How did the 1982’ Commonwealth Games inspire you?

How did the 1982’ Commonwealth Games inspire you?

By Clare Sultmann

Remember that wink? You know, from 1982…When Matilda the boxing kangaroo came around the track at the Opening Ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane and gave the crowd including the Queen her famous wink.  When Rolf Harris (if only we knew) sang ‘Tie me Kangaroo down sport’ as the youngsters dressed as kangaroos jumped on trampolines. It was the early 80’s in Brisbane and as a 5 year old, I sat high in the stadium seats watching on with my parents. I guess what we now call the ‘nose bleed’ section is where we were.


It was the Brisbane of old. Before Expo, before the Fitzgerald Inquiry, before the emergence of Southbank, when Suncorp was Lang Park, before the riverwalk, before City Cats and when we had never heard of such a thing as the ICB. When Drive in Movies were the place to go and the Broncos were but a dream.


Gold was won that year by household names such as Raelene Boyle, Robert De Castella, Debbie Flintoff, Glynis Nunn, Neil Brooks, Tracey Wickham and a 20 year old Lisa Curry.


It was our golden era, halcyon days. Queensland at its best. And it seems like just yesterday. But tonight, some 36 years on, Queensland, will once again host the Commonwealth Games. The Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast is most likely going to be a spectacle which we will remember for a long time to come. Brilliant and inspiring. I have children now who are the same age I was in 82’ and unfortunately we aren’t going to the games. It is something which I regret. When making my decision at the time, I thought of traffic, crowds, ticket prices, and accommodation hassles. What I didn’t think of was the memories that would be made. The experiences that would come but once in a lifetime and the pride that would come with sitting in the stand as a proud young Aussie, hosting some of the world's best. TV just won’t seem to cut it. 

How did the 1982’ Commonwealth Games inspire you?

Clare Sultmann

Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly.
As a survivor of a catastrophic accident, former barrister at law, published author, and nationally accredited mediator Clare has returned to work in a different capacity. Relocating to Noosa shortly after the birth of her first child, Clare found it difficult to make meaningful and real connections with other like-minded women away from her own network of friends. With this in mind, Clare’s idea was born. Dear Molly aims to provide connections for like-minded women in a real, meaningful and positive manner. It a platform to share, communicate and inspire other women about their ‘real’ life. 


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Comments (1):

The Athletes all seemed so pure and innocent - or maybe that is just how we as children perceived them to be?? so inspiring to the children of the times!

McNutts - April 4, 2018