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Sunday, April 4, 2010

An Inspiration

Graeme Eng!
Leading the pack up a steep climb.
Sure, he does have a great bike, but it takes a damn good pair of legs and lungs too.
Graeme has been a friend since I was at high school. There, he taught me English. Graeme was one of those teachers that teaches more than the subject. I liked the fact that he did not wear a tie; he was on the protests against the Springbok rugby tour; he acted on stage with the students; he encouraged differences. And lots more. Graeme was always training. He cycled to school. He ran around the school track after school, puffing like a steam train. Once I met him when I had just ran up on to the Port Hills on a blistering hot day. My first ascent. He told me I would not be up there again. I thought he was wrong. He was right.
Way behind Graeme you can see younger guys, in more fashionable lycra outfits, riding lighter bikes. I would like to go for a ride with Graeme. He would be civil enough to wait for me.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I know this guy too! He is definitely worth celebrating. He's just so very Graeme Eng-ish in every conceivable way. Individual and principled. His own man.
    Kind bastard too. Really looked after me at the start of my teaching career. Yeah! Let's hear it for Graeme! Another great post Mr T.