mump boy wrote: Powell wrote: mump boy wrote:
Why should a National Federation have to bow down to the whims of a teenager and his parents ??
He has been treated exactly the same as everyone else in his position yet somehow managed to spin the whole story so it's about how hard done by he is
The feeling I get from all these stories is that, as huge as Gill's talent is, his ego is about 5 times as big.
exactly and on that note i'm going to stop tailing about him
What ego are you guys talking about? Except your own!!
Let's be clear all of the stories and talking and the rest of the blah blah blah's have been generated by the likes of all of us ancient retired TnF nutters.
Jacko has not made any public criticsms against Athletics NZ. Those criticisms have come from the likes of people like me, media reporters, former prominent NZ athletes etc. This storm in a tea cup (made into a tea pot by those of us who enjoy posting our rants on this TnF bloggers forum) was prompted by Athletics NZ failure to establish clear selection criteria for NZ; and their subsequent failure to convery those selection criteria prior to announcing the first batch of athletes.
Jacko merely stated, through his Dad, that he had decided to forgo the opportunity to compete in London. His Dad explained that his son was disillusioned with Atheltics NZ. And why wouldn't he be.
- Athletics NZ passes a rule that bans him from competing in the NZ senior nationals
- Athletics NZ announces his B standard thrown is not good enough - he must throw 20.30m
- He throws 20.30m
- 3 months later Athletics NZ announces it is not good to be selected in the first batch
I have nothing against the criteria Athletics NZ have finally decided on. The criteria are logical given the IAAF A and B standards that have to be complied with. If Athletics NZ had made their selection criteria clear a year ago we wouldn't have had the problem we now have.
Mump Boy and Powell think Jacko is too big for his boots with an over blown ego. Powell thinks Jacko has no right to be upset over the age restriction for the NZ nationals senior division because Athletics NZ said they would give him an excemption if he applied.
Why should NZ's national record holder for the senior shot, ranked 2nd in all of the Commonwealth and 30th in all of the world have to go cap in hand to ask for an exemption?
This is not an IAAF rule - it is something a bunch of dorks in NZ Athletics Admin dreamed up all by themselves. I can just see the Ethiopian Athletics Admin asking Athletics NZ for permission to plagiarize this brilliant piece of adminstrative jurisprdence so that they can impose similar restrictions on Mohammed Aman.
Athletics NZ officials say they did this at the request of the clubs in order to protect the athletes. Protect them from what? The demi-Gods of Athletics NZ sitting atop Mt Cook (Mt Aorangi for the politically correct) say that "You can compete all year long in the senior shot all through NZ, any where overseas, in the Olympics even; but my God you are at such grave risk to your health,to your future, if after all of that we allow you to compete in the NZ senior nationals. Be thankful young man that we have done this geat thing - just to protect you from your own brilliance"
And then these great visionaries, looking down on the populace from their thrones atop Mt Cook, admiring their legislative handiwork, notice that the great unwashed public think these self appointed demi-Gods are a compete bunch of idiots for passing such legislative wisdom. "Ah but wait
", they tell us "There is more - we didn't really mean that this rule should apply to Jacko Gill. If he climbs up Mt Cook to the base of our godly thrones and begs us to grant him an exemption, we will probably in our collective wisdom grant him that exemption. After all we demi-Gods want to be loved by our worshippers and it appears our worshippers are having unloving thoughts about us at the moment.
And of course none of the clubs are sticking up their hands admitting to their roles in demanding this masterpiece of athletics legislation.
And of course, I also wish they had had this rule in place in 1969 when I first competed in the NZ national seniors as a 17 year old. Because I am sure I must have suffered somehow since then because of I was not protected from those dangers. The main danger being that I got my arse kicked by Dave Norris and Bob Thomas (both 26 foot long jumpers back then off grass).
And finally, Jacko says very little to the media directly (and I am not counting social media where he appears to be like all other teeen agers who seem to spill their guts on their every topic imaginable). When he has spoken to the media Jacko has always been polite and gracious.
Is he disullusioned? clearly
Is he right to be disillusioned- in my opinion it is very yes.
is he allowed to decide to forgo the Olympics- yes,of course he is.
And does this mean we who have nothing better to do can write pages and pages of comments - yes.
And what other 16/17 year old who has never been to a world senior champs or Olympics ever generated so much coverage, so much interest.