Tim Don to represent UK at Olympics

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10/05/2004 at 17:36
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
10/05/2004 at 18:29
So does this mean we'll actually be represented by a home-grown triathlete?
10/05/2004 at 22:05
Tim used to work for me years ago. He is one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet. Dead chuffed for him!
AndrewSmith    pirate
10/05/2004 at 22:55
Its about time we had someone from england representing england.
11/05/2004 at 09:32
Yes its good to see Tim there as he aint an
Australian looking for an easier?? path to the Olympics.

Come on jodie!

Anyone know if she is going to make the next qualifier?
11/05/2004 at 09:44
Tim Don trod on my toe once.

He was very nice about it.
11/05/2004 at 09:49
He probably could'nt see you as his hair got into his eyes!
AndrewSmith    pirate
11/05/2004 at 18:25
It couldn't have hurt anyway theres nothing of him (not jealous)
11/05/2004 at 19:08
Andrew
whilst he may be from england- doesnt he live in africa now?

so we are only half way there!
AndrewSmith    pirate
11/05/2004 at 20:35
To be quite honest I find the whole thing about nationality ridiculus. Pitting nation against nation to see who is best is a bit rascist. Its saying we are better than you or they are better than them. It shouldn't matter who you are or where you come from. The olympics and other events should be about individuals not the countries they come from or adopt. As much as I dislike football, I think they have the right idea with teams having players from all over the world playing together. That is the sort of thing we should be striving for in all sports. It can only lead to more intergration and friendship.
M.
11/05/2004 at 21:14
absolutely

because club v club football leads to much needed integration and friendship

and clearly there is nothing good at all about a country coming together to support its elite athletes when they are competing against the rest of the world....

i think pitting nation v nation is brilliant and brings out the best in individuals as they strive not for personal glory but for their country. does that make me racist? i doubt it.
M.
AndrewSmith    pirate
11/05/2004 at 21:48
Sorry, I know that they fill up with tears when the national anthem plays but they are
out there for personal glory first.And profit.
M.
11/05/2004 at 22:28
personal glory and potential future profit too perhaps? but IMO the vast majority will see representing their country as the highlight of an athletics career.

and even if personal goals were the most important thing i don't see how that makes it racist? or how that makes club football an ideal to be reached towards?

the olympics don't say one country is better than another - its healthy competition between nations.
M.
AndrewSmith    pirate
11/05/2004 at 22:43
I am not saying club football is an ideal to be aimed for. I am saying its good that people from different races compete together against people from different races. I didn't say that the personal goals make it racist. It is the personal goals that make it non racist. Its the competing for your nation to show your nation is better than another nation part I have a problem with. If it was war we would say its wrong but because its sport its 'healthy competition'. Conflict is conflict whether on the battlefield or sportsfield. And conflict only breeds or encourages problems
M.
11/05/2004 at 23:05
or competition encourages excellence

just an alternative view
M.
11/05/2004 at 23:31
conflict?!?!?

Racing is not conflict!

AndrewSmith    pirate
11/05/2004 at 23:35
What is it then?
12/05/2004 at 06:49
Why do people always confuse nationalism with racism?
12/05/2004 at 08:11
and is he the chap whose Dad was the soccor ref?
12/05/2004 at 09:11
gutted for Richard Standard as it looks like he has missed out on a place by coming 4th British man...

(ignoring club v country debate above as I got confused as to its releavnce to Tim Don getting to Athens...)
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