As the whole world goes soccer mad, I thought it would be timely to address my handicap- sports.
I am about the least sporty person I know and in a country that is obsessed with sport, this can sometimes be a problem.
At school, I was horrified that sports afternoons and carnival days were mandatory. I am very uncoordinated, look funny when I run and never did learn how to catch a ball.
We never watched sport either live or on the television at home- unless you count the cricket matches my mum sneakily watched while dad and I were asleep.
Even now, I couldn’t tell you what the difference between rugby league and rugby union is, even though it has been explained to me many times.
When the Olympics were on in Sydney in the year 2000, I did get caught up in the PR spin and may have an Olly the kookaburra and a Sid the platypus lying around somewhere.
My bestie roped me into playing social soccer and even touch football as only a bestie can. Social being the operative word as I don’t think I ever scored a point in either game.
I have been to some sort of football match in Canberra where there was a mascot of a horse, but I’m not really sure who was playing as my friend and I talked through the entire game.
I have also been on a weekend trip to Melbourne with friends to watch the tennis. Melbourne and friends being the draw card in that scenario, not the tennis.
My husband loves watching games of anything and has tried over the years to gain my enthusiasm for all things sports. While I admit that some facts have gotten in by osmosis and I can on occasion appear to know what I am talking about, I still don’t really know what is going on most of the time.
The only time I have really gotten into the swing of things, was when I was at university and the World Cup soccer was on. I have to say, that Sydney did the World Cup well that year. There were big screens everywhere in all the large public places with parties going every night and the atmosphere was amazing.
So enjoy, sports mad people! I realise I am in the minority, but you can find me tucked up in bed with a good book instead.