THIEV­ING KAN­GA­ROOS

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

Q

What were your first me­mories of Aus­tralia? Any funny sto­ries about when you first ar­rived?

A

My first me­mories are from April 2000 when we ar­rived in Syd­ney for the World Cup (a test event for the Olympics). And of course, driv­ing on the left side of the road was a cul­ture shock, so you need to ro­tate your head 360 de­grees be­cause you don’t re­mem­ber from which side to ex­pect a car. The ac­cent is a bit dif­fer­ent. It ac­tu­ally took me 10 years to un­der­stand it com­pletely. The best me­mories from that trip are our visit of Taronga Zoo and a kan­ga­roo’s at­tempt to steal my cam­era. I wouldn’t al­low it and it tried to kick me. Then my team­mate and I walked and walked till late and sud­denly found that there were no peo­ple around, we were alone. So, it was a mixed feel­ings of be­ing able to wan­der freely at the zoo and fear of be­ing trapped there till next day. But then we found a spe­cial one-way gate and man­aged to catch last ferry.

Q

How were the 2000 Olympics and did they con­vince you to even­tu­ally move to Aus­tralia?

A

Ev­ery­thing was great – the vil­lage, venue, food, fire­works and a ma­jor Aus­tralian as­set, the friendly peo­ple – but back in 2000 I didn’t even dream about mov­ing to Aus­tralia as it seemed too far away.

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