The tragic death of Phil Hughes has certainly put many aspects of life into perspective.  As this traumatic event reverberated around the world so quickly through various media channels I was prompted to reflect on the instant age we live in. We all waited expectantly in the hours that followed what happened at the Sydney Cricket Ground, expressing concern about the well-being of Hughes and the incident itself.  I am sure that the various still images as well as what was captured on film that day will haunt us for a long time.

I was interested to read an article from 1975 in which the writer was sharing his thoughts of the dangers of cricket following the near fatal situation involving a New Zealand cricket player who was felled by a ball that season. Very similar thoughts echoed through this article as many commentators and observers reflected on following Hughes death about the intentions behind short-pitched bowling.  What was also interesting is that the author suggested (bearing in mind these comments were written nearly 40 years ago) that perhaps types of helmets needed to be tried out and if they prove successful, should they be made compulsory?  The evolution of sport and sports safety has certainly come a lot way since then, making the death of Phil Hughes so shocking. 

As we contemplate the past year of sport, at whatever level we have been involved in, I would like us to consider what we can do as individuals and organisations to continue to stay passionate and focused in providing the best possible environment for our participants.  While realising that there can be challenges and situations that frustrate, there are so many positive outcomes of sport that make involvement so rewarding. It is that emphasis and connection in which our society can flourish through the mechanism of sport. I'm sure Phil Hughes would want that for us too.   

 I wish everyone involved in netball a very happy Christmas and a successful 2015.


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Tim Hamilton
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