Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Taking a Tumble in Full Public View

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Taking a Tumble in Full Public View

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Byline: OVER THE FENCE FAY FARDON

I CAN only remember, in

almost 80 years, falling three times - all of them in public. The first was when I was 16, competing in a Lismore High School athletics carnival.

Always determined to achieve maximum performance, I virtually threw myself at the tape across the finishing line to win the 440 yard race on the cinder circuit of Oakes Oval, Lismore. I allowed the ambulance officer to inspect and apply iodine to abrasions on my knees and arms, but there was no way I was going to let a man take a gander at the one on my virgin hip!

Last year, taking part in the Kyogle Information Centre familiarisation tour to the Border Ranges, I foolishly ignored the fact that if I walked a kilometre down the scenic trail, I would have to do the return hike uphill. Feeling more than slightly exhausted, I slipped on a leaf-strewn step and hit the dirt with my forehead. Much older this time, I was not too embarrassed to allow our gallant boss to assist me the rest of the way. …

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