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Hi! - 11/30/99 09:09:50
Favourite Swimmer: Suzu Chiba & Australian swimmer
Country: Japan

Comments:
I love suzu's lovely smile and kieren's intellectual smile.




nicole kidman - 11/29/99 22:57:55
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: tommy cruise
Country: australia

Comments:
i love my kieren
i love my kowalski
but most of all i love my tommy




gorgia cook - 11/25/99 09:10:08
Favourite Swimmer: kierin perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
he is heaps cool




mariel van arkle - 11/23/99 05:47:12
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
hes an australian champion




Diederik Burgers - 11/18/99 14:37:54
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Marcel Wouda
Country: Holland

Comments:
Kieren, You are a very good swimmer, nevertheless I hope as a Marcel Wouda fan that he wins!




Lodewijk Burgers - 11/17/99 10:56:43
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Holland

Comments:
I am Lodewijk and I am also a swimmer. I have been three times in Australia, but unfortunately I can't come next year for the Olympics. I hope he win a couple of gold medals next year. I wish him good luck!




rachael - 11/10/99 09:01:34
Favourite Swimmer: Keiren Perkins

Comments:
hi I'm rachael and swim at harrold holt swim centre and I'm a big fan of swimming and I can swim 50 meters in 25 secends




Rachael - 11/10/99 08:53:10
Favourite Swimmer: Michael clim
Country: Australia

Comments:
Hi your a good swimmer




Silverio Cárdenas - 11/03/99 01:28:06
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Favourite Swimmer: Cristina Egerzegui
Country: Hungary

Comments:
She's the best swimmer I have ever known.I hope to see her again in Sidney.




ylleck - 10/25/99 10:42:50
Favourite Swimmer: Sisie o'neill
Country: Aussie!!!!!!!!!!

Comments:
Thanks for all the hot goss and pics. Got me top marks on my assignment! thanks! luv, Kel




Nev Bentley - 10/21/99 11:54:13
My URL:http://bavers.mtx.net
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren DHER!
Country: Australia

Comments:
Thanks for helping me with my P.E assignment! NEV




kellie hills - 10/07/99 00:58:57
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
i believe that kieren is the best swimmer EVER. he is a great person and i hope he wins the 1500 in 2000 but even if he doesnt he will still be my hero forever. p.s. grant hackett sux




Tara - 09/29/99 00:48:03
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
I love you so much. You are my idol and my star. You mean alot to me and to Australia . I'm proud of you




AYTEKÝN - 09/21/99 16:21:33
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: PERKINS,SALNIKOV
Country: TÜRKÝYE

Comments:
"KING NEVER LIES DOWN AND DIES" I AM SURE THE KING WILL SHOW US IN SYDNEY WHO WAS THE BEST WHO IS THE BEST WHO WILL BE THE BEST FOREVER I THINK NOT IN ONLY 1500 THE KING WILL SHOW US HOW TO SWIM 400FREE.I WILL BE THERE I SWIM 1500 TOO.I AM SURE I WONT BELIEVE THE TIME WHICH WILL SWIM PERKINS WHEN ANYBODY COULDNT FINISH YET LIKE 1992 1996.GO KIEREN GO.




Ted Carter - 09/10/99 21:55:30
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren
Country: Aussie!!!!!!!!

Comments:
Kieren Perkins is an inspiration to not only myself but to many other Australians.Sure, we have Thorpe and Hackett,but there will be only 1 king!!!!Best of Luck Kieren for Sydney 2000!!!




Mari - 09/09/99 14:17:09
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Of course, Kieren Perkins!!!!!!
Country: Japan

Comments:
GGGGGGGGGGREAT!!!!!!! I love him so much.His performance is very magnificent,and is more over really enchant all the spectors.




Carla Laughton - 09/05/99 07:03:32
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: New Zealand

Comments:
New Zealanders are gona beat you some day.




- 09/04/99 06:45:33
Favourite Swimmer: kieren
Country: australia

Comments:
yeah, ahhhh, i think Kieren is great! and i must say, he's a spunk of a fella! i used to be totally in love with him.... just thought i'd tell you that! by the way, i can't swim, so i'm not really into this type of stuff, but i love him anyway! that's all




kate kitching - 08/28/99 10:23:30
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Grant Hackett
Country: Australia

Comments:
I swim at Miami in the Gold Coast. My best stroke is breaststroke. I enjoyed looking at Kierens website. thankyou




Mark - 08/21/99 07:58:32
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: KIEREN PERKINS, LARS FROLANDER, PIETER VAN DEN VOOGENBAND, GRANT HACKETT
Country: NEW ZEALAND

