If it’s the only thing you ever learn in life, know that people should judge you by what you’ve done and not how you appear or where you come from.
It took me a while to fully realise this.
Marion Bartoli won the women’s Wimbledon final yesterday but the news was about a British presenter who had made an off the cuff remark about her physical appearance before her match. I don’t think he intended to offend, but the fact is his description of Bartoli was flippant and came back to haunt him.
Then today Andy Murray finally became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men’s final in 77 years. Some say he is a Scot first. Who cares. Others criticise his communication skills. He speaks through his tennis.
He deserved to win because of his talent and application, just as Bartoli did. We need similar kinds of outcomes for all young people.
Which is why I am a supporter of social mobility initiatives that open up doors to university education or careers for those who have the ability, but are denied the opportunity by factors outside their control.
Let the walls fall down.