Yes folks, it’s here again the wonderful 6 Nations Rugby feast. Here are your essentials: dates, KO times, location + can you remember who beat whom in every game last year – test yourself and your friends – then enjoy some rugby Commentator Karioki & speak, with passion, the wonderful Bill McLaren colourful quotes – to rekindle the magic he created. We have 60 of Bill’s Best quotes here .
Part 1 covered sportsmanship moments number 10 to moment number 6 which included brave little Bradley Lowery, Joe Hart, French rugby and German football fans opening their homes to opposition fans, a subtle, yet magical moment in the US Masters between a Spaniard and an Englishman and a US Baseball moment. Now we’re going to reveal the Top Sportsmanship Moment of 2017 – starting with the 5th best moment.
5. All Blacks v Lions 3rd Test
A fantastic test series amidst an arduous tour of 10 games in 5 weeks – coach, Warren Gatland christened it ‘the suicide tour’. The Lions had 5 wins, 4 defeats and a draw in their bruising 10 match tour. And they somehow drew the test series. So the victory presentation and photos had both teams mixed in together with both captains, Kieran Read and Sam Warburton, sharing and holding the trophy aloft. Both were smiling.
Kieran Read (wearing his 100th cap ‘cap’) & Sam Warburton – all smiles
Some might feel a draw was a good result for the Lions and a not-so-good result for the ABs, but the smiles in the photo here say it all – it was a thrilling 3rd and final test. kiwi captain, Kieran Read, was terrific -he seemed to realise the battle was over and beamed a genuine sportsmanship smile throughout the whole proceedings, despite some players finding it all a bit awkward (as most of them, if not all of them, have never shared/drawn a test series before).
4. Lewis Hamilton Risks Title & Lets Team-Mate Overtake Him
Lewis Hamilton slowed down at the last bend of the Hungarian GP to allow his Mercedez team mate, Valterri Bottas, to overtake him & take his 3rd place spot, and enjoy a spot on the podium. That cost Hamilton three points and would ultimately reduce his total score – so come the end of the season, this could have cost him the world championship.
Earlier in the race, Bottas was ordered to allow Hamilton past him so Hamilton could pursue Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton, promised he would give the place back to Bottas if he couldn’t catch the Ferrari duo. He honoured his promise and pulled aside for his team-mate on the final corner of the final lap – despite reducing his score. Many world championships have been lost by less than 3 points but we’re happy to confirm, Hamilton did go on to win the 2017 World Championship.
After being voted coach of the year in 2016 and winning the Premier League against 5000-1 odds, Leicester City were struggling in 2017 and the manager, Ranieri, was shockingly sacked. before he left, he made an honourable and dignified farewell speech – without any bitterness, no vitriol nor vile, just love. Here’s some excerpts from his final, and most beautiful, goodbye speech:
“The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football. My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the Club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved. But mostly to the supporters.
You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too.
No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.
It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget.
It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champions with all of you.” Full speech
Ranieri will be forever loved by all Leicester City fans and I think all football fans. Here are some funny clips from his video interviews – published by Leicester City FC.
2. Anthony Joshua’s Classy Tribute to Wladimir Klitschko’
Joshua is a great ambassador for sport. He doesn’t do pre-match bad mouthing the opposition. He treats them with respect, in such a serious and dangerous sport. His first social media message after his epic world title fight against the Ukranian, Wladimir Klitschko: Joshua tweeted to his half-million followers: ‘Styles make fights. Respect @klitschko_official’.
After the fight, in front of 90,000 fans in Wembley, Joshua posted a message of respect to his opponent
Klitschko also praised Joshua via social media and in his press interviews. Mutual respect between two top pro’s.
1. Thailand’s New Snooker Star, Sunny Akani, says ‘Thank You For The Game’ to his victor, Ronnie O’Sullivan
During a World Class Battle – a Star & a Friend-For-Life emerged in early just 3 weeks ago (7 Dec). A new kid on the block, who took on the world’s best and gave a masterclass in the exquisite skills of snooker combined with the wonderful warmth of great sportsmanship.
Thailand’s 22 year old Sunny Akani, dazzled the 5 times world champ, Ronnie O’Sullivan and when things went wrong for the young Thai – he just smiled, repeatedly. Such was the mutual respect and warmth of friendship between the two, that they did the post-match interview together. Sunny said Ronnie was his hero. And then he thanked Ronnie for the game. So few remember that without an opposition you don’t have a game -hence thanking the opposition is so refreshing to hear.
