This afternoon Australia is awash with talk about photos of Glenn McGrath, an esteemed former national cricketer, posing with his trophies. Ironically, these trophies have nothing to do with sport. Rather they are animals that McGrath shot for entertainment.
All across the inter web, folks are lamenting the demise of a hero. To them I say, Glenn McGrath was never a hero. Nor was Karmichael Hunt. Neither was Geoff Huegill or Grant Hackett. These are blokes who could throw balls or catch balls or run fast or swim well. They were athletes but they were never heroes.
The sooner that we realise that sporting prowess and heroism are not on par, the sooner we can recognise real heroes.
Australians, don’t be fooled. We did not lose a hero today. True heroes continued about their business plucking children from flood waters, and evacuating premature babies and their mothers from cyclones. Heroes saved turtle hatchlings from drowning in their nests in the hours preceding Cyclone Marcia.
Stand proud Australia and don’t let a smattering of spoiled sports stars cloud your vision. We’re a nation of uncelebrated heroes and they're the very best kind.