Comments:
Kieren is a machine. To read his story of success from when he first got carried into his local pool to get rehabilitation, to his almost missing the Atlanta final, then coming back and smashing everyone, how can it not inspire you? he will be at Sydney and will win a medal, even if it is not gold it is an amazing feat for any 1500m swimmer to get 3 medals (2gold). If only New Zealand had such an awesome swimmer, role model and idol as Kieren. The legend will live on for ever!




kula - 08/19/99 21:29:48
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Favourite Swimmer: me self & someone else
Country: poland

Comments:
it's very good page




Alanna McDonald - 08/17/99 05:15:42
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins, Susie O'Neil
Country: Australia

Comments:
KIEREN PERKINS IS THE GREATEST SWIMMER OF ALL TIME. HE IS A TRUE HERO IN MY EYES, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. AN ABSOLUTE CHAMPION




Joan - 08/14/99 10:50:48
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Summer Sanders, Gary Hall, Jr, Janet Evans
Country: USA

Comments:
GREAT WEB PAGE ! My daughter traveled to Australia this Summer with World Sports Eachange. She purchased the book on Kieren Perkins, she has really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work.




Maureen Boon - 08/11/99 09:21:55
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
A real champion, a real gentleman and a great Australian. An excellent role model. Congratulations to him and his family



danres malau - 08/10/99 07:46:34
My URL:[email protected]
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kierin perkins
Country: Indonesia

Comments:
I am proud of you I do hope you always become the best and don't forget to give advices to the beginner



brooke bella & Janelle Saunders - 08/10/99 03:12:48
My URL:http://www.stgeorgeshs.qld.edu.au
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Susie O'neill
Country: Australia

Comments:
kieren you are a good swimmer but i like Suzie O'neil and Samatha Riley beter than you but for the boy swimmer you are it.



Megan Wise - 08/09/99 09:25:31
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren and Susie O'neil
Country: Austalia

Comments:
Kieren you are a roll modle to all Australians, especially me because I like long distance swimming. Megan Wise



Daniel Kowaski - 08/08/99 03:10:27
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Grant Hackett
Country: Australia

Comments:
Kieren, you suck. You have no chance at making the 2000 team. Your time is up. You are a has been.

Yeah right!  Kowaski....Kowawski...you meant Kowalski???



Edwin - 08/06/99 11:59:09
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: NSW Australia

Comments:
Kieren is the world best swimming in the world Go u champ Kieren Date: 06/08/99



Rosanna Sikora - 08/02/99 15:44:11
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Favourite Swimmer: Kieren
Country: USA

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Fan in South Africa - 07/31/99 08:51:57
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren and Ryk Neethling
Country: South Africa

Comments:
Kieren and the Aussie distance aces are all great swimmers,and have always been.But watch out for the South African boy.



Perri Brereton - 07/30/99 03:22:17
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: K. Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
Kieren will do the treble - he has the courage, focus and dedication required. He has always been an inspiration to me in my swimming career.



Melanie - 07/29/99 06:24:43
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
You have such determination, courage and fight in you and that is why so many people admire you. Well Done!



ben keillor - 07/26/99 03:09:10
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
awesome web site man



Aigner Thomas - 07/24/99 11:42:30
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins and Vera Lischka(Best Austrian female swimmer)
Country: Austria

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Clare Godfrey - 07/13/99 00:59:10
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Samantha Riley
Country: Australia

Comments:
Will Kieren be at the Sydney Olympics?? Please respond.

Kieren Perkins most definitely wants to be at the Olympics, and his selection seems likely. To qualify for the Olympics a swimmer must finish in the top 2 places at the Olympic trials. Australia is a difficult place to qualify because it has the top 3 400 and 1500 swimmers in the world, however considering Kieren holds the 400 and 1500m world records, and his best 1500 time is 8 sec faster than Grant Hackett and 12 sec faster than Daniel Kowalski have ever swum I'm sure he can manage at least a 2nd placing at trials, especially considering that on current world rankings Perkins is higher than Kowalski, Perkins consistently beat Kowalski last year, and Australia's 4th best 1500m swimmer is about 45 sec slower than Perkins.

Once selected for the Olympics I'm sure Perkins will get back down to his world record and possibly faster, which will be very difficult for Hackett to defeat...



BRAD KEECH - 07/12/99 17:03:04
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: PABLO MORALES
Country: CANADA

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matt mccloghry - 07/07/99 23:22:49
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kieren
Country: australia

Comments:
gday im a swimmer from sydney and i love wathin kieren swim hes my idol



Maxine Ellis - 07/07/99 05:53:48
Favourite Swimmer: Penny Heyns
Country: SOUTH AFRICA

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Jenifer Neidig - 07/03/99 02:49:11
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Favourite Swimmer: None
Country: USA

Comments:
I love the graphics and backgrounds on your site. You do a very nice job. How appropriate to have the water drops. Keep up the good work.




