Kevin Fine

A bit of living room joy

2004-11-30 07:52

Bah humbug I say to all those who criticised my comments on Bryan Habana. Put this weekend's performance in your pipe and smoke it!

A bit of living room joy for us all finally as the Boks ended their tour of the UK on a high note, and our boys were rewarded with all the IRB silverware.

Let's hope the Proteas can return from India on a positive note and stick it to the English.

Speaking of the Poms, what a racquet! How could they agree to play cricket against a country that I believe should have the same sanctions placed on it as we did during apartheid?

Why are sporting events against their teams not considered "Rebel Tours"? And as for Michael Vaughn... well he's happy to play cricket in the country but not happy to meet the megalomaniac.

In my eyes they may as well be playing cricket against Al Qaeda! Once again the politics of sport makes front page news and it's the UCB that rescued the situation.

On a brigher note, I spent three days last week with the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. You're probably familiar with the awards in Monte Carlo and Portugal where the world's sporting stars and celebrities gather annually to recognise the best of the best.

But behind the awards lies the true heart of Laureus. The Foundation funds sports programmes that use sport to create social change.

Real role models

Whenever I feel negative about this country, I will be reminded of the projects in SA that are uplifting communities in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KZN.

With the guidance of the humble giant (and sporting great) Morne du Plessis, as well as Marlene Coetzee, these sports heroes interact with kids on a daily basis giving them the values that we often believe sportsmen and women should be giving to our kids.

They are the real role models that this country craves. One project in the Western Cape is rescuing sexually abused children by putting them into athletics programmes - I must be honest their presentation left me with my heart in my throat as did the basketball fanatics from Playing for Peace.

These guys are amazing, turning kids' lives around with social skills using the platform of basketball. Not to mention Jacques in Paarl who works with kids that have been incarcerated.

We often complain that sport has taken on a new personality and it's run by politicians and egos. But if you look closely you will see that the soul of sport is very much alive and truly thriving in South Africa. Viva!

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