Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Shallow End

One of these women is a world record holder, one is not. One looks a little bit like a snork, the other does not.

Jodie Henry with Eddie

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Jessica Schipper

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Swimming is discredited by the fact that performances count for nothing.

2 Comments:

Blogger C-mac said...

1. Jodie Henry isn't such a bad athlete - you can hardly say she got there without performing.

2. It's an indictment of society not swimming.

3:32 AM  
Blogger timboy said...

I'm not taking anything away from Henry, she's a remarkable athlete.

I'm just highlighting the fact that we won't see Schipper gracing our breakfast cereal anytime soon.

It is an indictment on society AND swimming and corporate Australia. I don't think amateur sports should get too close to the corporate world. All the corporates care about is brand image- not about developing athletes or helping people lead a healthier life.

I also feel that it sends a bad message about what it means to be healthy, and to be strong. I think a lot of people get dispirited because they think I don't look like Ian Thorpe or Jodie Henry- so therefore I can't be an athlete, or aspire to leading a healthy lifestyle. I can't possibly be like them so why bother.

Sure many people will be inspired, but I think more are disheartened.

5:53 PM  

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