This guy is possibly the nicest sportsman in New Zealand. Hey, possibly the nicest celebrity in New Zealand. How did he get to be so nice?
At the gym this morning he was there. Working out quietly. He always wears his hoody up when he arrives (hoping, I think, to slink in unnoticed). But we all notice. And generally leave him alone. Because that's what Kiwis are like. We're not star struck. Not usually.
Last week we went to a fundraiser at a friend's school. Tana had signed a rugby ball and it was auctioned off for a couple of hundred dollars. I wondered, that night, if when he signs these things he realises how much he helps schools and stuff.
So this morning I took the plunge and told him what a difference he makes. I thought he'd just say thanks and that would be it. But no, 5 minutes later he was still chatting. What a lovely guy.
We need more role models like this. Outstanding at what he does. Not up himself. Unassuming. Great manners. Simply nice.
How did he get to be so nice?