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    Nice article by Laura Aubusson:

    Why being surrounded by elite athletes has been fantastic for my daughter


    Laura Aubusson| June 05, 2019


    My daughter is growing up idolising one NRL player in particular. Her dad.


    Why being surrounded by elite athletes has been fantastic for my daughter
    Children around the country look up to athletes like they are Gods. Posters on walls, fancy footwork in the backyard – young people love to love sport stars.

    I used to believe it was a dangerous path to follow because not all athletes demonstrate fair play and many have unflattering reputations. But being around elite sport for eleven years I have come to know many players who are brilliant role models.

    I consider our daughter lucky to have an NRL player as a father and see other athletes up close in real life, and it has nothing to do with fame. It’s what these men and women show off the field, away from the cameras and crowds, that make me proud.

    Skills for any industry

    My daughter gets to see the real person behind the athlete and what it takes to be successful in their field.

    Professional sportspeople with long careers have an admirable set of abilities, habits and qualities. They have achieved a dream they’ve focused on and worked towards for years. The traits needed to do that are the ones I’m thrilled to have my children emulate - hard work, motivation, resilience, perseverance and reliability.

    Many smart athletes display a healthy dose of confidence to positively handle wins and hard failures, and can work well within a team which encourages support of others and self-improvement.

    Being around people who have the skills to reach elite status in their career could teach my children the tools to achieve their own dream – whatever that may be.

    More than just winning

    Athletes rightly or wrongly can become instant role models and ‘stars’ because of success and athletic ability.

    With my daughter’s rare look into the sporting world, I hope she sees beyond that. I hope she recognises an athlete’s positive character traits and understands that that is their real ‘star power’ worthy of idolising.

    Lucky for us her dad is a rugby league player worthy of the role model status. He has been playing in the NRL for 13 seasons. He is talented and strong enough to have played more than 250 games at the top level achieving personal accolades and two premierships on the way.

    But if you asked those who call him a role model why they look up to him they would talk more about character and less about footy.

    It would be about his self-assurance and focused mentality, his commitment to be accountable and thorough, his ability to adapt, his loyalty and the way he sets positive examples as a leader. All traits you need in life to be successful, as well as a good person.

    When my daughter says her dad is her role model it won’t be because he shows her some old DVDS or rings. It will be because he put work in and made it, in a motivating way.
    "ItÂ’s what these men and women show off the field, away from the cameras and crowds, that make me proud."


    The right reason to idolise

    Our daughter is still only young but growing up around this industry and hearing about her dad’s career will show her what hard work, sacrifice and passion can get you.

    If she decides to put an athlete on a pedestal, it will be for the same reason she might look up to an actor, author, friend, or teacher – not just because of what they have achieved, but because of how they’ve done it.

    I have heard people say that athletes shouldn’t be role models, instead parents should be, but I feel very lucky that my daughter has the best of both in one.

  • #2
    Thanks Waylander, great article,
    A great wrap for mitch from his wife

    I wonder how James Aubusson is going?

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    • #3
      MAubs' missus said some lovely things about him in that article which corroborate the view of him from the outside looking in as a supporter of the Roosters.
      "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

      Thomas Jefferson

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      • #4
        Another year for aubs!

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        • #5
          Great article about a great man

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          • #6
            Aubs will go down as one of the Roosters greatest clubmen and for mine has been ignored way too harshly for rep honors in seasons past.
            I love porcelain hand dryers.

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            • #7
              He is an ornament to the club and the game. It's a pity he never got the chance for higher honours, but I think he has been a victim of his own versatility. Had he been left to develop and play in a single position for an extended period he may well have achieved rep status.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Waylander View Post
                He is an ornament to the club and the game. It's a pity he never got the chance for higher honours, but I think he has been a victim of his own versatility. Had he been left to develop and play in a single position for an extended period he may well have achieved rep status.
                Great clubman and person, probably wouldn’t make any top 17 all time roosters team, but you would have him in every roosters team year by year for somebody.

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