Ok – this is now a series by your blogger’s definition – more than one (although England and Australia’s women cricketers just played a one Test series).
If you saw #1 in this series, you will know that it is tradition to check this World Population Clock at the time of first drafting the post. So, the planet’s population was… 6,901,229,322. (Multiply by 50.3% for the ratio of males to females and you get Three Billion, Four Hundred and Seventy-One Million Three Hundred and Eighteen Thousand and Three Hundred and Forty-Nine Blokes – that is 3,471,318,349 ). Only 28 million or so more fellas for the title to be spot on accurate.
Today we celebrate two of that number who deserve an honourable mention… a couple of blokes who have made big personal comebacks, health-wise.
They are known as Skippy and Dave.
Not the kangaroo, Geoff Heugill. His triumph is here (please forgive the embedded ad at the start).
Don’t you just love that call by the commentator, “What’s twenty metres when you’ve conquered forty kilos?” Skippy inspired a nation by making some personal decisions and he is building a brand around his determination to come back from being morbidly obese.
This man, not necessarily as well known to the world, is still making a difference in his circle of influence. Prior to his lifestyle change, just like Skippy, Dave explained that he was’ drinking for Australia’.
A father of two pre-school aged kids, married, Dave retired from his beloved De La Salle Warriors Aussie Rules team a few years ago now. He was the captain, through his twenties and thirties, of a loyal group of his old school mates. I know that his reputation was all about his honest commitment to the contest. Where others may have more natural ability no one surpassed Dave’s courage on the field and commitment to the team. He inspired others on the field.
I’ve recently heard him describe how unfit he became. I don’t know for certain but I imagine leaving a team environment and that regular physical hit out of amateur footy probably left a gap. Now Dave explains that ‘my addiction is running, the cure is running.’ And just like in his footy days, he is bringing people with him. Where Geoff Heugill has no doubt inspired many to shed the kilo’s, Dave tells stories of how his old team-mates are setting their own goals.
Last year, Dave and his mate Seb ran from Burwood in metropolitan Melbourne to Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. They ran 80 kilometres. That’s massive compared to the number of beers he was racking up each week. As he says, he’s moved from being proud of his one alcohol free day a week to almost feeling guilty on the one day he now has a beer.
What makes Dave’s story even more special is that he has been prepared to share those facts about his post footy lifestyle with the world. He now blogs regularly about his running but not just his running… the people he is bringing with him, the thoughts he has on the long roads about being a better dad, husband… about being a better man.
On that 80k run a huge crew joined him and ran with him and Seb… some 50k (Gully), others 20k… my own 14 year old son ran 10k that day without stopping and beat his old man (I had to take a break). What’s important is that Dave has had the personal inspiration to share his inner thoughts and show how running is effecting change in his life far beyond the health credits he is racking up.
I am proud that Dave is my brother and today, February 1, is his 40th birthday.
Here’s celebrating you Dave, Skippy and all the fellas on the planet who act on their will to change for the better. Who do you know who have made personal triumphs by applying their self-will? Feel free to share your inspirations in the space below.
(Here is Dave Jennings’ inspiring blog ‘Run Free’ – enjoy!)
Happy Birthday Dave.