League great Shane Webcke talks to the crowd at the Gympie Devil's Rugby League launch at the Pavilion. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times
League great Shane Webcke talks to the crowd at the Gympie Devil's Rugby League launch at the Pavilion. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

Webcke's claim: 'We're all too soft'

I'M A little disappointed this week that more current rugby league players didn't show up to the Devils launch on Saturday night.

It was a great night at the Pavilion; the organisers did a fantastic job preparing for the event. The food was first class; there was plenty of entertainment with raffles, auctions and music.

By far and away the highlight of the night was a motivational speech by former Queensland State of Origin and Australian representative Shane Webcke.

Webcke spoke on a multitude of subjects, football, his family, super coach Wayne Bennett and how to succeed in life on and off the field.

Basically his recipe for success was to work harder than everyone else and do more than what is expected of you.

The one topic that struck a chord with me and a lot of other people in the crowd was about today's youth.

 

He answered a question from Terry Nolan of Nolan's Meats. How do you get people to knuckle down and do the hard yards when times get tough? Webcke replied, "Good luck".

 

"People, by and large today have become mentally very, very soft, we are very soft people compared to the people that founded our nation."

He said compared to what out forefathers did to build this country "we are pathetic by comparison".

"And that, we are passing onto our children."

Webcke said he didn't want to "throw a blanket" over all children, because it's not the case, but everywhere he goes there is a prevailing attitude of softness. He added a lot people of today relied on someone else to fix their problems and our kids have lost their resilience.

"We have all become too bloody soft," he said.

"Whether I am right or wrong, you can make your own decision."

He said until things change and people realise that having a bit of backbone and resilience is the way to go, people like Terry Nolan and the coaching staff at the Broncos will never be able to give people heart.

What I hated was our young players weren't there to hear that.

Good week

Gympie Goldfins break records at swim meet.

Bad week

T20 cricket final called off due to bad weather.

Is Shane right? Have we gone soft?

This poll ended on 14 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes

91%

No

2%

Depends who we are talking about

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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