Here we are, once again, reviewing the year. Some great stories this year, plus a surprising number 1 moment. We’ll start with number 10 and work our way down to the number 1 moment – which surprises many but once they see the video – they get it!
The BBC Radio London interview with the amazing sports show host, Phil Parry, covering all these stories will be attached to this post later.
So, here are numbers 10 to 6 . Part 2 covers the remaining numbers 5 to 1, with 1 being 1st place, or the Top Sportsmanship Moment 2017.
Moment/s of Kindness with the wonderful Bradley Lowery (so many moments….)
Jermaine Defoe became friends with the six-year-old, terminally ill little Sunderland supporter, the wonderful Bradley Lowery. They met when Bradley was a mascot & they became great friends. Little Bradley’s bravery, humour and warmth of character inspired Jermaine & (in Jermaine’s own words) taught Jermaine a lot about the precious gift of life & love.
There were many magical moments – which you can see Jermaine talking about on video. But there’s one in particular …
Jermaine was playing for England at Wembley and had Bradley with him as a mascot in the queue in the tunnel, when Joe Hart, the England captain, turned around and asked Jermaine to lead the team out with Bradley – an incredible gesture by Joe Hart. Full story here.
Incidentally, little Jermaine’s parents got a standing ovation at the BBC Sports Personality of the year awards when they announced the Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children.
9. Racing 92 Rugby Club Invite Munster Rugby Fans to Stay With Them
When they rescheduled Champions Cup match because of the sudden death of the Munster coach, Anthony Foley (in Paris on the morning of the match), Racing 92 RFC sent a message to Munster Supporters Club inviting fans, when they return to Paris, to stay with the Racing 92 fans homes – as it is expensive to have to travel to Paris twice for one game.
This trip was already very emotional for the many Munster fans. And now this great French club do this?
“We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,”
Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club.
The brotherhood of rugby knows no bounds. These two clubs are friends for life now.
And, good news, it’s not just the brotherhood or rugby that knows no bounds… the brotherhood of football is alive as well too……
8. Dortmund Open Their Homes To Monaco Fans
After the Champions League match was postponed for a day because of three explosions aimed at the Dortmund team bus (with only one relatively minor injury) caused the game to be postponed by one day.
Dortmund’s official Twitter account called on their own fans to help out their Monaco fans, using the hashtag #BedForAwayFans.
The next day at the match the Monaco fans chanted ‘Dortmund, Dortmund’ – you can see it and hear it all here .
7. Magical Masters Moment in Augusta
Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Britain’s Justin Rose were both trying to win their first U.S. Masters when a special moment occurred on the 15th hole. Both players were playing ‘incredible golf’.
Garcia got an eagle & then Rose putted a very high-pressure birdy to keep the score level. As they walked off the green, Garcia, patted Rose on the back amidst a fantastic battle in, arguably, the greatest golf tournament in the World, The Masters in Augusta.
Friendship & encouragement of your opponent during the heat of battle – extraordinary stuff.
BTW, Garcia won it in the end, on the day, that would have been his hero, Seve Ballesteros’, 60th birthday.
6. Baseball’s Respect & Friendship Among Competitors
Hernandez was about to pitch to Beltre, when he stopped,…. walked over to Beltre and gave him a quick hug (for reaching the career milestone, the night before), then walked back and pitched at him.
It was a quick moment … a public display of friendship & respect between two opposition players. You can see it here.
Part 2 covers the Top 5 sportsmanship moments from 2017, with a surprise winner.
Listen to these stories on BBC Radio London
If you would like to listen to these stories being told by the author of Great Moments Of Sportsmanship, PR Smith, here they are – the Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments recorded on BBC Radio London – Paul Smith chats with Phil Parry.