THRILLED: Rodney Bordin with his Olympic torch from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Picture: Anthony Stipo.
IT’S hard to believe the Sydney Olympics were 16 years ago this year, especially for one Griffith man for whom the year holds his most special memory.
Rodney Bordin was one of those chosen to run with the Australian Olympic torch in 2000, running the flame 500 metres through Narrandera.However, he has since found it’snot the easiest of memories to display in the home.
“I had it wrapped up in a pillowcase for 16 years in a drawer,” Mr Bordin said.
That’s where the Griffith Men’s Shed stepped in, with member Eric Couper designing and assembling a special display case for the torch with Ray Sully.
“They’ve done a good job for me,” Mr Bodin said.
Mr Couper said he had been happy to make the case for Mr Bordin, who is the youngest member of the men’s shed.
“He jumps in and does his bit,” Mr Couper said.
“He brought the torch in and showed us and we thought why don’t we make a little presentation case for him.
“It only took a couple of weeks to make and I’m happy with it, it’s come up good.”
Mr Bordin said he waseager to use his new case to show the Griffith community the torch, especially with the upcoming Olympics in Brazil this year.
“I just wonder if I could show it to everyone in Griffith and maybe take it around to schools,” he said.
Mr Bordin said running with the torch had been a moment he would never forget.
“It was my 15th birthday,August 16 2000, it was my greatest moment, my greatest achievement,” he said.
“It was amazing, there were big crowds.
“I was selected because I was a representative in State soccer.”
Former President of the men’s shed Doug Melville said Mr Bordin had been a much loved addition to their group since he joined.
“He was a shy fellow in the beginning but we have all taken care of him and now have a good friend in him,” Mr Melville said.
“We all love him and wecan all see the shed doing him a world of good.
“He’s really opened up and come out of his shell,” Mr Melville said.
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