5 minutes of Fame
A few brave little people and some crazy adults braved the weather on Sunday 13th August to take part in the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton relay. The weather actually seemed quite calm, if a little cold, at the time the baton was due to be passed onto the Falklands Xtreme Sports team, however, like anything nothing runs smoothly. With the baton being held up by everyone involved stopping to get a photo opportunity with the baton, and rightly so, as this is a magnificent opportunity to be part of history and to store a memory or two.
The baton was finally spotted making its way up the front road and onto the Shearing team just outside Government House who would then pass it onto us. The weather by now had closed in, clouds had burst and the rain was upon us, Xtreme Sports wouldn't be extreme without some wind, rain and cold to add into the mix :)
Our little members lined up on the pavement and greeted the baton entourage of fire and police with horns sounding and lights blazing and an FIDF Wimic holding the lead camera crew. The baton was handed over where there was an opportunity for a quick photo shoot and then with a loud "FALKLANDS XTREME" scream the little ones shot off like race horses and quickly took over the lead Police car and FIDF Wimic! We put this down to the cold and bags of excitement :) A quick reorg and another photo taken and then off again, with this second attempt working much better.
The planned walk went out the window as the team set off into a jog, smiling, waving and yelling loudly. It was a proud moment and we were all reveling in it. The baton was then handed over to the bicycle club and after their photos with the baton it was ridden off into the distance and that was that, our 5 minutes of fame was ended. A short but proud moment for every member attending. A quick turn around and dash back to the cars to get warm and off home for a much needed hot brew!
Thanks for all those coming along to represent the club, to FIOGA for the invite and to Clay March for the photographs of which you see adorn this blog.
One thing I learnt during this little adventure was that an opportunity to network always seems to pop up. During the wait for the baton, discussions were held with another sporting club in relation to joining forces to assist one another and to raise each other's profile. This is a great opportunity to assist a fellow sports club who just as us are always looking for much needed funds to support teams in international competitions. So watch this space and sorry that nothing else can be provided at this point but it is felt to keep it behind closed doors and when the time arrives we will of course let you all know :)
6 days and the coaches will have arrived so no time to rest the feet after today. A DHL order to be picked up tomorrow as its hoped the first of the Junior goal kits have arrived and then of course contact to be made with parents to let them know when their little ones will be training. Not only that but its also the matter of selecting the junior ball hockey teams for the up and coming season. So please keep an eye out on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
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