Sports Stars Restoring Faith
It's very easy for the highly talented and well paid sportstar to become disconnected with the rest of the populace.
So when a story comes through of a great gesture of some of sport's superstars, it's great to be reminded that these athletes are people too.
This story comes from Sydney, Australia and features Australia's greatest hope Israel Folau and their incumbent outhalf Bernard Foley:
The best #SuperRugby story you will read all weekend (and it's only Friday). Well done @NSWWaratahs. pic.twitter.com/LqSJHMstkj
— Alistair Hogg (@AlistairCricket) March 13, 2015
Just in case that's a bit small, it reads:
A class act
A little story to warm the cockles and pay due credit. On Tuesady two NSW (New South Wales) officials spotted Harry, an 11 -year old would-be cricketer, in distress outside the Allianz Stadium (Where the NSW Waratahs play) precinct.
Harry had been eliminated from selection trials for a primary schools cricket team and was visibly upset as he waited to be collected by his parents. The Waratahs officials checked on his wellbeing and asked who was his favourite Waratahs player.
A few minutes later, Bernard Foley and Israel Folau wandered out for a chat, and handed a greatly cheered Harry the no. 12 jumper Kurtley Beale had worn in Brisbane last weekend.
"They also spoke to him about the disappointment of missing selection for the cricket team and the need to stay positive and keep trying - even joking that maybe he should focus more on his rugby! They were still talking with him when his arrived to pick him up," Harry's father, Anthony, said in a letter of thanks to the club.
"As you can imagine this went a long way to cheering him up and take away some of the disappointment he was feeling. Having two of his favourite rugby players - both of whom are obviously very high profile - was an experience he will never forget. He also loves the jersey."
Bravo Waratahs indeed.
Photo Credit Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile