Partner link: Love Peace No Racism No Sexism No Violence No Homophobia

What brilliant usage of signage on steps into the stand in Whitehawk FC, a non-league football club with a passion for football and what’s right in life.  The fans don’t tolerate an ‘ism’ of any kind. They don’t tolerate small minded bias and they even chant: “Homophobia, we say NO!”, “Sexism, we say NO!”

Based on the south coast of England in Brighton, they are the city’s second biggest football club, and  work hard to create a sense of inclusion for all, as well as supporting their team and other causes.

Whitehawks FC signage on the steps in the stand: Love, Peace, No Racism, No Sexism, No Violence, No Homophobia

Excellent Signage

Crowd-funded by Whitehawk fans, 30 children affected by the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in Shepherd’ Bush, West London, spent a welcome day at the seaside, and were matchday mascots for the game on the day.  This was a wonderful day for the inner city kids who will remember their day by the beach. It was also a show of solidarity from a non-league club community with a big heart on the south coast of England supporting another community far away in London. This means alot to the Justice4Grenfell community and it campaign back in west London.

A great club, great compassion and strong values, Whitehawk FC.

Drop into Whitehawk’s ‘Community Day’ lined up for March 30  – a celebration of the East Brighton Community as the team continue their ‘Great Escape’ from the nether regions of the Bostik Premier League…… c’mon you hawks!

#Grenfell #Whitehawks

Partner link: ‘Enemies on the Bays and Best of Friends Off It’  Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui

‘Enemies on the Bays and Best of Friends Off It’ said the commentator as two of snooker’s great competitors embraced, for some time, after their semi-final Masters battle was over.

Ronnie O'Sullivan's Instagram photo (he and Ding Junhui smiling together)

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Instagram photo and comment says it all ‘What a match against my brother Ding’.

This is sportsmanship around the snooker table.

Warm words between the two of them. Ronnie O’Sullivan is a big fan of Ding Junhui. They leave the hall, arm in arm, friends forever.

 

Ronnie O’Sullivan has form when it comes to great sportsmanship.  He oozes it and he receives it.  Consider both of these beautiful O’Sullivan snooker stories.

No1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments 

Some still say that the 2014 UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the then 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan,  was the greatest snooker final ever. Full of twists and turns and great sportsmanship.  Trump somehow came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest, but he was lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame and Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan…. Trump smiled and beamed as he and Ronnie spoke intimately and passionately.

Thailand’s New Snooker Star, Sunny Akani, Thanks Ronnie O’Sullivan 

The smiling new snooker kid from Thailand, Sunny Akani, won everyone over with his dashing snooker, and huge smile all the way through the match, which he should have won (Ronnie agrees). It’s the post-match interview that says it all when Ronnie says that Sunny smile has won the world over to him.  Sunny replies, whilst beaming a great big smile: ‘Thank you for the game!’

There was another moment of magical sportsmanship by Ronnie – did anyone see it – regarding not taking a 3rd penalty to win the match?  Tell us if you did. Post a reply/comment below.

 

Thanks to Pat Foley for alerting me to this story.

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2018 (part 2 of 2)

BBC Radio London broadcasted our Top 10 Moments – you can hear it here & or see the photos below.

BBC Radio London Top Ten Sportsmanship Moments 2018

Part 1 covered the 10th best to the 6th best sportsmanship moments from 2018. Part 2 covers the Top 5 moments including the number 1 Sportsmanship moment from 2018.

5th Place Athletics: Exhausted Aussies Wait For Lesotho’s Last Place Runner

The Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast produced a moment of sportsmanship – which many missed if you didn’t watch until way after the end of the 10k women’s race.

Long after Stelle Chesang the Ugandan star, won gold & long after most of the other competitors had left the track, the three exhausted Australian runners Eloise Wellings, Madeline Hills and Celia Sullohern stayed on the track …waiting … some 3 minutes for the final runner, Lesotho’s, Lineo Chaka, to finally cross the line.

The 3 Australian athletes applauded & congratulated her on completion of one of the most physically demanding events in sport.  Out of courtesy and respect, they waited for the last runner, the lone runner to complete the race.  

A golden moment of sportsmanship from the Gold Coast of Australia.

4th Place GOLF: European Captain Hugs American Tiger

2018 was a Ryder Cup year (every two years) full of expectation, tension and excitement

You might recall that Tiger Woods had been struggling with his game for some time but just before the Ryder Cup kicked off in September, he finally won his first competition in 5 years. Tiger was back!

The Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup

So although the newly revived Tiger posed a great threat to Europe, when Tiger Woods stepped onto the 1st tee, Europe’s captain, Thomas Bjørn (Denmark), gave Tiger a big bear hug, a shake of the hand and a welcome to a wonderful battle of sport.

3rd Place Motor Racing: “I lost my legs but not my daredevil spirit”

When it comes to bravery and fighting spirit, this quote from 19 year old Billy Monger says it all:   “I lost my legs but not my daredevil spirit”.

19 year old Billy Monger aka Billy Whizz

Billy Monger, F4 racing driver, had both his legs amputated after an horrendous crash during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park in April 2017.

He returned to racing in March 2018 – the British Formula 3 Championship – less than a year after the accident.

‘Billy Whizz’ then claimed his maiden British F3 pole position on his return to Donington Park in September. He also finished on the podium in 3rd place.

So if you things go wrong for you – think of 19 year old Billy Monger’s words:

“I lost my legs but not my daredevil spirit”

2nd Place BOXING:  This Man Is The Epitome of Great Sportsmanship

Anthony Joshua is a British Heavyweight boxer who holds four world heavyweight titles. He is also an absolute gentleman and an icon of sportsmanship. Here’s why…..

Anthony Joshua enters the defeated Russian, Alexander Povetkin dressing room

After his last fight, his opponent Russian, Alexander Povetkin, sat slumped in his dressing room, when there was knock on the door.

The Russian fighter looked up and saw Joshua, walk in.  Joshua bowed to the Russian, and said “Respect! You are a great boxer”.

Joshua then said that he’d like to visit Russia. Povetkin smiled through his bruised and battered face and invitingly welcomed him by saying “anytime”.

One other extraordinary thing that happened during this fight was both fighters tapped gloves at the start & end of each round. Not everyone agrees with this – but one thing we do agree on is that there was great respect between these two fighters.

Anthony Joshua always shows great respect for opponents, before, during and after each fight. Joshua is an icon of great sportsmanship.

1st Place Football: An Open Letter Dripping With Kindness Remembering Ray Wilkins

A beautiful story, in fact, an open letter written by Nigel Quashie about Ray Wilkins who died 4th April 2018.

If you recall Ray Wilkins won 84 caps for England and captained his country 10 times. He also captained Chelsea at the tender age of 18. He played for Man U, Chelsea, AC Milan, Glasgow Rangers and QPR as a player-manager, a rare thing to see these days.

Nigel Quashie played 300+ matches in professional leagues notably with QPR, Notts Forest, West Brom, Portsmouth, Southampton West Ham and then came back to QPR. He also played for Scotland. He was a lovely midfield player.  He now runs his own academy IPDA.

When Ray Wilkins died this year, Nigel Quashie wrote an open message to Ray Wilkins and his family which he posted instagram Nigel.Quashie. Here it is:

I will always be proud to say how lucky I am to have been coached, managed and to even meet you, if it wasn’t for you I would never have started my career playing football.

I will never forget going to Manchester United as a YTS trainee to do all the kit and boots in the changing room for the first team squad [Aug 1995]. 1 hour 30 minutes before kick-off you name the team and I was in it and that’s how my debut went,  I didn’t even get to think about it because all you said was you’re number 18, here are your boots and shin pads, just go out and play, have fun, and treat it like your over the park with your mates.

