"Who's that?" I asked
"It's Russell Ebert!"
Russell turned up to my Electric Wheelchair Sports Awards Ceremonies every year and presented all the trophies to us. My favourite year was 1995, when I picked up 9 trophies, including sweeping all of the junior categories. At that awards night I was 11. I had surgery 3 weeks before to lengthen my already tight hamstrings and was forced to wear splints with my legs outstretched. I was in pain and despite my successful night, still not very happy. As I collected my last trophy Russell shook my hand and said something I will never, ever forget.
Now you've got more trophies than I have
All my pain was gone.
If you're wondering why I follow Port Adelaide Football Club so passionately look no further for a better example. The club's greatest player ever gave his time, and more importantly his respect, to us. We didn't ask him to come. He wanted to.
This was long before footy players were posting all their good deeds on social media. He just did it. No Camera crews, no promotions, he just cared.