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Epic level turd polishing from Cheerleader moonlighting as a Minister

johnboy 6 August 2012 47

Over the last few weeks there’s been little more depressing than an Australian Government Minister cheerleading failure at the Olympics.

But ACT Senator and Minister for Sport Kate Lundy has been moved to put out a media release explaining why her half billion dollar elite sports program is really really good despite not winning the only thing that really counts for that kind of money; Gold Medals.

Australians can take heart in our performance in London. The Aussies ‘Silver Lining’ tells an amazing story of excellence and effort.

Lets start with medals. Despite the absence of multiple gold medals, our overall medal tally late last night was equal 7th with Germany. The gutsy heroism of our Silver and Bronze medallists are remarkable stories in their own right and I congratulate everyone.

Its fair to note an impressive proportion (update, 5) of these were silver to the Brits gold, and world records. Great Britain are having an incredibly successful home games and for that they deserve the heartiest congratulations. It is reminiscent of our Sydney experience and allows us to see our performance in perspective: we are still right up there with the best.

I’m sorry Senator, in what weird alternate universe is coming second to the Poms a great performance for Australians?

I’d be happy with gutsy silvers if the government funding was limited to airfares and expenses to the Olympics and a green and gold tracksuit.

I’d be happy to see the AIS converted to apartments.

But for the money we’re spending can we at least have better than turd polishing? Any fule kno it’s better to roll them in glitter.


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LSWCHP 8:46 pm 07 Aug 12

LSWCHP said :

Roadrage77 said :

And to those who think our local footy teams are no more deserving of funding than an Olympic archer of hammer-thrower, please take a reality-check. One has miniscule relevance every four years while the Raiders provide quality drama 26 weeks per year.

Quality comedy.

Stet. Low quality comedy.

LSWCHP 8:45 pm 07 Aug 12

Roadrage77 said :

And to those who think our local footy teams are no more deserving of funding than an Olympic archer of hammer-thrower, please take a reality-check. One has miniscule relevance every four years while the Raiders provide quality drama 26 weeks per year.

Quality comedy.

Antagonist 4:21 pm 07 Aug 12

bundah said :

So the govt provided over $37.9 million in funding for swimming over the four year period leading to the London Games from 2008-09 to 2011-12, representing a $13.6 million boost in funding from Beijing Games yet we ended up with one solitary gold.I don’t know where they channelled that money but didn’t it work a treat!

Dawn Faser’s circulation booster?

bundah 3:59 pm 07 Aug 12

johnboy said :

Stil waving the pom poms:

http://www.katelundy.com.au/2012/08/07/minister-welcomes-australian-swimming-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+KateLundy+%28Kate+Lundy%29

So the govt provided over $37.9 million in funding for swimming over the four year period leading to the London Games from 2008-09 to 2011-12, representing a $13.6 million boost in funding from Beijing Games yet we ended up with one solitary gold.I don’t know where they channelled that money but didn’t it work a treat!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:52 pm 07 Aug 12
Thumper 10:30 am 07 Aug 12

Hate to say it, but as Michael Milton pointed out, they’re all just a bunch of soft c*cks.

Review done.

bundah 9:32 am 07 Aug 12

devils_advocate said :

Pandy said :

Can we please please invest in more Michelle Jennekes?

+1000. She is a bit fantastic, isn’t she?

She’ll never be as fast as Sally but wow who gives a shite!

ma7trlb 9:20 am 07 Aug 12

if only someone would do a review and maybe provide recommendations on reform of the structure and programs of the elite sport system and an increased focus on participation and physical activity.

oh, thats right, the Crawford report of 2008 – hows the implementation of their recommendations coming along?

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.abc.net.au%2Ffiles%2Fcrawford-report—recommendations.pdf

to the naked eye it seems as if its another review conducted that the Government has cherry-picked the cheapest and easiest options from and largely ignored the pertinent points

Roadrage77 9:05 am 07 Aug 12

Could the Thorp-ego not afford to fund his own comeback with all of the money he saved while hiding from the taxman in Monaco? Perhaps it all go up his nose while he was trying to fit in with Europe’s fashion elite? Or was it the failed underwear line and Thorpedo energy drink that means I have to give a portion of my extremely modest salary to feed this fool’s delusional reality? What have you done for me lately Ian? Agreed Johnboy, turn the AIS into affordable student accommodation (preferably for tax-law undergrads)!

And to those who think our local footy teams are no more deserving of funding than an Olympic archer of hammer-thrower, please take a reality-check. One has miniscule relevance every four years while the Raiders provide quality drama 26 weeks per year.

