Monday, August 24, 2009

Tintin–Inspiration to Australian Sportstar

Came across a lovely quote in The Fitz Files column of the Sydney Morning Herald (29-30 November 2008 edition) concerning Australian cycling great  and dual Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans who nominates the graphic novel character Tintin as his greatest inspiration:
I first came across Tintin in my school library, and I got right into it... They're the best books for kids. Tintin is the best role model; he's brave, he's good, he helps the weak, he's perfect. There are so many countries I want to go to just because he went there.
Outside of his racing, Evans is turning his attention to a Free Tibet campaign. If you want to read more about his exploits and his relationship to the fictional comics literary character who has influenced him, check out The Age article "From Asterix and Tintin to Championing the Rights of Tibet". More power to him.