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News Archive > Sport > “We need to stick together,” says Godolphin ace Hosking

“We need to stick together,” says Godolphin ace Hosking

By Tom Howe 3rd February 2021

“We need to stick together,” says Godolphin ace Hosking

“It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon of negativity and to argue the toss, just because other people are doing it and it gives us something to do. However, unity and positivity is what will get us through this challenging period.”

It is coming up to a year since South West Ambulance Service paramedic and current Godolphin Atlantic defender Rob Hosking uttered these words in an interview with the Voice’s sister paper, the Independent, writes Tom Howe.

Eleven months on, and into a third lockdown period due to the effects of covid-19, Hosking has spoken to the Voice again about the range of challenges that have crashed the daily lives of each and every one of us, how he is coping with such obstacles and what he is doing to keep his mind positive and body active.

Hosking, who has raised more than £100,000 for charity in recent years, has been involved with the emergency services since the age of 18. In the face of adversity, he and his colleagues have gone above and beyond to support those who need it the most, while imploring everybody to help save lives themselves by sticking to Government guidelines.

“Football for me has always been about my mental and physical health,” began the former St Day, Falmouth Town and Penryn Athletic player.

“You step onto the pitch and all your troubles disappear for 90 minutes. You do it because you want to win stuff but the overriding story is that it keeps me sane from the stress and strain of work.

“I am extremely lucky to be in a job at this time. A lot of people have been furloughed or laid off completely. I have got some kind of structure where I leave the house, I go to work and I do my 12 hours a day.

“There has been a lot of sickness and we are all putting in extra shifts. A lot of the time those shifts are more like 14 or 15 hours.

“The workload has increased and we are constantly wearing personal protective equipment. [Covid] is complicating things somewhat but we are still able to do a job and help those in need at a difficult time. I am always immensely proud when I iron my uniform before every shift. It gives me a real sense of pride. I was working on one of the first Clap for Carer nights. People came to their door and were clapping or banging on saucepans. I was hit by a wave of emotion.

“The novelty did wear off a bit because of the actions of the public in general. Lots of people would happily come out, say their bit and clap but maybe not everybody would stick to lockdown rules. Sometimes that felt like a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“I have seen the good side of human nature and a selfish side, which was a bit infuriating. I am no criminal expert but, to put it bluntly, if I went out and shot somebody I would be convicted for murder. If a 70-year-old, with underlying health conditions, has contracted the virus from somebody who knew they had it but still went about their business, is that not similar?”

Outside of working hours, Hosking transferred to Godolphin at the beginning of the current season, switching his focus for 90 minutes at a time and turning in a man of the match performance on his debut, a 3-1 defeat at Wendron in September.

However, lockdowns two and three were waiting in the wings. Without the distraction of football, Hosking was determined to find another positive use of his time. He has since enrolled in an online sports nutrition course whilst running local routes with wife, Tamsin, who is also a key worker.

“I have really enjoyed my football since I joined Godolphin,” he explained. “Results have been poor but there were flashes of good performances. Things were looking up and we came back against Dobwalls, who at the time were third in the league. We drew 2-2 with them and hit the crossbar in the last minute. I want to be involved if and when football returns.

“Football is good and there are a lot of positives to it but people are still dying in their thousands. I don’t think we can see a safe return this season whilst people are still tragically losing their lives. There is a bit more to life.

“As much as football has kept me sane through the years, I don’t feel there is any alternative but to finish the season for now and see where we are in May or June.

“You could sit there and dwell on it, but a lot of people have turned to other things. During the first lockdown [my wife and I] were trying to learn Spanish and do bits to keep our minds active and to use the time wisely. There is always somebody trying to do something and help people out.”

He added: “There are a lot of people who have lost loved ones. Things have been even more of a struggle because they can’t go and be with them because of how things are.

“We are all here for each other. I know people will get frustrated but the way I look at it is short term pain for long term gain. It isn’t going to be easy and we have seen that in the last 12 months.

“I am quite a positive person. We will get through this but I can’t get through it on my own and you might not be able to. It is a joint effort. We need to stick together.”

By Tom Howe 3rd February 2021

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