Today I was stationed at the Excel Stadium. This is a 30 minute bus trip from the Athletes village. Not so fun to see the room set up – it is definitely an “outpost workshop”. At least I was able to show my “Aussie pride”. I have finally managed to chase down a pair of Aussie green and gold shoes. Why shoes, as they are the only piece of clothing that is not part of my Otto Bock gear. I thought it could be a good way to show my patriotism!
It also meant that I had to eat in the workforce area today, this was a rude shock! It’s amazing the different treatment the athletes get. Talking to Kelly yesterday she is feeling a bit “ institutionalized” and may find it difficult going back to the real world, where everything is NOT provided to you on a platter!
Once the shift here was finished, again with only 2 whole jobs to do, it was a mad rush back to the main workshop. This time to meet with the guys from the ABC team, Lawrence Mooney and Producer Peter Lawler, rather than to do any repairs. Lovely blokes and hopefully able to get some good footage in the workshop.
Stay tuned to see how it comes out – watch out for it on the ABC2 nightly coverage. (Disappointed if you are not watching already!). Unfortunately I am missing the coverage and only hope that someone is recording it for me to watch when I get back (hint, hint.)
After the interview I stayed back at the main workshop to help out with a few more repairs before having dinner with the athletes in the dinning hall. Not only was it the big boss of Otto Bock, Professor Hans George Nader’s birthday today, the girls wheelchair basketball team were throwing a party (basketball cake and all) for one of the legends of the team Shelly Chaplin. Happy Birthday Shelly and go get girls. PHOTO
Congratulations to Carlee Beatie who qualified for the final of the 100m in a season best time of 13.16. Perfect time to be running your fastest time of the year in a very fast category (the world record was broken in the heats).
Good Luck Michelle and Kelly – I hope you get some rest tonight ready for the big 100 final tomorrow night – lets go for two on the podium! I just hope I can wangle my way into the Stadium.