To see the commentators’ reaction to Sunny & his snooker shots – watch the above video. If you just want to see the wonderful interview between two new lifelong friends – skip forward to 11 mins 20 seconds)
Ronnie said British audiences already love Sunny because (not only is he brilliant) but he ‘played with a smile on his face.’ Audiences love that, said Ronnie. They then both bowed to each other with the prayer-like ‘Wai’ gesture & then briefly spoke Thai to each other whilst wearing great big grins!
Absolutely beautiful – watch this video to the end because a star is born. Congratulations to Sunny Akino on achieving the number one sportsmanship moment 2017 and to Ronnie for being, well… the wonderfully humble, honest, humorous, friendly and most talented, Ronnie O’Sullivan.
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Here we are, once again, reviewing the year. Some great stories this year, plus a surprising number 1 moment. We’ll start with number 10 and work our way down to the number 1 moment – which surprises many but once they see the video – they get it!
Having just completed the BBC Radio London interview with the amazing host, Phil Parry, we are awaiting confirmation as to when exactly the Top 10 will be released – probably Wed 27 Dec.
We will release just numbers 10 to 6 for now and we will wait until BBC Radio London announce our final choice before publishing the remaining numbers 5 to 1, with 1 being 1st place, or the Top Moment…. so pls bear with me.
Meanwhile, here are numbers 10- 6…….
Moment/s of Kindness with the wonderful Bradley Lowery (so many moments….)
Jermaine Defoe became friends with the six-year-old, terminally ill little Sunderland supporter, the wonderful Bradley Lowery. They met when Bradley was a mascot & they became great friends. Little Bradley’s bravery, humour and warmth of character inspired Jermaine & (in Jermaine’s own words) taught Jermaine a lot about the precious gift of life & love.
There were many magical moments – which you can see Jermaine talking about on video. But there’s one in particular …
Jermaine was playing for England at Wembley and had Bradley with him as a mascot in the queue in the tunnel, when Joe Hart, the England captain, turned around and asked Jermaine to lead the team out with Bradley – an incredible gesture by Joe Hart. Full story here.
Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children
Incidentally, little Jermaine’s parents got a standing ovation at the BBC Sports Personality of the year awards when they announced the Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children.
9. Racing 92 Rugby Club Invite Munster Rugby Fans to Stay With Them
When they rescheduled Champions Cup match because of the sudden death of the Munster coach, Anthony Foley (in Paris on the morning of the match), Racing 92 RFC sent a message to Munster Supporters Club inviting fans, when they return to Paris, to stay with the Racing 92 fans homes – as it is expensive to have to travel to Paris twice for one game.
This trip was already very emotional for the many Munster fans. And now this great French club do this?
“We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,”
Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club.
Racing 92 and Munster – friends for life
The brotherhood of rugby knows no bounds. These two clubs are friends for life now.
And, good news, it’s not just the brotherhood or rugby that knows no bounds… the brotherhood of football is alive as well too……
8 Dortmund Open Their Homes To Monaco Fans
After the Champions League match was postponed for a day because of three explosions aimed at the Dortmund team bus (with only one relatively minor injury) caused the game to be postponed by one day.
Dortmund’s official Twitter account called on their own fans to help out their Monaco fans, using the hashtag #BedForAwayFans.
Dortmund FC ask their fans to help Monaco fans
The next day at the match the Monaco fans chanted ‘Dortmund, Dortmund’ – you can see it and hear it all here .
7. Magical Masters Moment in Augusta
Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Britain’s Justin Rose were both trying to win their first U.S. Masters when a special moment occurred on the 15th hole. Both players were playing ‘incredible golf’.
Garcia got an eagle & then Rose putted a very high pressure birdy to keep the score level. As they walked off the green, Garcia, patted Rose on the back amidst a fantastic battle in arguably, the greatest golf tournament in the World, The Masters in Augusta.
the beautiful Hogan Bridge, Augusta
Friendship & encouragement of your opponent during the heat of battle – extraordinary stuff.
BTW, Garcia won it in the end, on the day, that would have been his hero, Seve Ballesteros’, 60th birthday.
6. Baseball’s Respect & Friendship Among Competitors
Apart from formerly working construction sites and as a tea lady behind the scenes on UK TV’s Coronation Street, she is Britain’s only boxer to have retained a gold medal in consecutive Olympics. That is a very good reason in itself. But there is something else magical about her. It’ that smile. It’s infectious.
