Saturday, March 11, 2006
OFF TO THE GAMES
Forgive me if I do a little bragging, but that is our son Peter on the stamp, due for release on Monday(the stamp, that is, not Peter).
This morning we farewelled him and his team mates at the airport when they set off for Melbourne, where they are going to compete in the Squash in the Commonwealth Games.
Peter was feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement, but this is the culmination of months of pretty rigorous and disciplined training. We admire him for the way he has fitted it in while working full-time and attending his pigs and vegetables.
The training actually got off to a rather shaky start. Not only did they lose their professional coach at short notice, but Peter came down with chicken pox, which really knocked him around. However, they have all come through and are in top condition.
Regardless of their actual success, they are going to have a wonderful experience there at the Games, mixing with athletes from so many nations.
Norfolk Island has also sent teams in the Lawn Bowls and Shooting.
It is possible that this will be the last Games that Norfolk Island can compete in. Australia is proposing to take away the island's self-governing status, which means we may no longer meet the criteria for competing as a country in our own right. We desperately hope that does not happen. We feel so proud seeing our sportsmen and women representing us in their green and white!