Why sport? Why me?

I’ve been involved in sport my whole life. I’ve played it, coached it, officiated it, read about it, spent endless hours in front of the TV watching it, and travelled the world building a career on it! I never reached the heights of professional sport but I reached much higher than most. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly. From making the performances that win grand finals to making the crucial mistakes that lose them. From breaking up fights in B-Grade mixed indoor netball to watching Cathy Freeman win gold in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics. From training teachers in a Palestinian blind school to training refugee coaches in refugee camps in Sierra Leone. From seeing the joy of competition between athletes with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics to seeing men behaving badly on sport tours. From writing coaching manuals to running sport competitions. You name it, I’ve done it!

I believe in the power of sport to bring joy, happiness, connection and all kinds of great life skills into people’s lives. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have, how educated you are, what your job is, what your religion/gender/sexual preference/ability/disability/life situation is, we can all be equally engaged in (and by) sport.

Not all sport is good. Not everything about sport is good. I’m not too naive to think otherwise. From gambling to drugs to sexual abuse to riots to cheating to child abuse. Sport reflects the good AND the bad of society. I just believe it reflects more of the good than the bad.

So this blog is about my take on sport. It is about sport for the sake of sport and sport as a tool for social change and connection. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I know I will enjoy writing it.

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