My mum never had a mobile phone back then because we couldn’t afford anything like that and everything went through her work or home phone.

I asked you after the game if I could call home to speak to her, you said ‘use my mobile and call this number’, it was my mum on the other end of the line and she said she was outside by the away team bus.

I went outside to see her I asked how did you get here because I knew she couldn’t afford it. She told me Ray has got the club to pay for her train ticket to come to the game and then told me that Ray got the club to give us our first mobile phone in life during the week, and he wanted to surprise me knowing I was making my debut.

I was given a chance by Ray Wilkins, one of the legends of the game and to this day you are the first person I mention when it comes to football and that will never change.

You will be missed so much, not just in the football world but as a real human being with such class. Thanks for everything and my thoughts go to all the family, sleep well, Sir Ray Wilkins.

Nigel Quashie’s Instagram Message about Ray Wilkins

Part 1 contains another 5 great stories from 2018 including a stunning photograph capturing another footballing moment of magic from Colombian & Mexican fans to an Egyptian Fan.

See how these compare to Top 10 Moments Of Sportsmanship 2017  or

Top 10 Moments of Sportsmanship 2016

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2018 (part 1 of 2)

Here are the Top 10 moments from 2018 – in reverse order. Part 1 covers 10th best moment to 6th best moment and Part 2 cover 5th best to 1st best moment of sportsmanship from 2018.

10th Football: 2018 World Cup Football in Russia

The 10th best moment this year was captured by a great photograph of fans from Colombia and Mexico lifting a disabled Egyptian fan in his wheelchair so that he can see Egypt playing on the big screen in the fan zone area.

Mexican & Columbian fans lift an Egyptian wheelchair-bound fan to see his team play

A proud Egyptian (in the wheelchair), waving his flag whilst held aloft by Mexican and Colombian fans. It’s a beautiful moment.

9th Rugby: Post-Match Kiwi Tweet to Irish Victor

I was in Dublin when Ireland beat the All Blacks in November. It was 80 minutes of the most intense test rugby I have ever seen. I was also lucky enough to be in Chicago two years ago when we beat them for the first time (in 111 of trying). But this game in Dublin was so intense It was a savage man-to-man battle that raged for 80+ minutes……like 80 minutes of common assault.

After this intense battle  TJ Perenara  (number 21), who leads the Haka, tweeted a beautiful message to Ireland’s Kiwi-born centre, Bundee Aki:

Kiwi sends a message of love, respect and excitement about their next battle

Nothing but love my brother @bundeeAki. Congrats to you and the team.  Looking forward to the next one bro.

8th ATHLETICS Young American Refuses Shot Putt Qualification for the Regionals

This is a story about an ordinary 17 year old American schoolboy, Davis Robey, who throws the shot put (one of the original Ancient Olympic sports) for Mason High School and dreams of one day qualifying for the Ohio Regionals.

The shot putt is one of the original ancient Olympic sports

An official scorer announced Robey in fourth place with a throw of 137 feet. He’d finally qualified for the Regionals. But Robey refused as he knew he only threw 132 foot.h

He alerted the judges to the error and forfeited his dream of competing in the Regionals.

A sound young man who places integrity above ‘success’ and even such a young age, Davis Robey is an icon of sportsmanship.

7th TENNIS  Superstar Urges Sports People to Use Their Power To Influence & Inspire Others

Billy Jean King, American former World No. 1 professional tennis player (39 Grand Slam titles) and an activist who fought for equal rights for all.

When she received her Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award, a week ago, Billy Jean said that ‘everyone is an influencer and that, in particular, sports people are influencers. She went on and urged all sportsmen and sportswomen to use their influence to inspire other people.  

Billy Jean King continues to relentlessly campaign for equal rights for all

Even at 75 years of age, Billy Jean King is still an activist, still encouraging others to stand up for equal rights for all.  

