THE past 12 months or so was a period in history where sportsmen and women disappointed society in more than one way. We know by now that money, fame, a lack of life skills and ego can be devastating in the hands of those who see themselves as heroes instead of men and women blessed with special talents.
Your attitude towards life, your environment, your creator and fellow citizens is there for everybody to see and witness.
I'm a keen mountain biker and go for the odd jog from time to time. On a recent run along the Seaview road, from Bushy Park towards town, the litter alongside the road was shocking to see. It consisted of water bottles, fuel sachets, energy drink bottles and broken shades, etc.
In short, overwhelming evidence that some of the litter was caused by joggers, walkers and cyclists.
It is just more proof of our attitude towards our environment and those around us.
I understand that it is not possible to stop once you have dropped a water bottle in a cycle race, but you could always revisit the route and pick up a few bottles, even if they are not yours.
We, as users of that road for training purposes, should feel ashamed of ourselves. We are definitely not setting an example to anybody.
I wonder if any sporting club or individual will volunteer to clean this stretch of road?
Oh yes, and then the issue of some road cyclists and their attitudes – why can't you guys greet other users (runners/walkers) on the road? Ego problems?
This behaviour is evidence that we are part of some distinctive problems and not solutions of our society – and that is just not good enough for sportsmen and women! Exercise, greet, enjoy and do not litter – not a tall order?
Rabe Nortje, Port Elizabeth