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RATHBONE: Athletes are just people, so why expect them to be role models?

RATHBONE: Athletes are just people, so why expect them to be role models?

6 Mar 2015

In the aftermath of my SMH column and the interviews I gave last week regarding the illicit drug scandal, I’ve noticed a recurrent debate: are athletes role models?

RATHBONE: Does sport really warrant our reverence?

RATHBONE: Does sport really warrant our reverence?

10 Feb 2015

When I hung up my boots in August last year I was immediately presented with the same question all athletes are eventually forced to answer:

RATHBONE: Beale drama exposes flaws in the national setup

RATHBONE: Beale drama exposes flaws in the national setup

17 Oct 2014

I’m not much of a sports fan. While I can occasionally still get caught up in struggle and passion of a gripping contest, my interest seems to be waning with time.

Mainstream media is slipping further behind the curve

Mainstream media is slipping further behind the curve

21 Jul 2014

I love quotations. They are windows into the minds of scientists, philosophers, writers, performers, politicians and even, occasionally, athletes.

Squeak will roar as Wallabies skipper

Squeak will roar as Wallabies skipper

7 Jun 2014

As an eighteen-year-old fresh out of high school I was invited to pre-season training with the Natal Sharks. The sweltering temperatures in Summer time meant many of our fitness sessions were held on Durban beachfront.

The pride of ignorance: How should athletes use the privilege of a platform?

26 May 2014

A group of beaming smiles encircle an impossibly adorable lion cub. They rub its belly and paddle away a flurry of playful swipes while cameras go into overdrive capturing the event. Everything about the combination of cute animals and besotted humans appeals to our moral instincts.