Giorgio Lamberti - 06/28/99 14:25:51
My URL:http://www.tapu.com
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Finland's Antti Kasvio
Country: Finland

Comments:
Nice website, but Antti Kasvio rocked the 200 free at Rome 1994 World Championships!



unnamed - 06/27/99 09:32:41

Comments:
doing an assignment, found your site really usefull!! great job




Tamara Jacobs - 06/18/99 06:35:52
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Amy
Country: right now Germany I move alot

Comments:
I wish that things would go good for me, as they have been going for you. I keep trying to beat my past times, but every time a take more then a day of brake for school or just to relaxe. I seam to loss what I had g in the day before. I wish that I could e just like you, but I know that it is not possible.




Jane Brewer - 06/14/99 00:20:08
My URL:http://wish I had one
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins and Ian Thrope
Country: Australia

Comments:
Absolutley awesome!!!!Thankyou so much!!! I love everything about your page. Keep up the good work.




DEBBIE COLVIN - 06/09/99 01:50:57
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
Kieren is my hero. I am a swimmer myself and admire him so much. I thought of quiting my swimming career a while ago, but after watching Kieren at the Atlanta Olympics, after everybody had doubted him, i knew myself that kieren had the capability to win his second consecutive olympic medal. My ambibtion is to be just like Kieren, i din't know if will ever be good enough to do what he has done, but i know i am on the way, i just have to see how i perform at the National Championships in the Easter holidays 2000. Kieren, i know you can do it in Sydney 2000,you just have to have faith in yourself.




Jane Brewer - 06/07/99 07:12:25
My URL:http://wish I had one too
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: KIEREN PERKINS!!!!!
Country: Australia

Comments:
Kieren is thre most legendary swimmer ever and this is an awesome site. Thankyou so much for making it for all us Kieren lovers to gawk at. Keep up the good work!!!! Thankyou!!!!




dontya wanna know? - 06/07/99 05:32:05
My URL:http://www.don't.have/one.com.au
Favourite Swimmer: kieran perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
this site absoloutley rules !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Megan - 06/02/99 15:36:07
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: have many ( Curtis Myden)
Country: Canada

Comments:
I love swimming and wish someday to be like you. You are a huge inspiration and I wish you luck in your swimming and whatever you dream of doing. Love You!! You're an awesome swimmer!!!




- 05/31/99 04:19:26

Comments:
Dear Kieren,
I am a humogus fan of yours and that time at the games where you barely made it into the trials you fully kicked butt... Bye Bye!




kieren's number one fan - 05/29/99 03:56:09
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
kieren is no doubt the greatest swimmer of all time. great website. kieren is my idol and he will win in 2000.




Franck - 05/23/99 14:06:46
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: France

Comments:
Perkins is the greatest 1500 swimmer... he's my model... I enjoy meeting him during my travel in Australia !!




Jason Leeon - 05/22/99 02:48:29
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
Great Website!!




Billy - 05/16/99 10:23:41
Favourite Swimmer: Popov, Kieren Perkins

Comments:
Wonderful website --- with beautiful pictures and full of information. I must spend much much time on swimming -- Perkins is my model !!




Beau Smith - 05/16/99 05:50:33
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Aussie Australia

Comments:
I have been doing a project for school and your web site is very helpful.I have been looking at famous swimmers because that is what my project is about
BEAU SMITH P.S. I think your great




Rita White - 05/13/99 19:20:53
Favourite Swimmer: Popov
Country: England

Comments:
Kieran Perkins is amazing in the way he can pace 1500m swims maintaining his 6 beat leg kick throughout. Rita talks about his leg kick and swimming style whilst coaching her own squad of young swimmers at Northampton Swimming Club in Northampton England.




karen - 04/28/99 05:19:51
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: KIEREN
Country: MALAYSIA

Comments:
He is the best that I have ever know




Katherine Spriggs - 04/28/99 01:20:50
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
I think you are a great swimmer and I have a whole book on you. You're excellent.




oscar - 04/26/99 07:06:36
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren

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h_e_d - 04/21/99 05:23:10
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieran Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
This was an excellent site on Australia's most premier swimmer! well done!




carly cuman - 04/18/99 03:41:07
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins and susie o'neil
Country: australia

Comments:
kieren is a great swimmer that he is better than great



William Balderamos - 04/17/99 16:37:07
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Mike Barrowman
Country: Cayman Islands

Comments:



