I don't know much about Tri....

....but do all "our" athletes have Aus accents?

13 messages
03/05/2004 at 00:31
Just watching the Tri coverage on Ch5.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
03/05/2004 at 01:32
Saw it to, I agree Dodge, they seemed a bit suspect...

AndrewSmith    pirate
03/05/2004 at 08:35
Its a typical Zola Budd situation. Our 'top' people are not ours. Even Simon Lessing is a south african who I think lives in france now. There is an influx of people who can't get in their own teams because of stiff competition so they go to other countries and push out the indiginous athletes.
03/05/2004 at 09:02
I suppose it makes for good competition but it makes a mockery of the idea of nation competing against nation. Apart from being motivated by the enhanced sponsorship prospects of being an "international" athlete who can compete for gold medals they're hardly likely to be motivated by competing for the UK. It cold easily be any other flag of convenience.
03/05/2004 at 09:06
where do you get these flags of convenience?
03/05/2004 at 09:11
Asda do them in packs of 3.
03/05/2004 at 09:12
i usually wear a 'cross of st george' cycling jersey, and in overseas races i have a big cross of st george flag for crossing the line with, but these flags of convenience sound much more stylish than boring old red and white
03/05/2004 at 09:13
thanks higs... if george davis invented them they are sure to be stylish AND frugal, which sounds ideal
03/05/2004 at 09:24
I understand you can carry several at one time in case you find yourself (a) competing for athletics funding (b) applying for refugee status or (c) transporting crude oil around our rocky coastline in a vessel where the crew and officers speak no common language.

Note also that the Welsh and Scots are legitimately entitled to adopt the nationality of any team in competition with England, regardless of any dodgy human rights record or which side they fought on in WWs 1&2.
03/05/2004 at 09:26
good - as long as we don't get the whining ginger gits on our side, that's all that matters
03/05/2004 at 09:27
hopefully that includes people from the isle of wight too... their eyes are way too close together to br trusted
04/05/2004 at 13:49
04/05/2004 at 13:58
[stretches up to reach barbecue on tiptoe, balancing another prawn on li'l paw]

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