Thursday, 21 August 2008

Quote of the Week: Party differences

Ministers congratulate Welsh Athlete on Olympic Gold Medal

First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones have congratulated Nicole Cooke on her historic Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics.

The First Minister said:

Nicole Cookes' Gold medal is a fantastic achievement. I am so pleased for her because she had been planning this for four years since her disappointment in the Athens Games in 2004 when she was outwitted in the final attack.

She has learnt her lesson and was able to time her efforts perfectly. This has brought her, Wales and Britain the honour of an Olympic Gold - the greatest prize in sport.

Nicole has already been a great example to women in Wales, encouraging them to take up physical exercise. From now on she will be forever be a role model as it has been for a very long time, if ever, since a Welsh woman has taken a Gold medal.

Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones said:
This is another incredible achievement for one of our great sporting champions.

Despite such dreadful weather conditions, Nicole's strength and sheer determination secured a victory in China that will be celebrated as a great moment in Welsh sporting history for many years to come.

Nicole is a great ambassador for her sport and for Wales and a role model for aspiring young athletes across our nation.
[August 11 2008]


Steffan 21 August 2008 at 08:44  

Just don't see an issue here - is it compulsory (political correctness?) to mention Britain every time a Welsh athlete achieves something (we know they're part of 'teamGB' in China) - or are you implying that Rhodri should also add 'Europe' to the list of honours ?

Miss Wagstaff 21 August 2008 at 08:50  

The issue is in the Labels - 'Just for Fun', however, their congratulations are noticed more when you relate the two different backgrounds to the parties - Unionist and Nationalist. Where Europe comes into it, I just don't know.

You've got to stop being so sensitive Steffan.

Nick 21 August 2008 at 09:59  

Probably best if they simply congratulated Nicole Cooke (I think we all know she's Welsh by now)and left nationality out of it.

On the sporting side, it is of course the nature of road race cycling that your other team members help to get the lead rider into a winning position.

Steffan 21 August 2008 at 11:59  

I didn't think you were being terribly serious which is why I made my response (what I thought was) jokingly. I guess I didn't succeed - do I need to use bloggers punctuation marks (';' etc.) to indicate a lighthearted reply ?

I failed to be funny and you didn't see the point of my 'Europe' remark either: not a very successful start to my day. ';'

Miss Wagstaff 21 August 2008 at 12:19  

Sorry Steffan. That's the trouble with blogging and comments, when only a ;) will do.

Miss Wagstaff 21 August 2008 at 12:21  

Nick - strength through unity indeed.

Anonymous 21 August 2008 at 22:19  

Same old tribal crap from Alan Ffred.

Nicole's victory was due to her colleagues in Team GB.

It's team sport for goodness sake.

She's already said so herself.

Anonymous 21 August 2008 at 23:45  

The majority of 'Welsh golds' were a team effort and we shouldn't forget it. Well deserved either way.

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