The Age’s senior football writer Caroline Wilson sneeringly attacked brave Aussie Paralympians on the ABC’s Sunday Offsiders show declaring that “it’s not really like sport.”
Dictionary.com offers this definition:
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
To his credit, sports writer Francis Leach immediately challenged her and she seemed to have little to support her assertion other than patronising prejudice.
After stammering a bit, The Age journalist responded “Well, you’re watching people muck up.” She even offered the assertion that some viewers are watching the coverage “for the wrong reasons”, ie to watch the sportsmen and women being injured.
Her comments – will be transcribed here on the ABC website – came after watching vision of the athletes struggling against the odds and triumphing over their disability with indomitable courage.
Click here to view her comments, at the 25 minute mark on the video.