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#InternationalMensDay – Jonah Lomu and role models in sport

19th November marks international men’s day and here at i-motion gym we couldn’t help but reflect on how important sport male role models are in modern day life.

It is certainly poignant that, in a week where Rugby Union great Jonah Lomu lost his fight with a rare kidney infection, we should celebrate #internationmensday. Lomu scored an incredible 37 tries in 63 appearances and, in 1995, although the All Blacks lost in the finals, the sports first icon was born.

On the pitch Lomu was renowned as a tall (6ft 4in), fearsome, muscular and aggressive winger who would run through men. Off the pitch Lomu was humble generous and a massive personality for all the right reasons.

Jonah has undoubtedly inspired many would-be rugby players over the years. He took time out to work with children of all ages and, in difficult circumstances, even when fighting his rare condition, he would always help others to realise their goals.

Sport is so important in the creation of role models. It should represent a positive experience for all involved; teamwork, confidence, improved social mobility and physical and mental well-being are just some of the benefits we all know we can get from sport. But what if you haven’t had the privilege or encouragement to play a sport? What if it is just something you have never done? That’s where role models come in. And Jonah truly was one of them. That is certainly evident from the below video (click link) of Wesley School children paying tribute to him shortly after his death.

Wesley School pays tribute to Jonah Lomu

Whilst Lomu played on the big stage, it has to be remembered that sometimes our sporting role models are created at local level, perhaps an exceptional PE Teacher, Sports Coach or influential family member? I can guarantee something they will all have in common. The ability to compete, fiercely if required, but then the ability to show humility in victory; The ability to look at themselves and see how they can improve, whilst looking at others and encouraging them at their best and most of all the ability to laugh and enjoy and appreciate their sport and what it brings to them and their team.

But who were your sports role models? Can you remember the moment you saw someone or something and thought I MUST give that a go? We want to know, comment below or tweet us to let us know.

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