Monday, 11 October 2010

Don't Worry Be Happy

In Today's online edition there is a report confirming that being happy prevents mental ilness.

On the basis of this basis of this Singaporeans must be one of the most mentally fit around.

Their sportsmen and women have excelled at the Commonweialth games in Delhi which is the cause of much jubilation.

Five gold medals (thus far) puts them ahead of sports-mad countires such as New Zealand in the medal tally.

The lesson being learnt from this is that Singapore is at last concentrating on sports where skill counts for more than physique.

Let's face it, they are never likely to challenge for the rugby sevens crown but at precision sports such as shooting they are proving to be world class.

The shooters have a haul of 3 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals.

This success even has Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports saying  that the Government will put "serious thought" into providing the shooters with better facilities, as it is a sport that Singaporeans excel in.

The current Singapore range still uses the old pulley system to haul the targets back and forth, a far cry from the electronic system in Delhi that flashes immediate results to competitors.

In any sport though there is a time to retire.  You have to feel a little sorry for the 57 Australian shooter who scored a perfect zero in a round; he had mistakenly shot five rounds into a competitors target instead of his own.

Maybe Kiwis last the distance longer than  Aussies even if we don't get as many gold medals!

One of our NZ shooters, Greg Yelavich, has now won medals in seven Commonwealth Games, his latest being a silver in the pairs event for pistol shooting.
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