Andy R wrote:
I give up, we have the world kitesurfing champion once again for the 5th time in the row and he never gets a mention.
Yeah, I know - but this is just like the guy from our village who was recently World Enduro Champion two years running (2005 & 2006) and has now also won the American GNCC series two years in a row, beating the Americans in their own back yard
. Unfortunately sports like this will never figure in any of these awards, unless it's the Olympics, football or Formula 1 you might as well forget it
A case in point - how many of you
have even heard of him ??http://www.knighter.net/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP6gwPF-XqI&NR=1
What sport is it he does? On the flip if he didn't live in your village would you have heard of him?
Of course I would - anyone who's into off-road motorcycle sport of any kind knows about him, he's arguably currently the best all-round off-road rider in the world. He is a master of his craft - simple as that. Have a look at the links.....
However - that's just my point. Because these so - called "minority" sports get so little media coverage (mainly because there's much less money tied up in them through advertising, main-stream sponsors etc) sportsmen like this will never make it into any of these "personality of the year" polls.
I'm not sure that it's a bad thing either - just because you excell at your particular sport doesn't mean that you should have to be "media friendly" too.
Surely it's enough to have to turn in the sort of performances that all these guys do, day in, day out ?