Offside Chats: Connor Wallace-Sims & Movember
This is OFFSIDE CHATS, where Rugby United New York athletes, coaches, and staff give you never before seen insights into the inner workings of a professional rugby team. Each week, a member of the organization will write a blog discussing any topic they see fit.
This fall, members of the team are participating in Movember, an organization that raises awareness for men’s health. The guys all shaved their beards and are working hard to reach their donation goals and grow a pretty impressive moustaches. For this week’s blog, Connor Wallace-Sims shares what his experience is like participating in the campaign.
By Connor Wallace-Sims
I’m participating in Movember because I feel it is important to raise awareness for some important issues that men come across: mental health, prostate & testicular cancer. It’s important to me because it can happen to any of us. Through this process, I hope that men and women around the world know that they’re not alone and end the stigma of suffering in silence; men need each other when times get tough. We all struggle, it is not worth doing it in silence.
So far, it has been great fun! I have received a lot of support from colleagues, friends and family. I have got a handlebar moustache going right now which is rather amusing (I’m growing the best one of the guys for sure). My friends and family were so supportive in the first couple of days of Movember; I’m already halfway to my donations goal! It was amazing to see their support and I am extremely grateful for it. Anthony Parry has been killing it to! It’s also been great to do this alongside 3 other RUNY guys. I was hoping more of the lads would jump on the bandwagon to grow some mo’s and raise a couple of dollars, but it’s all good! I’m just happy to be a part of it. We aren’t just representing the 4 of us but the whole team, the MLR and men in general.
We’re only in week 2, but I notice that I’m changing the way I take care of myself. I am starting to make small changes in my daily routine. The intensity of preseason going into the 2020 season is going to be tough. I proved to myself and others that I can balance both and I will again. For others, I hope people can see the seriousness in the cause but also be able to have a laugh and joke by growing some silly facial hair. The important takeaway is to be able to talk when you need to. With all the hard work the guys and everyone else participating do every November, I hope that men all around the world will soon have the access and confidence to reach out in times of struggle.
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