While our Olympians were doing us proud over in Rio, we staged our own Olympics here at Casey. Rachel was the head of the Casey Olympic committee and she put on a great show with the help of Marto and the rest of the crew. Special mention to Jimmy for producing the medals.
The athletes were divided into teams of four to five and were named after the huts around the Casey region, which include Jack’s, Robbo’s, Browning, Wilkes and Kenny. While there were no world records set, there were many memorable performances, here are just a few.
There was Jeff ‘Happy Gilmore’, the sailor turned ice hockey player who displayed incredible calmness under pressure, and the touch of a fine artisan to win a silver medal in the ice hockey goal shooting competition. However, for all Jeff’s heroics it still wasn’t enough to beat the red hot favourite for all events (except for the beard growing competition) in Dainn.
Another memorable moment was provided by Rachel, who proved she can not only talk underwater but also hold her breath for an extraordinary length of time, claiming gold in the ‘holding your breath underwater’ competition. Kiwi Edwards once again proved he is still the fittest man on station by challenging Rachel all of the way and taking the silver medal.
One of the major highlights of the day was the sudden death playoff to decide the gold medal winner in the ping pong ball, shot put competition where you had to get the ping pong balls into a bucket. It saw Jimmy ‘Stair cutter and invisible fire starter’ come up against the might of Danny ‘Hammer time’.
Jimmy set the bar high getting an unbelievable score of two. Danny wouldn’t be denied and stepped up showing nerves of steel to steal victory from the jaws of defeat with a score of three, and claimed his first gold medal. It’s likely not his last in this event, with a long and illustrious career awaiting him.
Mini Golf was the last event and it wasn’t without controversy with the course designer, who had been testing the course all morning taking the win on the first hole. Cam ‘Barista’ brought things home on the second hole to provide the Wilkes team with their first gold medal of the games. Team Robbo’s battled hard and fought valiantly to claim the wooden spoon.