Mutual respect

One of the best aspects of team sport is the formation of working partnerships.

As a cricket tragic, the mere mention of partnership brings to mind great opening pairings like Simpson and Lawry, Greenidge and Haynes and, more recently, Hayden and Langer. However, all team sports create the right atmosphere to establish working partnerships. Who could forget the virtually psychic understanding front-rower Arthur Beetson and fullback Russell Fairfax shared when they played rugby league for Easts in the 1970s? Beetson, a giant Koorie, could hold off four defenders and pass the ball at the same time quite a feat. Little popped passes, seemingly to no one, had the unerring habit of ending up in the flying arms of Fairfax. Fairfax, as slight and fast as a greyhound, would arrive on the burst, snatch up the offering, cut through the line and score under the posts or link up with the backline. The timing required a special understanding and they had it in spades.

Beetson wasnt particularly fast nor particularly fit but his ball skills were phenomenal. Many a runner would have given up on him getting a pass away when they saw the bloke smothered by defenders but not Fairfax, he had respect. Beetson shared the same level of respect for his flier, he knew Fairfax would be there on his left shoulder if he could just get the ball away.

They were very different players but they shared a mutual respect for the others talents and had a special understanding born of that respect.

Working partnerships require mutual respect and understanding; an understanding that it takes different kinds of people working in unison to fashion a winning team or a productive workplace. Furthermore, the longer you can maintain working levels of mutual respect the more likely you are to develop powerful partnerships like that of Fairfax and Beetson.

It is with this in mind that Id like to inform my readers hi, Mum that after discussion with my colleagues, Im not going to be writing about Lismore City Council matters. The reason behind this is clear. Im going to be on one of the tickets at the Council election in September. Although Im not likely to be elected, we still felt that it would be an unfair advantage to use my position as sports editor to further my own political agenda. Fair call. Ive been working at The Echo for the best part of four years and my respect for the integrity of my fellow writers has only grown during that time and if they think its a bit too much of a liberty, then I respect that decision.

Its going to be a struggle, however, my writing hands are already shriveling up. I just gotta... ahhhhh. Maybe Ill just have to fire off a few letters to the editor. Maybe I should go on medication or employ a hand patter. Not certain but its been fun in a continuously frustrating and potently annoying kind of way. Anyway, if Ive gotta shut up, then I challenge you to take up the cudgels. Its your city, its your future, get up and speak your truth. Im all ears.


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