Should athletes stay away from politics, or do you like to see sports stars with a cause?
By
Erin Byrnes

19 May 2016 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 19 May 2016 - 11:30 AM

Opals star Erin Phillips and Diamond Sharni Layton are well known for their passion on the court, but now it’s well and truly on display away from the game, with the duo acting as the faces of a new Animals Australia campaign against duck hunting.

 

The pair join cricketer Peter Siddle and AFL player David Zaharakis in getting behind the cause.

Both Phillips and Layton posted images of the campaign poster to their Instagram accounts.

The reaction on social media has been all positive for Phillips and Layton (although the same can't be said about some of the responses Zaharakis and Siddle have received on Twitter. Go figure.)

While it’s not unheard of for athletes go into politics in retirement (think Dawn Fraser, Kirstie Marshall, and most recently Nova Peris), it’s rare to see current day sports star put themselves front and centre to align with such a potentially controversial issue.

Unless you're David Pocock but then he's some kind of super human. 

Though a minority may not agree decision by Layton and Phillips to align with Animals Australia, many more will no doubt commend them for the decision.

Athletes are looked up to by thousands, and in some cases, millions of women and girls. Their opinion on an issue can add far more weight than that of a politician.

Whether or not you’re for or against duck shooting, you have to admit, it’s a bold and brave step for these athletes to wear their heart on their sleeve (and their social media).