By Erin Longney
During the last few months, it has seemed like sources of positivity have been scarce. Amidst the 11am press conferences, cancelled events and news of continual lockdown, the bad news can seem never-ending. Though, we have also seen countless stories of hope and courage, giving us small things to celebrate during these trying times.
Paralympic proposal: running guide pops the question to a visually impaired sprinter
After finishing her 200-metre heat at the Tokyo Paralympics, Cape Verde athlete Keula Nedreia Pereira Semedo was greeted with an unexpected surprise from her running guide. Her partner proposed to her at the end of the track, as stunned competitors surrounded them and applauded the surprise engagement.
Like father, like daughter: Jess Fox’s Olympic glory
As Jess Fox finally achieved her dream after securing a gold medal in the women’s’ C1 canoe slalom, it was her father who commentated the moment she won Olympic gold. After narrowly missing gold in the K1 race, Fox was the favourite in the canoe slalom, though her father was left near speechless as she finished first in the gold medal position, only managing to utter an overawed ‘wow’. For viewers back home, it was a heart-warming display to see Fox finally clinch that gold medal, and for it to be her father, champion canoeist Richard Fox, who called the race where she achieved her dream.
Quade Cooper’s return: post-siren penalty grants Wallabies the win
After four years away from Test rugby, Quade Cooper sealed the deal for the Wallabies after scoring a penalty after the siren to put the Wallabies two points ahead of the Springboks at the final whistle. In fact, Cooper scored 23 of Australia’s 28 points overall, putting on a flawless kicking display after scoring eight of his eight goals. It was a fitting return for Cooper in his first Test match since 2017, helping the Wallabies to an upset victory over the reigning champions from South Africa.
Like Lizzie McGuire once said: 'This is what dreams are made of'.