14 Jul 2022
Making dreams come true
A young player, not yet in teenage years, starry eyed, looking ahead to gain the plaudits of admiring supporters; it is the dream of many but for the majority it remains only a dream.
However, does the World Veteran Championships to some extent enable that dream to come true?
Is it not one of the virtues of the biennial tournament?
The chances of representing your country in an international tournament are remote, especially if you come from one of the powerhouse nations of the world that regularly contests honours on the international stage.
Perhaps if you are resident in small remote island far from the madding crowd, the chances are greater.
Nevertheless, whatever the location, it is the minority that competes, the extreme minority that gains precious podium places.
In the modern era the ultimate accolade is the be an Olympian, to simply compete in the prestigious quadrennial gathering; the fact you may have been totally outclassed, lost every match is not of importance. It gives a certain status.
It is the same regarding the World Championships; the fact you can tell friends and relations back home that you competed at such a level provides a topic of pride when totally running out of ideas for conversation at social occasions.
Equally, for most artisans the chances of playing against opponents from foreign shores is remote; for many the limit is an adversary from a town less than 50 miles distant.
Now is this where the World Veteran Championships plays a special role?
Simply, fill in the registration form, pay the fee and you can compete!
You have the chance to play against competitors from different parts of the world, in fact owing to language you may not be able to converse, but you find a way.
They are matches always remembered, the match against the player from the local city may not be embedded in the mind.
Moreover, when you return home, or travelling back on the plane, you have an automatic subject of conversation, one that makes you special and raises eyebrows.
“I’m just coming back from the World Championships”.