These were the words (albeit slightly paraphrased) this week from local sprinter Patrick Johnson. After failing to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, he is attempting to secure a place on the team by playing the indigenous Australian card. I’m all for positive descrimination in regards to health care and education of aboriginals, but I think this is stretching it a bit too far. Kathy Freeman was a great representative at the Sydney Olympics, but she got there on her own merit – the same should apply to Patrick.
It’s time for Australia to make another apology: “Sorry Patrick, you didn’t make the cut”.