Kenny Offenther Speaks: DID YOU KNOW ? IN 1961 THE ENTRY FEE AT STATE TOURNAMENTS WAS 75 CENTS , LUNCH WAS SERVED AT MOST VENUES FOR 50 CENTS.SOME PLAYERS COMPLAINED ABOUT THESE EXCESSIVE CHARGES!!!!!!!
DID YOU KNOW that the Commonwealth Games are taking place as you read this?? (Commonwealth Games are 2nd only to the Olympics.)
DID YOU KNOW that the Games are taking place on Australia’s Gold Coast? In Coolangatta Queensland, Australia??*
DID YOU KNOW that the 2008 ISA WAS HELD IN THIS VERY SAME PART OF AUSTRALIA?? That is correct Shufflers; Ian Reiher and Marj Govett chose not only one of the most beautiful places in Australia, but one of the most beautiful places on the Continent!! Just ask any of the Shufflers who went on the Cruise on Travel Day.
In 2008 most of the International visitors were housed in the ‘Ocean Plaza Resort, a high rise complex opposite the Coral Sea ( a part of the Pacific Ocean). Between the Resort and the Ocean is the Queen Elizabeth Park. This area has been transformed into the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball arena and ifs facilities and its effect on Coolangatta is quite substantial with road closures etc. It will be interesting to see how it goes with volleyball starting April 6th, 2018 and going on for seven or eight days. Different sport activities are being held for about 30 miles up the Gold Coast from Coolangatta.
* Go here to read as little, or as much, as you wish about the origin/history of the Games. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_Games#Opening AND just in case some of you had forgotten how high up we were, and how beautiful our view was > looking out/over the Coral Sea, these pix may jog your memory:
And Everyone Will Remember that the Japanese Women Placed FIRST!! We CELEBRATED; THE SHUFFLEBOARD WORLD CELEBRATED!!!