Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cheerleading Outfits Do the Trick for Australia

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cheerleading Outfits Do the Trick for Australia

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Byline: WORDS: Emily Blatchford

MY SISTER wants to know which foot I am putting my green sock on.

This is because I am wearing one yellow one and one green Co and so is she. It's no mistake. It's part of our Olympic cheerleading costume.

Heaven forbid I should wear my green sock on my right foot and she on her left. We have to be identical, right down to our green and gold pom poms. She's a little OCD.

Kate and I arrived in London on July 28, the day of the opening ceremony. The excitement was palpable.

When Sydney held the Games in 2000, I was only 14 but I still remember the buzz of the city Co the nation, in fact. The same was true of London. People were friendlier, birds chirpier Co even the buses appeared redder.

Just like Oz did 12 years ago, the Brits amped up their British-ness in honour of the hordes of tourists and athletes flocking to the country.

Union Jacks lined streets, pub signs shouted of Pimms and roasts and every posh cafe claimed its high tea as the best.

It would have been a special holiday for anyone but Kate and I had a secret weapon which made our trip even more extraordinary. We knew someone who was competing. He is Dan Noonan and he is my sister's boyfriend. Hence the cheerleading outfits.

The first week of the Games we spent at Windsor, so as to be close to the rowing course at Eton Dorney.

Windsor is a lovely town which spreads out and around from its magnificent centrepiece Co Windsor Castle. This is where the Queen spends her weekends and who can blame her? It's enormous and absolutely beautiful. Another fun fact is that the castle's cathedral houses the remains of the infamous King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour.

However, there wasn't much time for touring as my sister had bought tickets to each and every day of the rowing. And yes, this meant each and every day we had to get decked out in our green and gold. …

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