Richard Hansford

I thoroughly appreciated Waleed Aly’s ‘Gold is Good’ (September). I particularly enjoyed his references to the origins of AFL and may be inclined to watch more. I was quite swayed by his rationale for government funding but do not accept we should ever be disappointed with our athletes’ achievements in Olympic competition.

To me, spectator response should surround participating and competing and not depend on medal results, especially on gold; but then I often feel quite lonely.

Richard Hansford

Pymble, NSW