Saturday, 20 September 2008

• Blue Jay Way

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, September 20, 2008 with 3 comments
The cost of the medals.

Good performances at high profile games like the Olympics can inspire people to take up sport. That's good. But you might have gathered by now, I am not a fan of huge investments in a few elite if it is at the expense of recreational and sporting facilities for the rest. Let's give priority to making facilities and coaching expertise available to all. Australia is pretty good in this area; but there is still a long way to go if we are to get Norm out of his armchair.

I was feeling a bit blue when I heard that a good running friend of mine from my teen years in Adelaide died recently. David Fitzsimons, "Fitzi", went on to set records and represent Australia in the 5000m.

"Fitzsimons, who dominated Australian distance running in the late 1970s, died from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, aged 58. Recognised as one of the best athletes South Australia has ever produced, Fitzsimons represented Australia at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics and the 1974 and 1978 Commonwealth Games..... " - see,22606,24324457-12428,00.html

and a tribute at

Well, better go for a run. Now.

And then there's a wedding to go to today. That will be a laugh a minute. I will certainly need my sense of humour. I will set the tape to record Hawthorn flogging whoever-they-are-playing. Then tomorrow I will run it all off at 9am at Stromlo with Christopher and the Masters Sunday morning group.


  1. That's sad about David Fitzsimons.

    Yes, more money needed at the base of the pyramid. Encourage kids to take up sport and eventually there will be more elite athletes at the top.

  2. Sorry to hear about your mate, Speedy Geoff. That is too young for even an armchair athlete.

    Did I tell you I liked what you had to say about "Fitness through Fellowship." The younger runners know just by looking at the times of the older more established runners that respect is due, but when the older guys act stuck up and/or standoffish it puts them off.

    I've always appreciated the way Pat Carroll has treated me. Although he is not a "veteran," per se, he could of treated me in the traditional teacher-student way, but he has been nothing but friendly and asks for my input on subjects I know he knows more about. That is treatment on an equal basis and it always encourages me to do my best.

  3. That's got to be a great quote for the day...
    "We don't need plumbers, we need female hurdlers and women who can wiggle ribbons..."