Sam - 04/15/99 22:02:13
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins and Ian Thorpe
Country: Australia

Comments:



FARID - 04/15/99 14:30:53
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kieren of course
Country: lebanon

Comments:
no comments



Selim Sunguroglu - 04/08/99 17:56:31
My URL:http://members.xoom.com/426
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Turkey

Comments:
No comment



Bernie Sherlock - 04/08/99 03:03:58
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: New Zealand

Comments:
I'm a Kiwi too and even though I'm normally a one-eyed sports kiwi supporter, I agree that Kieren is truly an amazing athlete. In fact, I think his feats beat those of any other sporstperson including the likes of Jordan, Nicklaus and Gretsky. I'll be r oting for King Kieren come 2000 and hope with all my heart he can do it. Come on Kieren turn it on for us Kiwis too.




Troy Cairns - 04/07/99 06:52:08
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: New Zealand

Comments:
Even though I'm a KIWI -I still reckon that Kieren is the best ever. If he can win the 1,500 in 2000 I'm going to give up sheep. Kieren for PM




Stephen Tuffley - 04/07/99 06:37:45
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
I think Kieren is the most fantastic swimmer. I also think he is one sute guy. If he brings home the bacon and gets gold in sydney, i've bet my friends that i will surf nude at bondi for one hour as a celebration. Come on Kieren, you are the best.




Elle McPherson - 04/06/99 06:11:57
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: The land down under...Oh yeah

Comments:
good on ya mate. see ya in 2000. hope ya win and show the pansies how to do it..(i'm talking about swimming- don't take this comment out of context) Im be'n turfed of the computer. See ya at the Olimpics and win me gold.




James R. T - 04/05/99 05:44:27
My URL:http://aol.com
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Popov, Biondi, and Kieren
Country: USA

Comments:
I recently started to take swimming seriously. My goal is to someday be as good as you, if not better. I am 15 and was very inspired by your victories. I just want to congratulate you on your victories and hope you can offer some word of advice.




Maxine Ellis - 04/01/99 14:38:41
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: South Africa

Comments:
I'm training to swim as well as Kirien - he inspires me




Megan Ritterwald - 04/01/99 00:44:18
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
Excellent, but it could do with some interviews though Bye.




ian - 03/27/99 15:05:05
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins
Country: Taiwan

Comments:
Kieren, you are still Number 1 in the world. because you are 1500m freestyle world record holder. although, you did not win gold in this national championship, but you did a good job. please do not worry too much, you will win gold in Sydney 2000, i wish for you.




Meghan Healy - 03/25/99 21:57:53
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Amy Van Dyken
Country: USA

Comments:
Kieren is the greatest, and a "hunk" too!




lauren - 03/24/99 05:20:18
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren perkins
Country: australia

Comments:
i think that kieren perkins is the best swimmer in the whole history of swimming, he has set many records, that will not be broken, for many years, i just want to say kieren perkins is one hell of a role model




Erik MIFA - 03/23/99 14:25:55
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: you of course
Country: paris-France

Comments:
Great pictures.You look wonderfull!!! Give me a call next time in PARIS, I will be glad to invite you in a magic place in our great city. Good luck...




Siobhan Caplice - 03/23/99 10:05:30
Favourite Swimmer: kieren perkins
Country: Australia

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insaneos - 03/21/99 02:05:06

Comments:
work hard for 2000




dane - 03/16/99 00:29:59
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: you
Country: secret\

Comments:
you are a babe




Ryan - 03/15/99 07:00:10
My URL:http://www.angelfire.com/al/madcars
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:
It's good to c some one else who admires kieren. I hope he goes well in 2000




Matt - 03/13/99 04:53:44
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer Susie O'Neil
Country: Australia

Comments:
I was wanting to get some world record information. I need it URGENTLY!!! Thank you Matt

-->Kieren's World Records



Kirsten Gilbert - 03/13/99 00:39:30
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins
Country: Australia

Comments:




Kirsten Gilbert - 03/13/99 00:38:52

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Chase Phillips - 03/13/99 00:06:15
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Gary Hall Jr.
Country: United States

Comments:
Awesome web page for an awesome swimmer!




