Monday, 14 September 2009
Here in Newcastle the word "Champion" is commonly used as an adjective. For the rest of the world it's only a noun, with two possible contexts. Someone who has won, or someone has been chosen to represent a group of people. In terms of our sport, and specifically our gym, once you have won the medal or won the belt, you can call yourself a champion. Now it's put upon you to be the representative - to carry the reputation of the academy on your shoulders. You must fulfill the second part of the definition once you have achieved the first. You can, and should, interpret that to mean you must be athletically excellent. You have to be the fittest, strongest and bravest to bear that accolade. The athletic aspect is a given, but in my opinion a champion should be more than a sportsman, but an example of human quality in every respect. Champions who lack integrity are always remembered as disappointments. Who would you rather be, Pacqiou or Tyson?