It’s my Opinion

As someone who spends much of my waking hours following sport of almost any kind, last weekend was the perfect opportunity to watch the best of what was on offer on the world stage - and some of it was being played in Scotland.

The breathtaking magnificence of a single golf shot being but one of the highlights from a gentleman with the unlikely name of Bubba, laying claim to the pick of the best, though matched by the splendid heroics of Edinburgh Rugby over an amazing 80 minutes of morale boosting efforts to make the nation proud.

But while these achievements from Augusta and Edinburgh were high on my agenda I could not help reflecting on the mind - numbing pomposity on the Thames over the same weekend of thrills and spills.

Trenton Oldfield certainly did the world of real sport no favours in drawing attention to what I believe is an out of date event, supported by yahoo Henry’s of our society.

The sad 35 year-old has probably given the Boat Race a new lease of life by swimming into the path of the boats from Cambridge and Oxford.

The protester - for that’s how he described himself - would have better confining his statement against elitism to another arena, as it’s my belief the institution of the race was fast disappearing from the public awareness as it was before he pulled his stunt.

So no marks for the misguided Aussie whose actions have probably done nothing but help keep interest in the race alive.

Not that I’m against the sport of rowing. Indeed as much as anyone I was shouting home Sir Steve Redgrave in the middle of the night when he won his last gold medal at the Olympics.

I have, however, no time for this public school led event, catering only for - as Mr Oldfield is suggesting - the pompous, Oxbridge educated elite of the UK.

Notwithstanding, the ease with which he was able to disrupt the race is a clear warning to the organisers of the London Olympics that they will need to be alert in July to such attempts of disruption.

One idiot’s antics could conceivably ruin the whole three weeks. The effectiveness of this one particular stunt may be just the early warning needed to sharpen up the resources available to our security services.

So while I am in awe of so many top class performers, it is clear that high profile sporting occasions bring their own problems - and sadly opportunities - for would be protesters with, in some cases, evil on their warped minds.

But just in case you think I am in any way an elitist for promoting the big events, nothing could have been further from my mind last Saturday, when I watched the grass roots of sport in Dundee before enjoying my TV bonanza later in weekend.

At the end of the day it is by backing sport at all levels that we will, as a nation, produce the best sporting performers for the big stage. A never ending process and one I am happy, even privileged to play a small part in promoting it.