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So the Olympics will be well un­der­way by the time you read this.

It’s a strange time for me be­cause as a Kiwi raised in Aus­tralia, who has now come back to New Zealand later in life, I al­ways feel torn on who to sup­port.

I have cit­i­zen­ship in both coun­tries and a par­ent born in both coun­tries - so if the Ki­wis win a medal I’m pleased, but if the Aussies do, I’m also happy.

The trou­ble is i’m al­ways be­ing told I need to pick a side, es­pe­cially by all my fel­low Kiwi col­leagues.

The trou­ble is I just can’t, and don’t think i’ll ever be able to.

I feel a sense of pride when I hear both an­thems played.

It’s been 10 years since I left Bris­bane, but hear­ing Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fair play as a sport per­son stand on the podium still makes my heart sing.

So no, I’m not go­ing to stop sup­port­ing both coun­tries.

What I will do is cheer ex­tra loud for our South Waikato Ath­letes over there in Rio.

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