It is that time of year again we were all waiting for.
The Galah birdy-limpics are taking place once more and I will be reporting live from Evans Head, a crowd’s favourite. The open-air stadium is in immaculate condition.
Volunteers are doing their best for last-minute preparations.
Ideal weather conditions are forecasted, this should be a memorable event. There is a hint of excitement in the air, I can feel it.
Spectators from near and far are rushing in for the best seats to the open house.
Dodgy scalpers are trying to make a quick buck with remaining tickets. One tries to negotiate but there is no expression behind that yellow mask.
Sweet talking may work?
Maybe not! Awkward silence!
Other newcomers pick up a last-minute takeaway meal.
Athletes parade throughout the Colosseum, a proud moment for any birdlympian.
Everyone is ecstatic for the main event;
The Pine-toss was only added in recent years due to growing popularity.
This uplifting event is judged by distance and seed crackle. Jurors also note the size and weight of the cone.
This is where it gets exciting.
There is a whole lotta tossing going on already, which sends the spectating crowd into a frenzy.
A feeding frenzy.
Some are not quite impressed with their results.
Competitive athletes have been warming up on the soft pitch for a while.
One needs to inspect the distance clearly. This could mean the difference between winning and losing.
Coaching staff ensures very last minute procedures.
But hang on! What’s going on here?
Some colourful hooligans invade the training pitch.
This is lousy behaviour. There’s always a few clowns, isn’t there?
Security quickly escorted them to the high grass. They assumably bought their tickets off the scalpers earlier.
A pine cone vendor sells his last wood cone.
They are tasty.
This is an exceptionally competitive field of athletes. One of them has legendary status in the heavy-weight section already.
Gary the Great from the eastern province is one of the hefty favourites to lift the cone-trophy for this year. He has been in impressive form of late, there is no doubt about that. Will he hold his nerves for this gala spectacle?
The referees calls for the contest to begin. This is the moment we all waited for. All eyes are on Gary.
He looks prepared as he enters the main stage.
There is a confident posture around him.
Neck-roll stretching seems to hide the secret to his success.
His muscly feathers sure are intimidating.
One quick look for the paparazzi, and?
His neckroll technique is flawless.
What a toss! This could be noted in the book of records.
The jury hurries in to inspect the length thrown of the tossed object.
As well as how many seeds were cracked by the impact. This could be an outstanding scoreline.
The video referee raises a red flag, we all know what that means. It is a winner.
The crowd is ecstatic.
His Fanclub is an oar.
All his hard training and discipline paid off, he is pumped.
No wonder he looks happy.
His parents never gave up faith. They always encouraged him to follow his dreams.
This is a spectacular result for the Great Family, which will be celebrating until early morning hours.
Gary the Great walks off with his trophy like a true winner.
What a champion! Congratulations.
What an exhilarating tournament this turned out to be. Join me next week, when we’ll be going live to Woolgoolga for the next chapter of these birdy-lympics.