6th BOXING:   When The Going Gets Tough, Heavyweight Helps Mental Health Sufferers


This is an example of a sportsperson influencing & inspiring. Just a few weeks ago, Tyson Fury was knocked down in the final round and somehow managed to beat the count and get back on his feet. Why or how did he get back up? Here’s his answer:

Many men would have stayed down after getting knocked down by Deontay Wilder, but, I wanted to show the world that anything was possible. And no matter what you’ve been through in your life and no matter what you are going through, you always…always must continue to get up and keep going forward and fight back.

The Gypsy King’ heavyweight boxer sends the kindest message to those suffering from mental health issues

We need to spread the word about mental health – more – in sport, because there’s a lot of people still living in darkness and afraid to come out and speak about it publicly, but if I can do it, a big heavyweight champion of the world, 6’9” 18 stone –  I’m supposed to be a big tough guy, anybody can do it. Anybody can come out and get help, for sure. Get professional help.

An extraordinary message of hope from a big heavyweight boxer to anyone suffering from mental health issues   – never give up and get professional help.   

Part 2 contains the 5th best to number 1 sportsmanship moment from 2018 and it really is something extraordinarily beautiful gesture made by a professional sports person……

Partner link: Kiwi Captain Applauds Irish Fans

A savage man-to-man battle raged for over 80 minutes and finally, after over 100 years of trying, Ireland beat the All Blacks, in Dublin’s, Lansdowne Road, the oldest international rugby venue in the world (now called the AVIVA).

The atmosphere was electric. The number 1 & number 2 teams in the world were playing each other less than a year away from the Rugby World Cup.  Ireland had already beaten the ABs in Chicago in 2006 for the first time, ever. So many felt it was pay-back time for the ABs, while Ireland felt they have come of age.

The All Blacks delivered a different variation of the Haka, some said as they willed, demanded and roared their demand for a different result to their last meeting. You can feel the tension in the stadium.

Sexton Converts

Then the relentless All Blacks just kept coming. Ireland kept on hitting them backwards. Relentless stuff. The crowd helps the team by singing the Fields of Athenry. The players can hear it.

It’s over. Ireland 16 All Blacks 9. The first ever Irish win against the All Blacks on Irish soil in over 100 years of trying.  The players , on both sides, gave everything. They ’emptied themselves’ in a passionate, highly skilled and very very hard game of rugby. The players embrace.

There is something magical about rugby – 80 minutes of savage confrontation and when the whistle blows it’s all over. They shake hands and embrace each other as true warriors.

There is something magical about rugby – 80 minutes of savage confrontation and when the whistle blows it’s all over. They shake hands and embrace each other as true warriors.

And I am surrounded by 3 Mullarkeys (Martin, Tommy and Aran) – what splendid company on an historic day for Irish rugby.

3 Mullarkeys - Martin, Tommy and Aran
The Mullarkeys (thanks Martin for the ticket!)

And

Kiwi TJ Perenara and Ireland' Bundee Aki (born in NZ) embrace after the battle.
Kiwi TJ Perenara and Ireland’ Bundee Aki embrace after the battle.

This wonderful photo (from @inphosports ) of Kiwi scrum half (who leads the Haka), TJ Perenara, embracing the Kiwi born, Irish centre, Bundee Aki.   TJ later sent a beautiful tweet and photo to Bundee afterwards:

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Nothing but love my brother @bundeeaki.  Congrats to you and the team. Looking forward to the next one  bro. ⚫ : @inphosports

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Quite magnificent really. In fact magnanimous!  All the All Blacks were very good losers in a very clean, yet incredibly intense battle.

The ABs coach, Steve Hansen, honourably said that Ireland deserved to win.  All the players embraced after the match.

Irish rugby hero, Tony Ward, called the All Black captain, Kieran Read, “a class act and a role model’ … “To see him exit the field last to depart and clapping the Irish crowd under the West stand was a sight to behold.”

