Let me tell you quickly about an inspiring lad (I am allowed to call him a lad because he is 14 years younger than me – gulp!) called Peter Bol. He is a refugee, an Australian Olympian, and just the sort of guy that keen amateur runners like myself pretend are actually super-human – because that makes us feel better about being absolutely smashed and humiliated, even before they’ve warmed up or tied up their laces.
I’m proud to be supporting him over the next period of time with his website content.
All over Australia and the world, coronavirus is ruining plans, shattering dreams – and worse. But spare a thought or two at least for inspiring Olympians like Peter, who have been told that the global pandemic has forced the postponement of Tokyo 2020.
And there’s hardly an Olympian with a more inspirational story than Peter.
Born in Sudan, and spending four years at an Egyptian refugee camp after his family fled the civil war, Bol’s family finally stepped off a plane in Toowoomba at the age of 8. “It was just a feeling – pretty much the same feeling if you just made it to the Olympics,” he recalls.
“We came to Australia for the obvious reason – Australia is one of the best countries in the world. I’ve been around a few countries and Australia is the best country to be in so my family definitely made the right choice.”
They sure did. In 2016, he wore our national colours – his national colours – for the immensely difficult and competitive 800 metres at the Rio Olympics. And in 2021, this talented middle-distance Olympian will reach for the stars yet again at the rescheduled Tokyo games.
But not yet. Just like the rest of us, he’s currently staying home in order to stay safe and keep his fellow Aussies safe. In the meantime, he’s going to keep his fans satiated with some cool, compelling content from Peter’s own mouth, pen, keyboard and mind – it will be a fascinating insight into his journey, his achievements, and his highest of high dreams.
I couldn’t be prouder to support him. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…