I’ve noticed over a few threads that among some of our members there is a decided antipathy – if not hatred – of sport, either spectating or participating.
And I don’t get it.
I have always been interested in sport. I played rugby to a fairly decent level – at the cost of field hockey. I was an adequate cricketer. I refereed to a pretty decent standard (L5 in England). I like to think I am coordinated in most things save dancing.
But more than that. I think one of the reason I am who I am is because of sport. It taught me a lot of important life lessons. Leadership, and what that looks like when you’re getting beaten. Teamwork – rugby is a team of units that have to work seamlessly to succeed. As much as an introvert as I am, the ability to meet someone and get onside with them inside 30 seconds.
And that’s aside from the sheer enjoyment of the physical process of sport. Running hard, and pushing myself to keep going when it seems difficult. The endorphin rush.
I had crappy PE teachers – but they got crappy around lack of effort, not lack of accomplishment.
Some of the best relationships I’ve built and people I’ve met have been through sport.
I genuinely don’t understand what people have against it. Help me understand so I don’t become all judgey.