsors will begin to invest more, additional corporates will become involved and fans will be more supportive.
Young or old, male or female, black or white, amateur or professional – we all have our part to play in sport. Sport caters for all. I think that’s one of the main reasons I love sports so much and why Friends In Sport was formed.
“it is in dreaming the greatest dreams and seeking the highest goals that we build the brightest tomorrows” – Hallmark