Nicola Adams and her wonderful smile
Greatest Long Distance Runner Always Smiled
A smile adds value to an athlete. People remember stars that smile more than stars that don’t! Here’s Elizabeth Egan, former head of High Performance Sport, University of East London (and author of Altitude Training Travel Guide) talking about how a smile adds value to an athlete’s worth. “It’s interesting the power of a smile & personalities in sport. ……. but if you ask the general public ‘who is the greatest distance runner of all time, they will probably say Haile Gebrselassie despite the fact that he has lost all 3 of his world records, two of them to his fellow countryman Kenenisa Bekele”. Gebrselassie always had a big smile. Everybody loved him.
Brazil’s Greatest Footballer Always Smiles
Ask who was Brazil’s greatest footballer ever and most people will say Pele but in fact, Brazilians will tell you it was Garrincha. But he didn’t have Pele’s smile & friendly style. People remember Pele. Here is that beautiful photograph of Pele and England’s 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore smiling as friends, after their epic 1970 battle. It is such a great photograph, I put it on the cover of my sportsmanship book (the last image at the bottom of the cover). People remember the smile.
Pele and Bobby Moore (the last photograph) embrace and smile as life-long friends
New Snooker Superstar Plays With A Smile On His Face
Meet Sunny Akino from Thailand. Just 22 years old and he gave the most fantastic snooker performance seen in years, two weeks ago against his hero, the 5 times world champion, 44 year old Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan. Read the full story here. Sunny continuously smiled and thanked Ronnie for the game and Ronnie (smiling too) says all of Britain loves Sunny because, on top of being a world class snooker player, ‘he played with a smile on his face’.
Watch the post-match interview (11 mins 27 seconds) and/or hear what the commentators say about Sunny
Try To Smile As Much As You Can
They used to give medals for poetry in the Olympics. The last gold medal for poetry was awarded in London 1948 Olympic Games. Here is a 60 second poem about smiling. It should be read out all games and remembered throughout your life. try to remember this invaluable little poem about smiling, narrated by Malcolm Weaving, from the Campaign For Courtesy.
So there, you have it. A lifetime Tip – use your smile. it’s an international language and will help you to get more things done, make more friends and oil the wheels of life. We don’t know who wrote this poem. if you do – please tell us. Or also tell us how a smile helped you – we’d love to hear your story.
If you like this poem, you might also like this other, even shorter, poem about sportsmanship. It is visually beautiful with amazing ornate graphics & makes a great Christmas gift or birthday present if you print it and frame it. We don’t know who wrote that poem either and have a 9 year ongoing discussion about it. Let us know if you know.
Last week saw the emergence of a new kid on the block, who took on the world’s best and gave a masterclass in the exquisite skills of snooker combined with the wonderful warmth of great sportsmanship. When the young Sunny Akani (22) dazzled the now 6 times UK Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan, we saw a new star in the making. Regarded as one of the greatest snooker players of all time, 42 year old, Ronnie O’Sullivan was given a master-class by the young Thai snooker star. Previously unheard of (to many) Sunny dazzled the audience with a stunning display of world-class snooker shots. Commentators said it was breath-taking stuff. And when he had some bad luck or played the rare poor shot, he smiled.
Ronnie ‘the Rocket’ O’Sullivan
At 42 years old, the Rocket has been winning for quarter of a century and is considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in the history of the sport and has been described by many in the sport as a genius (with 5 world titles and now 6 UK Championships, 31 titles in total – second only to Stephen Hendry). This quarter final proved to be an intense battle – which Ronnie said ‘Sunny should have won.’ A Star & a Friend-For-Life Was Born.
Watch some of the stunning shots or go straight to 11 minutes 27 seconds to see this amazing interview.
A Smiling Star
Thailand’s 22 year old Sunny Akani, dazzled the 5 times world champ, Ronnie O’Sullivan and when things went wrong for the young Thai – he smiled, repeatedly. O’Sullivan applauded Sunny afterwards and told Sunny that British audiences love players who play ‘with a smile on their face’.
Dual Press Interview
Such was the mutual respect and warmth of friendship between the two, that they did a dual interview. Sunny said Ronnie was his hero. He then thanked Ronnie for the game. Ronnie wore a beaming smile and looked at Sunny with warmth and great admiration and told the TV audience that British audiences love Sunny already, because (not only is he brilliant) but he ‘plays with a smile on his face’. Audiences love that, said Ronnie.
“Thank You For The Game”
When the young Thai thanked Ronnie for the game, Ronnie immediately thanked him for the game also. Both competitors wore beaming smiles throughout this interview. They then bowed to each other with the prayer-like ‘Wai’ hand gesture & spoke Thai briefly to each other. Absolutely beautiful – watch this video to the end because, last week, a star was born. remember the name, Sunny Akani.
We are delighted to announce that Shepperton in Middlesex has been selected as Top Town for Courtesy for 2017. Earlier in the year we visited the town in secret to see if its claims of being a contender to win Top Town were justified, and they were.
