Loving this picture that I saw on our Throng New Zealand site. How true it is. While countries celebrate their fantastic effort at being the best in the world and making it to the most prestigious sporting event on the planet, our athletes have been described by our media and our athletes themselves as “failures.”
As the Throng NZ site says “While the Australian swimmers shed tears over failing to stand at the top of the podium, the New Zealand media, and kiwis in general, have been celebrating the fact that we got to stand on one at all.”
Our athletes, like it or not are role models and this display of crying and dissapointment needs to stop. They all need to take a leaf out of Leisel Jones book and be proud of the fact that you made it there (she came 5th in her race), not blame social media (she was heavily bombarded about her weight and NEVER used it as an excuse) and just represent your country and yourself with pride.