Games a good rea­son to tune in

The Western Star - - NEWS OPINION - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

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.

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