Primal 8:34 am 07 Aug 12

I’m still trying to find one of these alleged many Australians who are seriously upset by our lack of gold medals. We all seem to be carrying on quite bravely despite this tragedy…

devils_advocate 8:30 am 07 Aug 12

Pandy said :

Can we please please invest in more Michelle Jennekes?

+1000. She is a bit fantastic, isn’t she?

Pandy 10:16 pm 06 Aug 12

Can we please please invest in more Michelle Jennekes?

Mr Evil 9:59 pm 06 Aug 12

If some of these over-indulged and spoilt tools spent less time tweeting how awesome they think they are and/or posting posed images of themselves all over ‘social media’ at the drop of a hat, and had actually spent more time training and concentrating on actually acheiving something, then maybe there’d be a few more gold medals in the Australian tally for 2012.

I mean, does anyone really give a flying truck what Stephanie Rice thinks about anything outside of swimming – especially if it involves her ‘intelligent’ views on rugby?

Also, no more bloody recycling retired athletes – it didn’t work for Curry-Kenny years ago, and it certainly hasn’t been worth it this time around either! They retired for a reason, so leave them retired. Surely there has to be some up and coming stars who deserves a chance to succeed at an international level before the Thorpes and Tricketts of the world get another taxpayer funded bite of the apple???

The funniest thing is that New Zealand spends about $2.50 on its athletes; yet time after time they manage to suprise the world at the Olympics every four years.

LSWCHP 9:38 pm 06 Aug 12

Grrrr said :

This bashing of elite sport seems pretty hypocritical, especially given some commentors passion for, say, the thugby. I don’t hear those people saying you’d prefer the ACT’s teams to get uniforms, busfare to the weekly matches and nothing else.

If you don’t like any of the olympics or the sports they host, fair enough. Don’t couch your dislike in wild claims that only the best performer in the world deserves their national sporting program, and second (or third) best should get paid nothing.

I have no passion for rugby of either variety, and I believe I’ve dumped on those mobs a number of times in the past. In my opinion the players are, in general, not setting a model that I want my sons to emulate. That ‘s just my point of view. Obviously JB and others around here feel differently, and good on them.

My only wild claim (I think) is that spending substantial amounts of our national treasure on ephemeral elite sporting activities achieves nothing in the long term except lining the pockets of a bunch of shysters who are growing fat while dangling off the olympic teat.

The expenditure of that money does nothing for the health or well being or cohesion of all the families who are out there on Saturday morning cheering for their grommets on various windswept paddocks around the nation. If the money is going to be spent at all then that is where I think it should be directed, and bugger the olympics entirely. It’s a monumental waste of time.

I’m happy for the money to be spent on sport. I just don’t think that at the moment it is well spent.

Overheard 9:16 pm 06 Aug 12

Leaving the content aside, I’m just a little (read: mildly) bemused that it’s sat there all day without a damn good flogging, I mean, sub-editing.

It’s pretty amateur stuff. I stopped counting after the 15th typo.

poetix 8:01 pm 06 Aug 12

I do like seeing so much women’s sport, even if we only see events featuring ‘plucky Aussies’.

And that is the best headline ever!

Grrrr 7:27 pm 06 Aug 12

This bashing of elite sport seems pretty hypocritical, especially given some commentors passion for, say, the thugby. I don’t hear those people saying you’d prefer the ACT’s teams to get uniforms, busfare to the weekly matches and nothing else.

Our “Ttechnically poor” performances are still better than 99.999% of athletes around the world (well, number of nines varies per sport popularity.) Seems to me that qualifies for similar funding level to the best.

If you don’t like any of the olympics or the sports they host, fair enough. Don’t couch your dislike in wild claims that only the best performer in the world deserves their national sporting program, and second (or third) best should get paid nothing.

Also, they’re turkeys because they only got a silver medal? OK! Not sure churlish ranting .. or outright trolling!

Skidd Marx 7:27 pm 06 Aug 12

It disgusts me that my tax dollar pays for the exorbitant training costs of conceited rockstar swimmers along with “elite” athletes (e.g Michael Diamond, Steve Hooker, Natalie Cook) who choose sports so irrelevant & obscure that actual talent need not be a prerequisite for winning a medal.

SnapperJack 7:18 pm 06 Aug 12

A bit like the Daily Telegraph this morning. They combined the Australian and New Zealand medal count and had us at number nine on the medal table.

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