Long live the underdog

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Events, Opinion
Tags: , , , , , ,

Crowds line the banks at the Henley Royal Regatta

What a wonderful day I had last week, soaking up the atmosphere (and a few glasses of Pimms!) at Henley Royal Regatta with good friends Alun Davies, Robert Llewellyn Jones of Media Wales and Peters Jones of Cintec. We saw some very spirited performances from Welsh oarsmen representing various clubs, including Patrick Lapage, stoke of Harvard University, who subsequently won his final yesterday by 1 foot, beating my club Leander in the Ladies Plate Event. I returned home exhausted but stimulated by the tremendous efforts put in by many rowers determined to beat the selected crews in their event, and there were some surprises.

My day was completed as I sipped my last glass of wine of the day and turned the television on to watch the Wimbledon highlights, and probably the finest game of tennis ever played! The Czech Republic’s Luka Rosol, ranked 100 in the world, beat the famous Rafael Nadal of Spain, the world number 2, in a game with all the excitement and passion you could ever expect from the sport. My faith in someone’s ability to win whatever the odds has been totally restored! Luka’s concentration, calmness, courage, fitness and technical ability was unbelievable! I shall never ever doubt either my own or anyone else’s chance to win at whatever level, in whatever competitive situation we may find ourselves, as demonstrated on Thursday on the green grass of Centre Court.

A smiling Luka Rosol after beating world number 2 Rafael Nadal

Let’s hope that there are many more such examples to come in the week’s ahead, as our Welsh representatives in the GB Olympics team take on the world’s best. Good luck to you all, make your nation proud, as Luka’s parents and supporters showed most visibly after his victory!

PS. I must also mention the brilliant efforts from Rhys Williams, who won gold in the hurdles at the European Athletics Championships, and golfer Jamie Donaldson, who after 255 attempts finally claimed his first tour title at Royal Portrush. Well done boys!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s