Observer/Zinc headlines Aug 8
OH NO! Our Australian Olympic swimmers have apparently "failed" to scoop the pool and bring home bucket-loads of gold.
It's truly calamitous, a travesty, a downright shame; although as far as I am aware the world has not yet come to an end.
Although, depending on who you believe, that may well be imminent.
Why else would Swimming Australia order an inquiry?
Today we bring you the very best of our region's young sports stars.
These are legends in the making. They are doing their thing, week-in-week-out, trying their hearts out and loving every minute of it.
Sure, there are the tears and the pouts and even the tantrums if things don't go to plan.
But it's all part of their growth - and being able to deal with that is the stuff which leads them to grow and spurs them on to bigger and better, stronger and faster things.
They look to the Olympics as the pinnacle.
This is what our kids aspire to.
Most won't make it, but for those who do it is the proverbial dream come true. Our kids are told to always do their best.
To try as hard as they can and that's all anyone can ask for.
So what's the message when the likes of Swimming Australia launches an inquiry into why our Aussie swimmers didn't do as well as those apparently in the know thought they should have?
Apparently, the best isn't enough anymore.
The pool has long been deemed as our country's glamour sport. It was the image, as much as the records, which had to be upheld.
So with this in mind, it hardly seems surprising that we were preoccupied with swimmers' fingernail colour, weight and social media addictions.
We need to get back to basics. I'm not sure we need an inquiry to work that out.
But just cutting through the rubbish is sure to take a whole world (literally) of pressure off our most elite.