Waiheke on siinäkin mielessä hieno paikka suomalaiselle, että täällä voi urheilla montaa Suomessa kallista lajia ilmaiseksi tai erittäin halvalla. Kisa kuntoinen optari maksaa n. 250 euroa ja kurssi 20 euroa, tennis ja vesiurheilut ovat ilmaisia ja meidän talkkari on saaren paras kolffari. Lajit eivät ole ihan Tahkon oppikirjasta, mutta nykyaikana ei pidä olla turhan ronkeli…

Luin muuten Hesarista juuri, että Jesse Owens lahjoitti Berliinin 4x100m viestikapulan keravalaiselle Tope Sariolalle, koska tämä arvosti miestä eikä nahanväriä. Ainoa positiivinen uutinen kahteen vuoteen radanvarresta.

Kiitos Mixupormalle Waiheke Warriors videosta! Tuttuja naamoja ja paikkoja näkyy ja sitten näkyi niitä karmivia ydinkoe kasvoja… Finnish TV broadcasted a movie about Waiheke based Rainbow Warriors. It appears that information from human catastrophes was and propably is not provided to public without someone ready to sacrifise quite a bit for it.

Waiheke is a pretty amazing place for a Finn. Surfing, Golf, Sailing are sport activities that we rarely can do – and here they are almost free. Even artificial grass tennis court is completely free of charge. Johanna’s distant relative Tahko Pihkala had big influence in Scandinavian sport philosophy. Everyman’s sports are considered as national investments that will pay off to society with improved health and the best sporting places are available for public most of the time. All above mentioned sports unfortunately have, to my understanding, always been a bit too expensive in Finland. Due to upper class reputation of these, I have difficulties to believe that our best talent would select these sporting activities. Based on recent results, our best talent might have been disappeared to computer games. I believe that it is not the case in NZ.

In Finnish press there was a fine news from golden era of our track and field history. Jesse Owens who ridiculed the Nazi genetics by beating all white boys in Berlin olympics gave the 4 x 100 m relay “stud” to a Finnish runner apparently due to their sincere admiration of the Owens quality as a sportman. I still carry my best sport memoirs from athletics games in Helsinki Olympic Stadium – I believe it might be the only place in the world where Finns know how to behave.

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