No arms; no worries.

Am I the only person watching the Paralympics? When I look at the audience seated in the stands, I find myself wondering if any of the spectators aren’t related to the competitors. It’s a crying shame that more people aren’t supportive of these wonderful people. The Paralympians are real athletes. They run, cycle, swim etc at amazing speeds. In fact, the first four men over the line in the men’s 1500 metre race, were faster than the winner of the event in the Olympics. And each of them did it with a disability. Considering the achievements of some of these people, I don’t know why they don’t just compete in the Olympics. They’d hold their own very well: especially the rowers, archers and shooters. I wouldn’t go so...

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Heroes?

Among the plethora of things the Australian media do that annoy the heck out of me, there is one that drives me to distraction: the use of the word ‘hero’. ‘Our cricketing heroes…’ ‘Our footy heroes…’ ‘Our Olympic heroes…’ Now listen and listen carefully:- They’re athletes – some of them are even great athletes. They represent our country while playing sport. Some even manage to do it in a sportsmanlike, humble and respectful manner, unlike the several yobbos at the Olympics who chose to go out and get drunk as skunks, or the two young male tennis players who are competing to see who can throw the biggest tantrum.¬†However, they are not heroes. Heroes run into burning buildings, at the...

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