Couple?s surprise trip to the Games



MERV and Pam Doyle had their own gold medal moment when they won a trip to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The pair will exchange their comfy lounge chairs for the plastic seats and harsh glare of a stadium, and won't miss them for a minute.

Last month they won a three day trip to the Commonwealth Games including flights and accommodation.

Merv Doyle said they were completely unaware they had been automatically entered in the competition through their bank until they found out last month.

'It was a bolt out of the blue,' Merv said. 'The feeling was one of disbelief.'

Merv was happy to see any sport at the Commonwealth Games, which starts March 16, although he drew the line at boxing. On March 21 they will fly to Melbourne for their first event - the basketball.

March 22 will have them watching the stars of athletics fly around the track and javelins being flung to the furthest corner of the stadium for the track and field events.

March 23 they'll be watching shuttle cocks flying around the court for the badminton.

Their trip comes to an end on March 24 when they fly home. Merv has experienced the atmosphere of a few rugby games and he is looking forward to seeing the Commonwealth Games in person for the first time.

Pam Doyle said she would enjoy the whole vibe of the Games.

'It's a different atmosphere, completely different to the lounge room,'' Pam said.



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