Just when you thought I'd gone into hibernation, I'm back! It seems that unlike many cowardly animals, I'm willing to confront the July cold, and compromise my inner temperature to report the news. Yes, I know; I shouldn't go to Antarctica if I think it's cold here, but I may one day, just to prove you all wrong. Anyway, we had some fantastic results at the Oceania Athletics Championships, and it seems that our Tigers are truly globe trotters: leaving the impress of their tiger paws all over the world: this time they are in Italy. Could things possibly get more exciting? Let's find out.
That face you make when you hear the next write up has dropped. (Credit to Athletics Australia (AA) for photo).
Firstly, we had the fantastic Shemaiah James come 7th overall in Triple Jump. Shemaiah may have travelled a considerable distance via plane to get to Italy, but he demonstrated to the Italian crowd that a metal object with wings is not the only thing that can soar, when he travelled a stellar distance of 15.85m. This absolute legend with his brilliant hair has qualified for the finals, which we could not be more excited about. I suspect his form during this event will inspire the design of Boeing aircrafts going forward. Bravo Lad. Let's get you a sponsorship with Qantas.
When you make eye contact with a Qantas representative, who admires your ability to fly. (Photo credit to AA).
You've heard of the legacy of Jessie Harper. Of course you have, so it probably strikes you as no surprise that she also competed at the World University Games. This lady doesn't need to walk down a catwalk to announce her presence, or scream via a cheap megaphone that she has arrived. Jessie merely has to set foot on an athletics track to provide immediate inspiration to onlookers. Jessie launched a total of 6.31m during the long jump, dazzling the crowd, and qualifying for finals. Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, DaVinci, and Napoleon, just to name a few legends, may have had a huge impact on the world; I am in no way disputing that fact. However, these historical figures, arguably pale in comparison to the impact Jessie is going to have as a Tiger. Can't wait to see how you do in the final Jessie.
Jessie, pictured right, realising the Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations" was about her all along. Photo Credit to AA.
I think it's also important that I mention the man behind the scenes: Stacey Taurima, who has carefully coached Jessie and Shemaiah to the athletic standard they are now exhibiting. When you spot Stacey, it's easy to mistake him for a movie star, and you will feel an irresistible temptation to beg for his autograph. I wouldn't be surprised if Stacey is signed up for some blockbuster films as a side job to his coaching position while in Italy. Give the people what they want! Congrats Stacey on your wonderful contribution to athletics, and possibly the film industry. Marvel Phase 4 Films are about to start rolling out. Just something to consider as well.
Stacey waiting to audition for an Oscar worthy role. Credit to Australian Uniroos for photo.
That's it for Day 1 of the World University Games. This truly has been so exciting to watch and we all can't wait to see the Italian crowd howl in adoration at the performance of our two Tigers during the finals.