Banker pay and really serious sports people
By clive on Sep 21, 2009
I was pondering a number of things on my evening run up Pumlomon last night via a new path which approaches from the West direct to the summit. No photo's as I decided to take a extra thermal in my bum bag rather than a camera which turned out to be a good choice as the sun started to set. The main pondering was if a footballer paid N millions a year had advanced their sport to the same extent as Sara Outen or Jez Bragg.
I listened to Sara Outen interviewed on Radio 2 and it was just very impressive what she had achieved in rowing across the Indian Ocean. It felt disappointing she was having to sell her boat to pay back a loan. So many daft things she could be getting on with which push the limit beyond what has been done before in a small boat with no friends.
I have not met Jez, but we have run in a few of the same races (Jez at the front, me at the other end of the field). 3rd in the Western States is a uncelebrated national success. Maybe thats the difference, real ambition and ability which push at the boundaries of what is possible does not get widely celebrated.
I don't find the calls for reform of bankers pay any more or less compelling than the case for the reform for Footballers pay. Rowing solo across the Indian Ocean has a high level of obvious risk with a very personal set of rewards. I don't see a lot of risk in being a Footballer or a Banker, so the rational for the level of monetary reward escapes me as neither appears to be pushing the boundaries of what is possible and inspiring other people. Maybe that is entertainment for you. No one is going to pay to watch footage of Sara rowing 10 hours+ a day in the middle of the ocean or Jez plodding down a trail which looks the same as the next trail.