Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Aussie Girls

I'm still buzzing after Sally McLellan's stunning silver medal in the 100m hurdles at Beijing.

She was so excited last night when she made the final and tonight she almost launched into the stratosphere when her name came up for silver after the photo finish. The leader and favourite, Lolo Jones of the USA hit the 9th hurdle and stumbled out of the lead and McLellan ran for her life and just got 2nd. It was fantastic and her post race reactions and interview were joyous, total shock and unrestrained celebration rolled into one.

Earlier Anna Meares took silver in the sprint cycling. Her recovery from shocking injuries just 7 months ago to reaching the sprint final is amazing and courageous. She was the only Aussie to win a cycling medal.

In fact it has been the Aussie girls bringing all the glory at these Olympic Games, in the pool especially. The rowers and sailors at least had a few men winning gold but it's been the girls games so far.

Having said that sadly the Hockeyroos and the Stingers (water polo) teams were both eliminated today. The Kookaburras are still going well and face Spain in the semi finals.

Other notable performances today ere the German outsider winning the men's triathlon, the Russian girl breaking the pole vault world record and Britain's complete domination of the cycling.

In news other than the Olympics, I went to a Waste Wise meeting in Margaret River this afternoon to find out a bit more about ways to decrease littering and waste in schools. There were lots of good ideas, I just don't know how many of them are practical for me to take on in my role. It needs a whole school approach to bring about real change. Most of the schools involved in Waste Wise are primary schools where it is perhaps easier to motivate kids to get involved?

I spent the evening finishing a painting I've been working on for a couple of weeks. It's taken a fair while because of its size and detail so I'm glad to have completed it. Mrs Holt Press started work early this morning at the resort so she went to bed early tonight. The Heir was home for a while, a rarity lately as he's been working very long hours and staying at the resort.

1 comment:

Benn said...

'There are so many random Aussies here, its so cool!'

What a bloody champ. So good to see somebody giving an honest interveiw!!

She was a crack up! :)