From Leonardo DiCaprio to NBA player Luka Doncic: the men that inspired us in 2019

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Sports stars, artists and comedians ... these are the guys that motivate the 'Young Post' team

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You don't have to have powers to be a superhero! In honour of Brovember, here are the men who inspired us this year.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Anyone can be an idol in someone’s eyes, by working hard at their craft, having the courage to speak up about issues, or simply by growing into a better person each day. For our last Brovember Sunday, here are the men who have inspired members of the Young Post team over the past year. 

I’m a little bit in awe of my Italian teacher. Somehow, he always manages to be cheerful, no matter how he might be really feeling. It’s as if there’s nothing he’d love more than to spend two hours on a weekday evening teaching us prepositional articles. I was nervous about the prospect of learning a new language this year, but having a teacher who is kind and patient means I can speak without feeling stupid or embarrassed. It’s always inspiring when you find a teacher who is passionate about what they do.

Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Sub-editor

NBA player Luka Doncic has impressed me greatly all year. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a European player come into the NBA, and he dominated the game in his first year. Not only did the Slovenian win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2019 season, he seems to be on track for the 2020 NBA play-offs. I can’t wait for more surprises from him during the next season; seeing that he just scored a career high of 42 points, it’s going to be exciting. 

Alejo Rodriguez Lo, Videographer

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After watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I was reminded of how many times Leonardo DiCaprio has managed to reinvent himself throughout his career. From his teen heart-throb roles such as in Baz Luhrmann’s re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet to more dramatic achievements such as his physically demanding tour-de-force performance in The Revenant, it seems like he can do anything.

Off the screen, his efforts to raise awareness about the growing climate emergency also make him a great role model in my book. 

Jamie Lam, Special projects editor

Leonardo DiCaprio's ability to reinvent himself, as well as his climate change activism, makes him an inspiration to many.
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This year marks the 500th death anniversary of one of, if not the greatest, geniuses of all time: Leonardo da Vinci. He painted more than 15 paintings, some of which took decades to complete. A true Renaissance man, he was way ahead of his time, and also produced sketches of helicopters, tanks and submarines, as well as eerily accurate representations of the human heart, foetuses, and skulls.

The most incredible thing I learned about him is that he surmised that there was water on the moon more than five centuries ago, without the help of Nasa’s cutting-edge equipment or even a telescope. To me, he’s the epitome of how much humans can achieve, despite our limited lifespans. 

Veronica Lim, Reporter

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Siyamthanda “Siya” Kolisi, the captain of South Africa’s Springbok rugby team who lifted the whole nation to World Cup victory. Kolisi had a tough childhood, growing up in poverty and losing his mother when he was a teenager. But he loved and believed in sport. When he was 12 his rugby skills earned him a place at a top school and a place in top rugby teams. 

He is also the first black South African to captain the Springboks. So not only was the weight of expectation on him because the Boks are a top team, but also because he carried the hopes and dreams of all South Africans. He could not have done a better job.

Susan Ramsay, Editor

I’m constantly impressed by John Oliver’s outrageous yet highly introspective take on current affairs and pretty much everything. Not only does his critically-acclaimed Last Week Tonight have a huge influence on the comedy-news landscape, it’s opened up conversations about taboo issues and has given us the chance to have a deeper conversation about serious topics in a light-hearted, but not belittling, manner – which is sorely needed in these troubled times we live in.

Doris Wai, Multimedia editor

This year I’ve been very impressed by Matt, my fiancé. He finished his training at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy in March and began working as a probationary fire station officer. 

He’s conquered numerous physical and mental challenges during his training and on the job. For instance, he used to be a bit indecisive and didn’t know how to be a leader. But now, he commands a small squad and is doing it with so much wisdom and grace.

He’s inspired me tremendously.

Joanne Ma, Reporter