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Monumental Decision

As someone who has gone through testicular cancer the Dylan Tombides Foundation is a great initiative to remind young healthy men that cancer is undiscerning and that your life can be snatched away from you ate any time.

Dylan unfortunately  lost his battle with testicular cancer in 2014 aged just 20. West Ham United the club which he was signed with in England’s Premier league paid him the biggest honour by retiring his shirt number, 38, an honour that previously had only been bestowed on former captain of the club and England when they won the World Cup, Bobby Moore.

Tombides joined West Ham aged 15 and was tipped for great things having represented Australia at U17 and U23 level, but sadly he never lived to fulfil his full potential.

There is talk that a statue may be erected in his memory outside NIB Stadium. Just over a week ago Liberal MP Ian Britza presented a letter, written by Socceroos’ Captain Mile Jedinak on behalf of the DT38 Foundation, to Premier Colin Barnett asking the Western Australian State Government to fund the estimated $100,000 cost of the monument.

This does raise a number of questions, if the state government agrees to fund such a monument, will they not be opening the floodgates for monuments to other young athletes whose lives end abruptly and prematurely? Western Australia has produced many remarkable individuals who have contributed greatly to society, yet few have such a memorial funded by the state.

The sum quoted is a great deal of money and one cannot help feeling that such a sum of money could be used far more effectively in order to alert young men from the ages of 16-35 to be aware of the signs of testicular cancer, because if caught early it is a very curable disease.

If a statue is to be erected, is NIB stadium the best place for it? Sure Dylan was a talented footballer so there is a link to NIB Stadium, home of Perth Glory, but Dylan never played for the A-league side, so will a statue have the resonance and desired effect at the this ground rather than say Stirling Lions where he played his junior football?

As this is a young man’s disease one cannot help thinking that the statue should be in a location where many young men would pass it on a daily basis, so that every day as they walk past the loss of one so young resonates. If it makes one man a week go for a check up, and saves more than one life a year it would be worth it. Tucked away at a stadium used roughly one day a fortnight, one wonders if it would have the same important impact.

According to the DT38 Foundation website the mission of the Foundation is “To provide testicular cancer support and awareness through education and opportunities.” The vision is to ‘Change the way testicular cancer is diagnosed.’ If that is truly the case one has to ask how much a statue – as lovely a gesture as it is – will help the Foundation achieve those goals.

As the website quite rightly states delay is deadly. Education is the key. So if we are to truly honour Dylan such decisions need to be thought through very carefully and some of the emotion needs to be taken out. What truly is the best way of making sure his life did not end in vain, what is the best way of ensuring that his legacy is that in passing he saves the lives of other young men?

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April 1, 2015 at 8:39 am 1 comment

No To Knight Andy

Following his historic Wimbledon win, Britain’s Andy Murray is now being tipped to become sport’s youngest knight.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins was upgraded to Sir Bradley Wiggins following his historic Tour de France win, the first by a Briton and many say it will be a no-brainer for the Prime Minister to recommend a similar award for Murray and try to win favour with the people.

Sadly, the recognition of sporting achievements in Britain have of late been too linked to Politics and the polls rather than perspective. English sport had undoubtedly been in the doldrums for a very long time, but to give every player in the Rugby World Cup winning side an award was simply preposterous. Some of the players were just starting out on their careers and had done very little.

Such awards should be bestowed at the end of a career, when one can look at the work a player has done away from the court or the pitch to help others achieve the same highs, or worthy causes that benefit society as a whole.

To put Murray’s achievement in perspective Fred Perry who won three consecutive Wimbledon titles in the 1930’s was never bestowed such an honour. Neither was England’s World Cup winning football captain Bobby Moore.

Yet should, and the chances are it is very unlikely, England win the World cup in the very near future, in this current climate all of the players and the coach are likely to be honoured. It is not right.

They are suitably rewarded financially, and are doing their job. Awards such as this should be for services to their sport over an extended period of time where they have helped build on the success they may have achieved to ensure its long term success as a whole. The sport itself must always be more important than the individual.

 

July 10, 2013 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

Footballer’s Coming Home

Sport sometimes produces some truly bizarre situations. The latest which may be a pure publicity stunt for the European Championships is nothing if not a little macabre.

The remains of Polish Football Legend Kazimierz Deyna who died in a car crash in the United States in 1989 are reportedly being flown back to Poland in time for the kick off of the European Championships which are being hosted by his native Poland.

