Opinion: Others can learn from hurlers in 2019 - Donn O'Sullivan

Donn O'Sullivan, Sports Editor

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Opinion: Others can learn from hurlers in 2019 - Donn O'Sullivan

John Kiely has shown others how it is done

THE first week of any new year brings the excitement of what is to come from the 52 weeks ahead.

In the first of our 2019 columns in Leader Sport we have all looked ahead to the new year and have decided upon what we would like to see in the coming 12 months.

For me, the template of the Limerick hurlers could be used to help other sports.

First off, if your sport has not invested in its youth structure, then best start there.

If you have that sorted and you are happy with your playing numbers, then try to create an environment where that talent can grow.

If the Limerick hurlers can win against the back drop of expectation and (sadly) wholesale abuse following losses, then every other sports team in town can overcome their biggest issues.

The last thing that teams could learn from is the open-ness and humility with which the hurlers carried themselves before, during and after their ultimate glory.

Sadly there are organisations and players in this region who still feel that they cannot be themselves, or that they cannot ‘open up’ about issues other than their sport.

The hurlers of 2018 have opened the door to the promised land. It's time for everyone else to walk in.