All Blacks’ Jersey style of skill and pace
Sunlight streams through the huge windows that make Mark Foster’s front room such a light and airy space as he reaches the moment he has avoided for 30 years. It is a cold and beautiful morning in Hertfordshire and, from the converted barn where he lives, Foster can look down at the Womens Hines Ward Jersey
little river below where two swans lead their cygnets in a stately paddle.
The mood appears as serene in Foster’s home but a deeper truth is about to surface. “It’s not like I’ve been pushed to come out,” the former world champion swimmer says as he prepares to tell the world he is gay. “I’ve just swerved and swerved. Telling half-truths and not being my true http://www.warriorsproshop.com/tim_hardaway_jersey.html
self is only hurting me. I’m 47, a middle-aged man, http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Kelvin-Herrera-Jersey
and I’m no longer competing. And I’m not the first gay sportsman to come out. Gareth Thomas and Tom Daley led the way.”
I felt no real surprise when hearing that Foster wanted to talk publicly for the first time about his sexuality in this interview. Foster had not been tortured about being gay, or ashamed, and over the past 26 years he has lived with, and loved, two different men in long relationships. His family and friends are accepting and supportive.
Foster set eight world records as a freestyle and butterfly sprinter and won six world titles, 11 European championship gold medals, two Commonwealth golds and competed in five Olympic Games – even carrying the GB flag at the opening ceremony in Beijing in 2008. But he could not unlock a partially concealed secret about himself.
“I tiptoed around the issue for so long,” he says. “I got really good at the dance of telling half-truths. I’ve supported the Terence Higgins Trust, Stonewall, Ben Cohen’s Stand Up to Bullying campaign. But I’ve always done it under the radar. At the Sochi Olympics [in 2014] Authentic Pierre Turgeon Jersey
I did a piece for Huffington Post. I was shocked by the treatment of gay people in Russia and needed to say something – without revealing anything about myself. So I half-said something. It’s always been half-truths in public.”
Foster has done Chris Tillman Authentic Jersey
lots of television work, from Strictly Come Dancing to being a BBC pundit. Even during fevered gossip about a possible Womens Henrik Sedin Jersey
relationship with a fellow swimmer, the four-time Olympic medallist and BBC analyst Rebecca Adlington, during the 2016 Olympics, when she was filmed squeezing his leg under the table, an assumption that he might be gay did not seem to matter to anyone but Foster and those closest to him.
Yet it does matter, particularly in sport, where it can still feel terribly hard for people to come out. Foster is intelligent and articulate, a man who also works as a model and a motivational speaker, but he has struggled since the age of 17 to voice out loud the simple fact he is gay. The longer we talk the clearer the reminder that being a gay sportsman still verges on the taboo.
When we turn to football, where the glass ceiling seems frosted and unbreakable to gay and http://www.bruinsofficialauthentic.com/Terry_Oreilly_Jersey_Adidas
bisexual men who play the game professionally while harbouring a secret, the importance of similar sportsmen talking openly is obvious. Foster, a Spurs supporter, understands why gay footballers might fear abuse from the terraces or uncertainty from team-mates if they came out. Other stories need to be heard first.