Games a good reason to tune in
WAITING for an appointment can sometimes be tedious, but on Wednesday, while sitting in a waiting room, I was happy to see the TV was tuned to the Commonwealth Games.
And I was in luck, the diving was on.
Two ladies sitting next to me casually remarked how, although they were not big fans of TV, they couldn’t help but tune into the Games each evening.
I, like many, know the appeal. Usually when I return home from work, my TV set is the furthest thing from my mind. However lately, the minute I get home I am tuning into the latest success at the Commonwealth Games.
It’s great the Games are held on our own patch this year, we get to witness the moments, the challenges and the wins live, with no time difference interfering.
And our athletes are putting on a show. Currently Australia is sitting at the top of the medal tally with 145 medals (57 gold, 43 silver and 45 bronze), which is light-years ahead of second placed England with 76 medals.
The medals are a great achievement, but some of the best moments are the personal stories.
On Monday night, three Australian runners waited on the track for Lesotho’s Linea Chaka, who was two laps behind the rest of the 10,000m field, to finish her race, after everyone had left.
My favourite part? The many different reactions of the medallists when they realise all of their sacrifice, training and hard work has paid off.