Mayor Jamieson - Never, never, never give in
  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

“Never, never, never give in!”

I love that quote by Winston Churchill – there’s a lot to be said for perseverance.

The most recent example that springs to mind is the Sunshine Coast’s rugby league team the Falcons. Until recently the team had lost 36 games straight - that’s about 3000 minutes or 50 hours without a win.

But the club, the coaching staff, the players and importantly the fans never gave up – and recently the reward came when the Sunshine Coast defeated Redcliffe 26-24.

The timing was perfect – coinciding with the launch of the newly branded Sunshine Coast Stadium – hopefully it will remain a lucky charm for other teams as well.

I’m told it had been so long between wins that the lyrics of the team’s song had to be passed around on pieces of paper before they could belt out the tune.

Just days later there was another victory when the Melbourne Storm announced it will partner with the Falcons.

The three year deal will provide locals with a pathway to the NRL and also bolster the playing roster of our club as it tries to get off the bottom of the ladder.

Storm players who don’t make the first grade squad each week could now fly into the Sunshine Coast and play for the Falcons.

Players such as Billy Slater and Greg Inglis have risen through these types of feeder-club arrangements and have gone on to represent their state and country.

I’m hoping this partnership will provide the same opportunities to our Sunshine Coast players - it could also lead to an NRL trial down the track.

As regular readers would know over the last couple of weeks I’ve used this column to focus attention on some of the organisations who do great things in our community – but who receive little recognition.

And it’s probably apt – in a week when I am talking about never giving in – that I give a special mention to the Hear & Say Centre in Nambour.

Established in 1992 with just six children, its aim is to help deaf children to hear, listen and speak so they can attend a regular school, have wider career choices and can more fully participate in the hearing community.

Hear and Say combines state-of-the-art hearing technology (digital hearing aids and implantable technology such as cochlear implants) with the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach.

And I can tell you they never, never, never give in!

First published in the Sunshine Coast Daily on July  22, 2014