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Ger Gilroy: Are real role models finally emerging?

Ger Gilroy

Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30

'Ashling Thompson's freely told story of her battle with depression is inspiring and needs to find as wide an audience as possible'
'Ashling Thompson's freely told story of her battle with depression is inspiring and needs to find as wide an audience as possible'

Our whole issue of using - or maybe forcing - sports people to be role models always struck me as anomalous.

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Sport requires its stars to have a bit of badness along the way to make it. The elite have a ruthlessness that if translated to real life makes them cantankerous outliers.

So if you decide that you don't want your kids to act like elite sports people, then you're asking them to aspire to the middle of the pack and eulogising a comfortable mediocrity? Meh.

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