It took a long time to raise an athlete, but I got there in the end…
THERE’S A VIDEO from the weekend that I can’t stop looking at – because it shows the fulfilment of a 19-year dream.
It shows the moment my son became… a Player.
In the clip, his blue-shirted figure piles into a rugby ruck and bumps the opposition off the ball. Seconds later, his team-mates pick it up and drive over the line for a try.
There’s commentary on the clip, too. Very poor, shouted commentary, which is not impartial or informed in the slightest.
In it, I am roaring: ‘Up again (Name Withheld)! Up again!
“Yes, drive it! YES!!!!”
There follows a cry of almost orgasmic satisfaction from behind the camera.
I very much doubt that I have bellowed louder, or with greater joy – maybe not even at the very moment in late 2002 that his Mum and I created little Name Withheld.