Sunday, October 7, 2012

Socialising after the games

Dear readers

I am glad it is all over. It has been tiring and I am looking forward to going home and back to routine.

However, there was some time to socialise as the Victorian team are still in town. We decided to meet at Golden beach.

When we got there, the Victorians were already there enjoying the beach.

There was a surfcat hire which I decided to hire for the kids.

I became the captain for the surfcat ferry.

Kim took over and brought the girls and the Victorian umpire and manager for a ride too. What great sports.

It was decided that the 2 teams will have dinner together at the RSL. We met up at 7 pm and had a good meal.

The Victorian and WA team and officials enjoying each other's company at the RSL Club

It was great to be able to sit down and talk to the officials like Catherine and David who have been umpiring for years. I was speaking to Kanny to find out how she is able to sit through all her daughter's matches. She told me it has taken her years. She also told me that her husband had the same problem as myself. Too much emotional involvement with the children's game.

 At the end of the night I managed to film Catherine dancing and enjoying herself. What great sports.

The kids are deciding which amusement park they want to go to tomorrow. Olivia wants to go on all the crazy rights as she is an adrenaline junkie. However Alex wants Waterworld as she gets sick on such rides.

They are kids after all. It will have to be a democratic process.

They have decided to go to Movie World as Alex has been persuaded to go by all the others.

At the end of the night, the players made a thank you video for their coach.

That will be in the next blog.

I did send this email to all my readers yesterday and the sentiments still remain:

Dear friends

What heartaches and what aspirations to be felt. This has been an emotionally draining day for me.

I am considering retiring from being a badminton parent at competitions watching my sons.

Maybe one day, my sons will be able to reread this blog when I am gone from this world. They will know how much I love and treasure them.

My sons will know how proud I am of them in everything they do.

Yours faithfully

Raymond Tan, Inner Temple UK
Lawyer and Public Notary
MARN 0321975

Comments from readers


Well done national winners!!!!!! To all of the players you have had success...


Kay n Judy

Keep it up Bro.
These are what memories are made of in time 
to come. I feel for you .
Someday the kids will have their own kids
and they will fully understand what it feels to be a
Andrew Chai
Victor Sports International
Mobile: 0417980584

Hi Team,

I am checking results-- 3pm Perth time Saturday.

Congratulations to everyone.   When you have lost you have gone down fighting.
I see that Tyzton is still in the XD and BD-- excellent effort
Xiang is still in BD-- great!

I can imagine that you are all (players, Coach, Manager, Umpire-- Tonya and Jazton)   feeling tired but it has been a very successful trip and you must all be proud of what you have achieved.

I fly to Bali in a couple of hours-- but will check Google and see what happens later today-- and tomorrow. -- fingers crossed...

Thank you to Raymond for keeping the blog going and making us feel we are part of the excitement.
I look forward to meeting up with you all and hearing all about it.


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