Allan Takes Aim Blog

Thought for the day

Posted on: 30 July 2012

Australia’s first Gold Medal

Congratulations to the women in Australia’s winning 4 x100 metres relay swimming team on winning a gold medal and to those the other Australians who won medals. Congratulations also to medal winners from all nations, all Australian competitors and all competitors from all nations.

No doubt bucket loads of tears will be shed today by all losing competitors but let me say to them, be consoled by the fact that you’re in good company as there are more losers than there are winners in the medal stakes. Indeed that you competed makes you a winner.

Always bear in mind that in losing you have nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t forget, life is a race in which you could win something better than a medal. You might not know what it is but I’m sure you’ll recognise it when it comes.

In congratulating competitors I am also congratulating their families and coaches without whom they would not have reached the Olympic heights. And while sponsors and officials should be remembered so too, should people whose support for competitors was not based in jingoism but because they genuinely wanted to encourage talent.

It is unfortunate that many Australian media commentators who exaggerate the talent of Australian competitors can be seen in that jingoistic light. The fact is that in doing so they do neither competitors nor themselves any benefit; in fact they may achieve the converse and in doing so create an unpleasant opinion of Australia in the minds of many people.


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