“A most appropriate end to the perfect day.”

 

 

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Kieran Read’s beaming smile after the Lions drew with the ABs

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ABs marched in on their knees singing ‘hi ho’ to the post match dinner after losing to Munster in 1978

A Maori Prayer for Donal Caniffe’s Dad

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Partner link: LIFE BEGINS AT 60 –   WOMAN ROWS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN SOLO

Sixty year old Belfast woman, Shirley Thompson, is preparing to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Shirley will become the oldest women to row the ocean solo (and the first Irish woman). Yet she  has never swam nor rowed before she took on this project. “I hate getting my hair wet.” says Shirley who is embarking on  90 – 100 days to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Shirley Thompson preparing for her solo Atlantic  crossing

“The fear is almost part of the pleasure.”

“I’m looking forward to the good bits and also the not so good bits.” Shirley has never rowed nor swam.  Once upon a time she smoked 60 cigarettes a day. She beat that habit and has since completed the Antarctica Marathon, Verdon Trail, Yukon and of course Jungle Marathon (which she organises herself).

“Age is just a number.”

I can demonstrate that age is just a number, and a 60 year old woman is not past her sell by date – which is often how we are viewed by society. .

 

“Being at one with nature”

I love the idea of being at one with nature, so far from land and humanity, the isolation, the struggle and the privilege to experience something few people with ever do.

 

We wish Shirley Thompson good luck with this savage challenge and will watch out for any updates – please tell us if you hear any news.

 

Partner link: England Rugby Star Steals Show With Act Of Honesty

Don’t Bother Ref (With The TMO) – I Dropped It
Last weekend Saracens were away to Harlequins at the Stoop. Stadium. After about 20 minutes with the score at 3-3, there was a ruck close to the ‘Quins’ line and England rugby superstar, Billy Vunipola, having gathered the ball, instead of taking the usual route around the side of the ruck, chose to dive over the top of the bodies involved and seemed to touch down and score a try.
rugby ball
Rugby – a game for hooligans, played by gentlemen
The referee and the touch judges couldn’t see from the touchline. So, Luke Pearce, the ref, made the signal for the TMO to help with the decision.
“Don’t bother, ref, I dropped it” says Billy Vunipola
“Thank you, No. 8” says Luke Pearce and signals for the drop-out (restart without any try being scored).
A simple and brief conversation but refreshing to hear.
In the 2nd half  Vunipola did score a try and Saracens won the game 25-20. Vunipola got the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his all-round play but hopefully, his first half gesture had been noticed.
In an era where cricketers, when at bat, do not walk, and when in the field, appeal everything, where footballers dive weekly, where tennis players argue every ball whether ‘in’ or ‘out’,  it is gratifying to notice that for a brief moment on a rainy, windy day, on a rugby pitch in South West London, ‘Sportsmanship’ had returned.
Congrats Billy Vunipola.  Thanks to Des O’Brien for alerting me & Don/Robbo for paraphrasing the Royal blackheathrugby.co.uk  newsletter article ‘Cometh the Hour, cometh the Man (of the Match)’ (apparently this was forwarded from an unknown source at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Thank you brothers for highlighting this inspirational story.
If you like this story, why not join us and help to inspire others. Become an ambassador (just like and share and comment is all we ask).

