It’s nearly that time again, when everyone dusts off their finest patriotism in order to watch our finest athletes compete at the Olympic Games – and Bendigo will be cheering on some of our very best.
Glenn Warfe, Glenn O’Shea, Hannah Every-Hall and basketballers Kristi Harrower and Matthew Dellavedova have all been selected to the Australian Olympic team, and with the exception of Maryborough’s Dellavedova, are all
Bendigo born and bred. We can lay claims to the 21-year-old basketballer though, who shone in his final season at college with St Mary’s in California.
He will play backup point guard to NBA player Patty Mills in the Boomers’ first game against Brazil, tipping off on July 29.
Every-Hall is off to her first Olympics, a reality that never seemed possible for the 34-year-old rowing champion who was diagnosed with an ovary disorder in 2003.
After returning to competition in 2009, this is a massive achievement for the now-Canberra resident, who will be competing in the lightweight double sculls, also starting on July 29.
Warfe is going to his second games, having also competed in 2008 when he finished ninth in the badminton doubles.
He is in the same event this year, and hoping to medal in the competition starting on the first day of the games, July 28.
O’Shea takes good form to the Olympics, having won gold in the omnium at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne earlier this year.
The omnium is cycling’s version of the decathalon, consisting of six different events over two days starting August 4, while the team pursuit that the 23 year-old also competes in kicks off August 2.
Harrower is the best gold medal hope of them all, her first three Olympic campaigns have seen her bring home silver medals with the Australian Opals.
This year she will hope to go one better knowing it is her last games, which begin with a match against Great Britain on July 28.
We wish all the Bendigo athletes the best of luck, and even though we’ve had no shortage of gold here over the years, we can handle a little more.