His remains will be re-buried in his homeland two days before the tournament gets under way. A monument to Deyna will also be unveiled on the same day in front of the stadium at Legia Warsaw for whom he played between 1966 -1978, before he transferred to Manchester City. He was playing in the North American Soccer League when he passed away.

Deyna won gold with Poland when they won the 1972 Olympic Games title and bronze at the 1974 World Cup. He is widely regarded in Poland as one of the country’s finest footballers. He also starred with Pele, Mike Summerbee, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone in Escape to Victory.

June 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm 1 comment

Terry’s All Gold

England Football coach Fabio Capello said when he stripped John Terry of the England Captain’s armband that there would be no way back and that he would not assume the captaincy again.

All that has changed though, and John Terry has been re-instated in place of Rio Ferdinand, just 12 months after he was discarded. Many are saying that the move makes no sense at all. However the lack of leadership amongst the England team at the World Cup Finals showed that captaincy is a special gift. It is not a mantle that sits easily with everyone. Steven Gerrard who replaced the injured Ferdinand as Captain at the World Cup is an outstanding leader for his home city of Liverpool, but he looked like a fish out of water with the top job in the country.

The big question is how this switch back to Terry will affect the players, especially those loyal to Rio Ferdinand? Despite all donning the England shirt international teams can be extremely factional, as was the case in the 1980’s when those not in the Liverpool side during their heyday, were very anti their Liverpool team mates.

Rio Ferdinand’s injury woes continue and with doubts over his return to fitness for Manchester United let alone England, maybe it was time to make a decision.

Players should look always look up to the captain. This is a very rare situation where a player stripped of the captaincy has been given it back. The U-turn by Capello however is we believe possibly more damaging to the coach and his authority than it is to Terry. At face value he is both saying that one minute his decision was right and the next it is totally wrong. He could however be trying to send a message to the public that the change was forced upon him by the powers that be at the FA. England’s poor performance at the World Cup maybe justifying his belief that Terry should have remained Captain, and now he is in a position to right the ship, and re-instate his captain.

Many successful teams build their success around the coach and Captain combination; Alf Ramsay and Bobby Moore, Bob Paisley and Emlyn Hughes, Brian Clough and John McGovern, Michael Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher in cricket, Kitch Christie and Francois Pienaar in rugby being another example.

Capello made a lot of errors at the World Cup, errors that the players spoke out about publically. Maybe he feels that he needs a captain he can trust and who will support him. Since the World Cup England has meandered along almost aimlessly, maybe that is why he needs a man like Terry on the pitch. A man not afraid to take control of a game and those around him and lead them to victory in spite of the coach. Maybe John Terry is Fabio Capello’s insurance policy on his job.

If results start to go England’s way and performances improve it could prove a master stroke. If they don’t it will simply be another nail in his coffin.

March 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm 2 comments

This day in sport: 24 Feb 1993

Football mourns Moore

England’s legendary World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore died of cancer – he was 51. Moore captained England on 90 occassions in 108 international appearances. West Ham United FC paid a record GBP1.8 million for over 70 items of Moore’s football memorabilia.

February 24, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Doing It For The Boys

As a cancer survivor I feel that I am in a position where I can make comment on the increase in games being played for breast cancer. Now I have absolutely no problem with this and feel it is a very worthy cause, however…

A great deal of the sports that are getting behind the breast cancer cause are male sports. Why are we not getting behind causes such as testicular cancer – of which I have first-hand knowledge – or prostate cancer? Two forms of cancer that effect men, and see a very high death toll due to men not being checked or going to a doctor when the early symptoms kick in.

Women are far more aware of breast cancer now than they were five years ago, it is time that men caught up, and the only way we will do that is by raising awareness and that can be done by having games for Prostate Cancer or Testicular Cancer.

This weekend the Perth Glory take on Gold Coast United and it is in aid of breast cancer awareness. Why are we not focussing on men’s cancers? After all famous survivors of testicular cancer in football alone include Bobby Moore, England’s World Cup winning captain and our own Craig Moore.

It is a well known fact that these tactics are called “Cause marketing” and the ultimate aim is, in most cases, not to help the cause but to benefit the product being linked to the cause.

It is my belief, as a cancer survivor, that men’s sport has to do more to support their own sex and make sure that less die unnecessarily due to ignorance. I live in hope that the people making the marketing decisions start thinking the same way.

October 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment


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