IT'S time we all take a stand against violence in sport.
Last weekend's unprovoked attack on a young rugby league referee has shone a light on the dirty side of sport.
Gladstone detectives are hunting for the coward who king-hit Zac Wilson from behind as he was leaving a game at Calliope.
And parents across the region have expressed their disappointment and anger at the attacks their kids experience as they take part in what should be a healthy pursuit for their bodies and minds.
Whether it's rugby, AFL, netball, cricket or basketball - violence is just not on.
What message do we send the community's children and adolescents when thugs start swinging or fans start taunting?
The message we send is that it's okay to biff someone because we didn't like the decision they made or the way they played.
It encourages youngsters to pick on their comrades - on-field and off.
It's time for people from all codes of sport to take a stand.
Not just to quell the negative publicity but to show the younger generations that being competitive doesn't mean drawing blood.
So go on - let's give our a kids a sporting chance.