THE ultimate sporting role model who leads from the front, it’s recognition of Alistair Brownlee’s triathlon triumphs – and values – that he’s been selected as Team England’s flagbearer at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Not only will this sporting superstar, who lives in Leeds, be representing his city, county and country, but he will be representing the very best of sport on the Australian Gold Coast which is still coming to terms with the disgrace caused by cricket’s ball tampering scandal.
This matters. The Commonwealth Games have always prided themselves on being the Friendly Games and the next 11 days of competition provide a timely opportunity for competitors to show that how they win is just as important as finishing first. On this basis, there’s every reason that these will be Games to remember for the Yorkshire athletes, headed by the indomitable Brownlee and his younger brother Jonny, who form the backbone to Team England. Good luck.