The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Advertising Feature - WORDS:

Less than per­fect con­di­tions for Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions on the Cairns Es­planade did not dampen the true blue Aussie spirit of the crowd.

“What’s not to love about Aus­tralia Day, where else would you get a free burger over­look­ing a La­goon,” said par­tic­i­pant Emelie Hobbs.

The aroma of a siz­zling snags on the bar­bie lin­gered while en­thu­si­as­tic sports fans en­joyed the theme of the day. Cairns lo­cals, vis­i­tors and their mates en­joyed games of soccer, AFL, rugby and cricket in the rain. One bare foot par­tic­i­pant had lost a plug­ger in the soggy ground, a first-world prob­lem when you com­pare that with the week Harry Me­htta had en­dured.

“I have had a bit of a rough week. Some­one stole my car, phone and wal­let,” Harry said.

“I have only met these guys to­day (at the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions) and they of­fered to take me fish­ing and keep me com­pany be­fore I fly back to Syd­ney.”

The high­light of my day though was bump­ing in to Cairns lo­cal Rhys Payne, Aus­tralia’s first body build­ing cir­cuit en­trant with Down syn­drome. Sport­ing a six pack, Rhys ex­pressed his love for Aus­tralian sport, par­tic­u­larly cricket and AFL. His beam­ing face said it all: “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi, oi, oi!”

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