Sunday, August 23, 2009

Go You Big Red Fire Engine 2: Destination London

It's baaa-aaaack!

With no sort of vengeance whatsoever.

After the mild success of last year's GYBRFE fan project for the Olympic team, I'd like to keep that encouragement going and going and going for our male and female gymnasts bound for London in October, particularly as they are up against an apparent public post-Olympic lethargy.

Once again, show your support for the Aussie teams by undertaking the following steps:

WHAT IS IT? A warm, fuzzy message of support to our gymnasts. It'll be one big blog entry consisting of a series of photos of you guys (and me)! It's easy to do and anyone can take part. Last year's entries did boast an infant child, a gymnast and a dog.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO? Simple. Take a photo of either just you or you-and-your-family-or-friends holding a sign with big smiles, as well as any other Aussie memorabilia (such as green-and-gold accessories or a flag) if you so wish.

WHAT KIND OF SIGN? It can be on a t-shirt, it can be on an A4 sheet of paper, it can be on a laminated poster with drawings, it can be scrawled in the sand, it can be on a big cloth banner, you could spell it with your bodies! Anything, so long as the message is visible!

WHAT DOES THIS SIGN HAVE TO SAY? This is the integral bit. It's the catchiest, most enthusiastic and most AUSSIE phrase ever to come out of the mind of a comedian and television host:


That's right. The phrase made famous by Spicks and Specks' Adam Hills that follows him everywhere he goes as he spreads positivity and humour all around the world. It means "Go for it", it means "Go hard or go home", it means "Go because we believe in you!"
It's like Roy and HG's "Go You Good Thing!" but with a level added by reference to a coloured vehicle.

I couldn't think of a better message to send to our teams in London- we're behind you all the way so just go for it!


This is important. Email a copy of the photo/s either as a .jpg attachment or list its web location (a link to, say, a Photobucket or Flickr url) to with the subject title "Fan Project". It would be great to know your name and what state you're from, however you do not have to give me your name with your photo if you wish to remain anonymous. I will then collate all the photos I receive and and post them in one big entry here just prior to Worlds kicking off. I will also put them in a collage of sorts and upload it to the Supporters of Australian Gymnastics group at Facebook. Of course, using my network of contacts (and I don't mean that in a patronising-air-kissy-ooh-err-matron-look-at-me-and-my-little-address-book kind of way) I will also definitely try and get the message to the teams personally. I can tell you that one member of our Olympic team from last year got a real kick out of seeing the signs. Let's hope we can bring more smiles.

There are far more of you reading here now than last year so our strength lies in our numbers!

And if you don't believe this project can get off the ground, take a look at who has bloody well endorsed it!

That's right, folks, Hillsy says to get doodling!

Entries close Friday October 9th! Get your masterpieces in and show your support for our hard-working gymnasts heading into the biggest thing to hit London since giant intergalactic rhino thingies in Doctor Who. Oh, and an Olympics or something...


Anonymous said...

Wow. The silence is defening! I hope this doesn't mean we all prefer to complain about the way things are than do something to show our support. No of course it doesn't, we are all just trying to work out how to make the coolest GYBRF displays. I hope. Way to go Mez. I'll be working on recruiting a few local gymnasts for this one - they are so much cuter than me!

Mez said...

It's quite all right, you've got until October. Pleeeenty of time.

I've had one entry so far (and it's a damn good-'un!)

Anonymous said...

Cool. well I have to admit that I did not do it last time, but I enjoyed looking at them all. Will make an effort this time I promise. Also I have learned to spell deafening in the last hour.

Nat said...

I think it sounds like a fabulous idea and will be awake most of the night trying to figure out something original and catchy!