Monday, October 4, 2010

Sports Role Models-Why They Are Critical To Our Society

Being the wrong side of twenty one, my sports role models
may not be familiar to all of you reading this; but you can
probably identify with the feelings of intense admiration,
respect and motivation that a sports role model can inspire.

Sports role models can potentially bring out numerous
positive traits of a human's character. For young people
these sporting heroes can be extremely motivating and be
the perfect influence for a young developing mind and body
to grasp life in a positive, determined way.

No-one needs to state the obvious about how these days good
role models from any walk of life are needed more than
ever, but of course sports role models encourage fitness as
well as positive character traits.

With obesity in adults having doubled in the UK since the
mid 1980s, and a report in the Daily Telegraph pointing out
that overweight parents are helping the cycle repeat by
over feeding their children, sports role models are more
necessary than ever.

One of my sports role models was Nadia Comaneci, who was
the gymnast who won three Olympic gold medals in the 1976
Olympics and 2 gold medals in the 1980 Olympics. Not only
did she win these five Olympic gold medals but she was the
first gymnast ever to be awarded the perfect score of 10 in
the Olympics. Perfection, a hard act to follow, but very
inspirational!

She inspired me to train six days a week under a tough
trainer. When she was on TV, I used to drink in her every
move and analyse why the judges gave her certain scores, so
that I could learn something each time.

My other sports role model was Bjorn Borg and by watching
both him and Nadia Comaneci, I learnt a lot about mental
strength, discipline, determination, technique, persistence
and passion. I won some medals in both sports but what has
been far more important is the character practices that I
gained from those years of training and participating.

The sport is not important, what is important is
encouraging young people to enjoy some sport and build
positive character traits. If a young person goes on to be
excellent in their sport, this is wonderful but the most
vital issue is the encouragement and motivation for life
that they can learn from the right model.

Let's look at women's football, for example, which is
turning pro in Great Britain-this is a great example of
persistence against the odds. Women footballers have put
up with 90 years of condescension before finally beginning
to receive some of the acclaim that they deserve.

The Liverpool Ladies FC team were sitting in a bar in Spain
after their 5-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid Feminas. Do we
see them drowning their sorrows? No, they are dissecting
the match and excited about the positive future of women's
football. In fact the entire team know that for them to
reach the heights of their sport, they have had to stay in
while their non-football friends go out partying!


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