Weekly Photo Competition: Achievement

© Colin Mathers 2010

courtesy Colin Mathers 2010

(7 photos) My brother’s achievements are many both in his working career and in his sporting pursuits. The pinnacle achievement was for him reaching the summit of Mont Blanc (4808 m) in 2010. Another, more recent, climb can be seen here. I was never going to be there to witness this or any of the other summits he has reached. I was however present when he achieved a silver medal in the Billy Cart Grand Prix.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

He had arrived from Switzerland with his family a couple of days earlier and thinking it might keep the children amused we travelled to the small town of Cooroy where the race was taking place. Despite calls for children to make up spaces unable to be filled in the age races my brother’s children were adamant they were not joining in. Not so my brother and his wife when a similar call went out for a couple of seniors to complete a team. They volunteered with his wife as the smallest and lightest in the cart and my brother and another man pushing.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

The circuit was gruelling with the contestants having to complete three laps. The first leg was uphill and by the third lap the strain was beginning to show. The distance between carts spreading.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

More terrifying was the other side of the circuit. Once up the hill and round the straight it was a downhill ride with the only difficulty being a corner needing negotiation at the bottom. The cart gathered speed. The pushers tried to act as brakes but only as much as necessary as this momentum would help with their ascent up the hill. First time down my sister-in-law described her fear. I knew I had been right not to volunteer.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

The crowd cheered.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Crossing the finish line second was an achievement to be proud of as they stood on the truck receiving their well-earned medals.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

In response to Weekly photo challenge

 

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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20 Responses to Weekly Photo Competition: Achievement

  1. Hi Irene: I’ve lost your email – can you send it to me? This looks like a lot of fun – good on your brother for taking on the challenge!

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  2. TanGental says:

    I love this sort of madness; it gets me every time I see something like this, the urge to defy the years almost always regretted

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  3. M-R says:

    It was supposed to be YOU, you know, you wicked woman ! – but one’s beloved family is the very next best thing !! 😀

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  4. bkpyett says:

    Such a thrill! The photos capture the excitement.

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  5. Sherri says:

    Oh I love events like this and I love how proud you are of your brother. I wish you were my sister 🙂

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  6. Great post. It is fun to take part in such things. It brings out the child in us again, and that is not a bad thing. 😀

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