Friday, December 6, 2013

Thank you Nelson Mandela

From where I sit it looks like world lost one of our greatest sportsmen...

It's amazing how one person could have such an impact on the world of sports and yet do so much more outside. Any effort to fully evaluate Mandela and his accomplishments would take up the better part of a week of writing. The documentary the 16th Man and the movie Invictus go only a small way to showing his impact on the world of rugby. His presentation of the Webb Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar is a small embodiment of the hope and change Mandela brought to South Africa. Prior to that I was witness to South Africa's first appearance in international competition since their ban was lifted. The 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria saw the South Africans welcomed back with a standing ovation. It still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you Nelson Mandela for making the world a better place.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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