‘He was always a hero to me’
In town to show her support for the Bingham Cup which is named in honour of her son Mark Bingham, Alice Hoagland told SX she is very proud of Mark’s legacy.
Bingham was a co-founder of gay rugby team, the San Francisco Fog, and was renowned for his sporting prowess. He is also known to the wider community for his heroic actions on board United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11. Bingham and a group of other passengers banded together to stop the plane from reaching its intended target, overpowering the terrorists and crashing the airline into a field. His heroism has been recorded in movies and documentaries.
“He was always a hero to me,” smiles Hoagland. “But it’s nice to hear other people think so too. He was always a magnanimous and loving man.”
Bingham’s life story is now told in a compelling documentary The Rugby Player which will screen ahead of the Bingham Cup this week.
Above: Alice Hoagland with son Mark Bingham
Hoagland said she may have lost a son, but through the Bingham Cup she has found a very big family.
She hopes audience members watching the film will discover that love is the most important thing.
“We need to honour and love the people we are close to and realise how precious and fleeting life is.”
Queer Screen will host a screening of The Rugby Player on Monday, August 25, at 7pm, at Event Cinemas George Street, followed by a Q&A session with Alice Hoagland.
Bingham Cup Sydney is on until August 31. Go to binghamcup.com for details.
Watch the trailer for The Rugby Player below