Opinion

Future bright for youth with right attitude on, off field

BRYAN Moseley said, "Being a winner is more than getting a first-place trophy. It is acting like the effort was an honour and the trophy is just a decoration."

My thoughts exactly, Bryan.

I love having my pod buddy and sports reporter extraordinaire Jake Jones back in the office, but his recent leave of absence for a jaunt down south provided an opportunity for me to venture forth from the realm of online and put my sports cap back on.

Sporting achievement is the epitome of hard work.

To get to the pinnacle of their sport, even the most naturally-gifted athletes have to give it their all.

It's a pleasure to be able to help recognise the dedication shown by local people in pursuing their passion.

It is especially lovely to see the potential of a number of young athletes who are achieving success, although what I have been beaming about to other people is the attitudes on show.

Their future, whether it lies in the sporting field or not, is sure to be bright.

In saying this, if there comes a time that for whatever reason you no longer are at the level you are now, remember: No one thing defines us.

It's a bit of advice that a couple of people close to me have taken to heart recently and it rings true.

Apart from the word "athlete", here are just a few words that can be used to describe the people I've encountered.

Adaptable. Dedicated. Caring. Focused. Humble. Happy. Mature. Miraculous at time management.

Thanks for giving me a great time at work folks, and congratulations to those achieving success, as well as the coaches, parents and other supporters behind them.

Topics:  athletes, gladstone sport, lisa maynard, opinion



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