Public service announcement: There’s something about David Pocock.
In fact, there are many, many things about him. And they’re all good.
At a time when it feels like reaching for men we can be proud of in sport is a fools’ game, the Wallabies has more than one player on its team who is a Role Model in every sense of the term.
He’s intelligent. He stands up for what he believes in. And he can score a try and handle a tackle like a machine.
Here are six more reasons to celebrate him.
1. He’s a firm supporter of gay marriage
A man after our own heart.
The 27-year old has spoken publicly about his stance on gay marriage. And he is all for it. So much so that he and his partner of five years Emma Palandri decided that they wouldn’t get married until their gay friends could.
‘‘I don’t see the logic in excluding people from making loving commitments to each other.” He told Fairfax in 2013, “so we’ll have to wait and see.’’
2 He stands up for rural issues and climate change.
Just last year Pocock and his partner Emma were arrested for taking part in a non-violent protest against a coal mine in North west NSW.
Pocock chained himself to a digger with a local farmer for 10 hours to protest the Maules Creek mine.
He was charged. But no conviction was recorded.
He’s also studying Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems. To become more aware about the planet and how the food system works.
3. He’s politically aware.
With all that under his belt how could he not be?
Pocock has appeared on QandA and spoken about issues affecting various demographics in Australia.
He doesn’t put his head in the sand, and he’s extremley articulate.
Watch his Q and A appearance here:
He also had a pretty excellent point to make about Tony Abbott’s Thatcher lecture this week: