IN response to your article on the back page of the Naracoorte Herald July 28, 2011, "Our sporting heroes".
The word hero in this country is used too freely especially when it comes to our sporting men and women.
Most people play sport for the enjoyment or to represent their town or city and then there are those that get paid to play the sport that they love, some become champions not heroes.
The word hero should be left for those few individuals and groups of people that go above and beyond what is expected of them, those that are prepared to put others first and put their lives on the line in the hope that they can make a difference, most of the heroes I know are dead heroes.
There are a few people in this district that I have seen first hand do exceptional things when the time arose but those people go unnoticed and prefer to stay out of the limelight, they don't consider themselves as heroes but if their stories were told they would be classed as a hero.
I urge people to think of the meaning of the word hero the next time they hear it mentioned and think instead of the person who performed the act of heroism whilst trying to make a difference.