Partner link: England Rugby Star Steals Show With Act Of Honesty

Don’t Bother Ref (With The TMO) – I Dropped It
Last weekend Saracens were away to Harlequins at the Stoop. Stadium. After about 20 minutes with the score at 3-3, there was a ruck close to the ‘Quins’ line and England rugby superstar, Billy Vunipola, having gathered the ball, instead of taking the usual route around the side of the ruck, chose to dive over the top of the bodies involved and seemed to touch down and score a try.
rugby ball
Rugby – a game for hooligans, played by gentlemen
The referee and the touch judges couldn’t see from the touchline. So, Luke Pearce, the ref, made the signal for the TMO to help with the decision.
“Don’t bother, ref, I dropped it” says Billy Vunipola
“Thank you, No. 8” says Luke Pearce and signals for the drop-out (restart without any try being scored).
A simple and brief conversation but refreshing to hear.
In the 2nd half  Vunipola did score a try and Saracens won the game 25-20. Vunipola got the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his all-round play but hopefully, his first half gesture had been noticed.
In an era where cricketers, when at bat, do not walk, and when in the field, appeal everything, where footballers dive weekly, where tennis players argue every ball whether ‘in’ or ‘out’,  it is gratifying to notice that for a brief moment on a rainy, windy day, on a rugby pitch in South West London, ‘Sportsmanship’ had returned.
Congrats Billy Vunipola.  Thanks to Des O’Brien for alerting me & Don/Robbo for paraphrasing the Royal blackheathrugby.co.uk  newsletter article ‘Cometh the Hour, cometh the Man (of the Match)’ (apparently this was forwarded from an unknown source at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Thank you brothers for highlighting this inspirational story.
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Partner link: English and Russian Heavyweight Boxers’ Total Respect

The defeated Russian heavyweight boxer, Alexander Povetkin, sat slumped in his dressing room, when there was a knock on the door……

Thinking about what might have been, the courageous Russian fighter looked up and saw his victor and former opponent, Anthony Joshua, walk in.  Joshua bowed to the Russian with courtesy, looked him in the eye and said “Respect!”.

From the very first bell these two excellent fighters showed  huge respect for each other in a very unusual way. Although they battered each other for 7 rounds and with world titles at stake,  they subtly tapped gloves at beginning & end of each round. This is most unusual when the norm is just an initial tap at the beginning and at the very end of a fight. It was wonderful to see.

The Englishman then went on to congratulate the  Russian lad slowly, almost in pigeon English, giving time for the translator to translate and the fighter to understand the compliments that Joshua was paying to his opponent.

Before they went their separate ways, Joshua said he’d like to visit Russia and  Povetkin smiled through his bruised and battered face and invitingly welcomed him by saying “anytime”.

The smile on the Russian’s face said it all.

Magical moment.

 

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Thanks to big Dave Sebura (former GB Aussy Rules player and now golfer, cyclist, footballer, musician, songwriter, family man and corporate events director) for alerting me to the dressing room story.

Partner link: English and Russian Heavyweight Boxers’ Total Respect

The defeated Russian heavyweight boxer, Alexander Povetkin, sat slumped in his dressing room, when there was a knock on the door……

Thinking about what might have been, the courageous Russian fighter looked up and saw his victor and former opponent, Anthony Joshua, walk in.  Joshua bowed to the Russian with courtesy, looked him in the eye and said “Respect!”.

From the very first bell these two excellent fighters showed  huge respect for each other in a very unusual way. Although they battered each other for 7 rounds and with world titles at stake,  they subtly tapped gloves at beginning & end of each round. This is most unusual when the norm is just an initial tap at the beginning and at the very end of a fight. It was wonderful to see.

The Englishman then went on to congratulate the  Russian lad slowly, almost in pigeon English, giving time for the translator to translate and the fighter to understand the compliments that Joshua was paying to his opponent.

Before they went their separate ways, Joshua said he’d like to visit Russia and  Povetkin smiled through his bruised and battered face and invitingly welcomed him by saying “anytime”.

The smile on the Russian’s face said it all.

Magical moment.

 

If you enjoyed this you might also like

Ian Wright (Arsenal & England footballer) Fights Irish Golfer In Heathrow Hotel

Or become a Great Sportsmanship Ambassador – by sharing these stories and alerting us to any other good ones. It also looks great on your Linkedin Page, your website and/or your CV!

Thanks to big Dave Sebura (former GB Aussy Rules player and now golfer, cyclist, footballer, musician, songwriter, family man and corporate events director) for alerting me to the dressing room story.