This morning I asked the GalPal if she wanted to say anything on behalf of her candidacy for 2021 Sportsperson of the Year. But instead of touting her 2021 athletic greatest hits, she declined, saying, “I’m not into competition anymore.”
How ironic because that’s exactly what this year’s winner says in the middle of this short documentary about what I’m deeming 2021’s Athletic Accomplishment of the Year.
I present to you, the 2021 Sportsperson of the Year, Lachlan Morton and the 2021 Athletic Accomplishment of the Year, The Alt Tour.
What is there not to love about Morton? Among other attributes that tipped the scale his way was his self-awareness, his social conscience, his sense of humor, his commitment to fun, and his utter lack of ego.
Sportsperson of the Year honorable mention goes to two athletes who, like Lachy, also inspire lots of other people without much media coverage at all (not counting Strava and Insta).
Jeanette Byrnes for her commitment to open water swimming and monthly open water plunges sans wetsuit. #nails
Dan, Dan, the Former Transportation Man for sticking like velcro for another year to the Boon Running Team, of which I am a proud member, despite giving up 2-13 years to the youngish, handsome “legends in their own minds” that make up the team. #nails
Sports Accomplishment of the Year honorable mention. M.A.’s inaugural marathon at 62 years young. Way to go rook.
The best of the rest: Tom Brady.
Dear Sir, I’m not sure 2021 could be ending any finer. Two back-to-back bucket list items: first, my Amy and I, along with you and the Good Wife, were highlighted in the annual Mathi Scrapbook. And now, honorable mention in Pressing Pause, ahead of some guy named Brady.
Almost makes up for the Utah one-two punch.
Also, regarding the one-two punch: in 2022, I’ll be recommitting myself to instructing all boons on the value of incremental improvement.