GROWING up all I ever wanted was to be a part of sport, whether it be playing it or sitting in the stands.
If footy was on TV then that is what the family would be watching, even if it wasn’t my team playing.
I love everything about footy – the high-flying marks, the over-the-top personalities, Carlton losing, the agonising wait for preseason to be over and the feeling you get when your team is in front when the final siren sounds.
As a Collingwood supporter I have had my fair share of ups and downs, but I love the team and would support them no matter what.
But this week’s announcement by the Australian Crime Commission has shocked me.
You might say I am a little naive to think that drugs in sport don’t exist, but as a fan you have faith that your team is doing the right thing.
That the players are doing right by the club and there doing right by the thousands of fans who come to watch them every week.
But allegations that Australian sports teams have taken drugs to enhance their performance are extremely damaging.
Why as fans should we believe any athlete from now on?
When athletes say they’re in the best shape of their career, what are we to think?
How do we know whether or not they have not cheated?
As a fan, I hope athletes from all sports codes around the country realise that using performance-enhancing drugs is wrong and this issue is resolved sooner rather than later.