Yesterday on Twitter, I read some posts about people blogging in a derogatory way about swimmers and or coaches.
That is the way of the www. There are always mindless people who want to make everything look either bad, ridiculous or simply take the mickey.
There are laws like inciting racial hatred, unlawful discrimination, criminal and terrorist incitement, which are incidences where police will intervene and blogs will have to be shut down.
But when it comes to name-calling, ridicule, bullying, things are harder to control.
It is one of the benefits of the free society that we can freely express our feelings, thoughts and it enriches our lives tremendously.
I would be very concerned if I read nothing but good things about anybody. In fact it seems that only in very repressive and fascist countries nobody is allowed to say anything negative about certain religions, political leaders or countries.
What drives swimmers is the love of the sport and the vast majority of swimmers I know have the greatest respect for their coaches, their fellow swimmers and for the sport.
People who want to progress in the sport and achieve great results will always go to training and swim at every opportunity.
I think that people wanting to learn about the sport and seek inspiration will look around and feel better about reading in-depth stories that may or may not contain some critical words but that comes across very positively and gives readers something to think about and encourages them to take part rather than put them off.
I mean you could sit on your couch all day and do nothing, but who wants to do that?