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Saturday 06-Aug-2016
從課室走到奧運頒獎台

早上從電台節目得知里約奧運會開幕,第一個感覺是:咁快又四年。

 

是我的錯覺嗎?總覺得今年奧運來得俏俏的,在Facebook上,其他媒體上都沒有四年前倫敦奧運般的熱烈氣氛。或許是Pokemon GO風頭蓋過奧運,或許是里約奧運醜聞太多,令人期待感不高。儘管有人話里約奧運將是「史上最差的奧運會」,但奧運畢竟是四年一度的世界盛事,即使差,都值得睇睇有幾差。

 

而講起奧運,就想起每次跟家長談起運動強的英國學校時,總會以「此校有學生參加奧運」作為標準,去定義運動「勁」。例如Plymouth College,表現出色,出了個鼎鼎大名的奧運跳水選手Tom Delay,又靚仔又大隻,but sorry ladies,已婚。又例如Millfield舊生Jazmin Sawyers,今年代表英國國家隊出戰奧運跳遠項目,最近還創出6.75米的個人最遠記錄。

 

對於「此學校有學生參加奧運,所以運動實力很強」的命題,我面對過兩種來自家長的疑問。

 

疑問一:學生運動叻參加奧運,跟學校有何關係呢?因為奧運選手通常年紀輕,並且在學校生涯時已經開始進行特訓、備戰,而學校就是這班未來選手的搖籃。在英國,奧運對學生來說不是課餘活動,而是全心全意,全情投入去做的一件事,一個人生目標。學生之所以有足夠實力代表國家參加奧運會,其母校的培育絕對是功不可沒。

 

疑問二:奧運的意義到底有多神聖,令家長們一聽到「學校年中出了不少奧運選手」就為之驚嘆?最簡單的理解,就是因為奧運是世界級殿堂運動比賽。相等於所有足球員都想踢世界盃、網球手都會想打溫布頓一樣,奧運可謂有著體育界至高無上的地位。而每個國家為了爭取最多的獎牌,都必然選拔出全國最精英的選手出戰,能參加奧運,等於選手的實力是國家的頂峰。再加上,在強調dignity的英國,能夠背負著國家榮譽參加奧運,是一種光榮、一種實力的證明。

 

最重要的,是英國人對運動、競技的重視。英國人早在學生時期就被灌輸一種體育精神的概念,並將競技視為「games」,一種透過互相切磋而提升友誼的遊戲。這一種思想正切合奧運會國家之間友好和諧的宗旨。所以,以上種種原因令英國學校運動和奧運會選手有種微妙的關係,而每當談及「此校有奧運選手」,就等於學校運動有著unquestionable的實力。

 

看了這麼多英國和奧運的事,你可能想鬧我「喂Samuel,講咁耐英國,你個心有無香港呀!」然而,我那一顆小小的香港心,還是為香港運動員而亮的。香港運動員唔係臘鴨!葉珮延、李慧詩、張家朗、歐鎧淳、鄭俊樑,加油!香港運動員,加油!

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