Our sporting passions are often determined before birth. Geography, sociology, genealogy…
I grew up from Irish Catholic stock in middle class Adelaide = footy, cricket, tennis, races.
Like many Almanackers, Steve Fahey loves sport – footy especially but not exclusively. His March 13 piece on this site, http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/head-of-school-girls-clash-with-aps-is-bad-for-rowing-and-for-the-girls/ , was more than just a call for rowing authorities to fix their scheduling.
What attracted me was how we can break out of our sports orbit and come to understand and enjoy a new sport, often thanks to involvement of a child or partner. Steve acknowledged this;
“One sport that I had never had much interest in was rowing. That was until three years ago, when my daughter announced she’d like to give it a crack at school.”
A fella in my suburb is working class BHP Newcastle (NSW) = Rugby League and schooners.
Thanks to three active daughters, he is now also evangelical about netball.
Who else has taken the Road to Damascus thanks to outside intervention and now has a new sporting interest?