On Saturday 21 October members of the National Campaign for Courtesy visited Shepperton once again this time to present them with their award at the charity’s annual general meeting.
John Stokes, Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy, said: “Each year we seek out a town from across the country that has demonstrated courtesy in action. This year Shepperton really impressed our judges on their visit and now follows in the footsteps of previous titleholders Ilfracombe, Shrewsbury, Epsom and Skipton.
Friendliness and a good environment go hand in hand in making up a successful community and with the pressures of everyday life now it is more important than ever that these communities thrive. lifestyles can create a lot of stress and courtesy helps us all to treat each other with respect. The Top Town award recognises towns where the community has taken the extra step to encourage courtesy in all aspects of life. Congratulations to Shepperton on a thoroughly deserved win.”
In professional sport, amateur sport, large & little games, across the land, around the world, sporting heroes emerge every weekend. This weekend. Next weekend.
This video clip reveals an unexpected hero and also reminds us to have fun in sport. Enjoy your sport. Many players forget to enjoy their sport amidst the intensity of many sports battles. So here’s a little video that may rekindle enjoyment in sport.
Note that enjoyment (having fun and smiling) is a key pillar of sportsmanship, alongside Honour, Honesty, Humility, Friendship, Fair Play, Respect. We mis-spell Hefer as an aide memoire: HHHEFFR.
The 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship include Enjoyment.
Enjoyment is at the centre of the pillars of sportsmanship. That’s why we participate in sport. How great it is to see players acknowledge that they enjoy their sport by smiling, at least occassionally! Pele always played with a smile on his face. So too Nicola Adams (Britain’s first boxer to win two Olympic gold medals in consecutive Olympics) always smiles. In fact, she has a magical smile. See her smile in the Royal Mail postage stamp below.
Nicola Adams Smiling Stamp
The smile is a great thing. Use it. Your smile is an international language that opens doors, warms places up and warms people up.
Meanwhile, enjoy this extraordinary little video clip. Many thanks to Peter D (Lord Ogmore) for alerting us to this wonderful video clip.
The Grenfell Tower fire tragedy left over 80 residents dead and hundreds without a home to live in. This disaster touched the hearts of the nation and opened up goodwill & human kindness for all to see. Many many people donated money, clothes, water, anything to help those people that had lost absolutely everything. Local club, QPR, are playing their part too.
Communities coming together
Marcus Mumford, Shahin (a Grenfell Tower survivor) and Les Ferdinand holding QPR Grenfell shirts
Many football clubs did their bit to donate large sums of money as well including Chelsea v Arsenal, Community Shield match. This week, championship side, Queens Park Rangers Football Club, which is based just down the road from Grenfell Tower, announced that it will hold a charity football match to raise money and awareness for those affected by this tragedy.
QPR has always been a real local community club
Special QPR Grenfell shirt
The match will have ex professional players such as Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand (who was brought up in the area) and David Seaman along with celebrities such as Olly Murs and Wretch 32 along with many others.
The Loft in QPR’s Loftus Road Stadium
Olly Murs (singer)
The match will be held at Loftus Road Stadium on the 2nd of September 2017 at 3 p.m. Tickets are £15 each and all money raised goes to those affected by this tragedy. please tell a friend. More information on this QPR Grenfell charity match.
The British & Irish Lions start their first match in New Zealand, this Saturday. Lions tours are extraordinary, as fierce opponents from four countries come together, train together, play together, party together, tour together – they become friends for life. The Lions is a wonderful tradition. However, their battles overseas in the Southern Hemisphere, have been tough, bloody and some say down right dangerous. Despite the extreme intensity of the battles, there are some wonderful sportsmanship moments. Here are a few from former Lions 1974 , Ireland and Ulster wing forward, Stewart McKinney.
Ostrich Bomb & Thank You Punch
Here’s what happened when the South African giant, Johan de Bruyn met McKinney in an airport after McKinney had hit him ‘very hard’ during their encounter on the pitch……
Stewart also tells the story of de Bruyn’s generosity of spirit in a way that you simply cannot imagine, when the heroic Scottish Lion, Gordon Browne was very very ill. Coming soon……. watch this space………
Recent sportsmanship moments are discussed live on BBC radio across the UK. Georgy Spanksy chats with PR Smith about some recent amazing sportsmanship moments including the London Marathon, the Maori All Blacks & Racing Club 92 ‘s incredible gestures to Munster Rugby, & of course, that incredible competitive friendship displayed during that final round of golf in this year’s Masters between Justin Rose v Sergia Garcia.