Vale Adrian Crispo
by Jim Challenor
The fabric of sport, like life, is made up of many threads which represent many different factors drawn together for a common goal. The fabric of sport is a mixture of experiences. And these experiences represent a sports history, its present and ultimately, its future.
Hockey as a sport had its fabric torn a little this last week with the tragic passing of Adrian Crispo. Just turned 18, Adrian represented the best that the sport had to offer.
His family have strong ties to hockey with his grandfather a long-term administrator at state and national level and his father an active member of the Far North Coast fraternity, particularly at junior and club level.
Adrian had already shown his willingness to give back to the sport. Instrumental in helping the Alstonville Hockey Club mens team get back into A grade, Adrian also gave back through coaching wherever he could and particularly through the Far North Coast Under 13 No. 2 side.
Adrian portrayed the best of grass-roots club hockey for Alstonville for most of his playing career. But he also proudly represented Far North Coast junior teams at State Championships as well as NSW Under 15 and Combined High School Under 16 at National Championship level.
The future of any sport lies with its juniors and Adrian is one of those people who underpinned that future.
Hockeys fabric has permanently lost a thread, and while the sport will not unravel, Adrian will be sadly missed by all who had the opportunity to meet him.