Rhiannon - 03/10/99 10:26:42
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Ian Thorpe
Country: Australia

Comments:
KIEREN PERKINS IS A LEGEND HE KICKS SERIOUS ASS AND HE IS A TOTAL BABE




Chesney Cole - 03/09/99 12:45:19
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: you
Country: Western Australi

Comments:
well done Kieren I think that you have alot of potentional so good luck in the future.




kathrin Greenmount - 03/05/99 08:14:26
My URL:http://www.agn.net.au/~bighouse
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: you
Country: West Australia

Comments:
keep up the good work Kiren see you at the 2000 olympics




R.Sanders - 03/03/99 06:46:30
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins and Susie O'Neil
Country: Australia

Comments:
Fanstasic. It gets my thumbs up. Keep the good work up.




nay - 02/28/99 06:41:17
Favourite Swimmer: don't know
Country: australia

Comments:
hi, um, well i just got onto this page again and i think it sux. why because it's borring and the same from when i came here some time ago and i think you should change it every now and then. well anyway hag to you and have a great day. p.s hag stands for hi and good bye!! got it of sleepless in seattle. haha




sasha junior - 02/26/99 09:30:55
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren
Country: Australia

Comments:
you are the best and there is no one like you




Judith H (Tasmania) - 02/23/99 09:42:32
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren of course, but I am enjoying the whole team
Country: Australia

Comments:
A note for Jodie (22/2). You should read the contribution by Bob Bush (18/2) to see why this is not arrogance, and maybe you will also gain some Aussie pride. I am enjoying the performance of the whole team, including your hero. What a source of Aussie pride that the closest competition for so many of them is from within the team. And do you not think these are influenced by the legacy of Kieren Perkins, together with Murray Rose, John Konrads, Bob Windle.. back to Boy Charlton.....? Roll on 1500 2000 and lets go Gold / Silver yet again! What a pitty we can't send three.




jodie - 02/22/99 11:57:32
Favourite Swimmer: ian thorpe
Country: australia

Comments:
i think kieren is the biggest pompase ass i have ever seen if he nocked his attitude down to everyone elses i still dont think he would be a good person to know. he is just an arigant son of a bitch.


It appears you should work on your spelling. For example, what do the words nocked and arigant /b>mean?



KFC - 02/22/99 08:38:14
Favourite Swimmer: No-one
Country: France

Comments:
Exellento



 

Bob Bush - 02/18/99 12:32:18
My Email:
Favourite Swimmer: Kieren Perkins & Murray Rose
Country: Australia

 

 

Comments:
I wrote a poem about Kieren. I'd Like to get it to him. Can You Help by passing it on or giving me his address?

Thank you and here it is.

Regards Bob Bush

 PERKINS’ QUEST

Australians enjoy their sport! They enjoy winning and they idolise their champions. But they love to see the underdog get up and win! And the greater the odds against them winning – the more they love it!

Because Australia is an island, with water blue and clean,
We've produced the greatest swimmers that the world has ever seen,
And ever since the games when Murray Rose first made his name,
In the fifteen hundred metres, Australia's always laid a claim.

Kieren Perkins won in Barcelona, back in ninety-two,
Now four years on he'd struggled, but had finally made it through
In the past he'd earnt the glory of accolades and fame
His deeds and all his records, had made him a household name.

Although he held world records, he was in the middle of a spell,
Where he'd suffered from a virus and he wasn't swimming well.
The question had been asked -- can he maintain his hold,
To overcome this virus and win yet another gold?

He qualified to race by a fraction of a second,
And his quest would go no further was what the experts reckoned.
He was forced to swim the race from lane number eight,
Impossible to win from there, no matter how talented or great.

Even those who knew him well and been faithful fans for years,
Were now shaking their heads and expressing doubts and fears.
While he stood there on the blocks, in his eyes there was a fire,
That showed the inner feelings of his need and his desire.

He stared down the lane and he saw the outcome of the race,
Claiming Olympic gold to regain his rightful place.
On the sound of the gun he thrust forward and dived in
To that dreaded lane eight, from where they said he couldn't win.

By the end of the first hundred, his intentions were made clear,
He had opened up a lead, while the rest brought up the rear.
The question was then asked by the callers of the race,
Has he gone out to fast? Can he maintain this pace?

But you can never discount a champion – even when they're down,
And Perkins was a champion, who'd earnt the right to wear the crown.
With every muscle aching and demanding that he slow,
His mind was in control and continued saying no.

His arms were tired and heavy – in fact they felt like lead,
But still he kept on going, and swimming with his head,
The attention of the race was clearly on his lane,
To determine if the field were able to make some gain.

Just as the Melbourne cup, brings Australia to a stop,
In every lounge room in the land you could hear a pin to drop.
And like when the “Man From Snowy River” made that famous ride,
Every viewer in Australia, had a dose of Aussie Pride.

The halfway point came and went and still he held the lead,
The field behind still chasing – not willing to concede,
With every muscle in his body screaming out in pain,
The crowd was noisy in support and that stirred him on again.

He touched the blocks and turned with a hundred left to swim,
The rest were too far back to have a chance to reel him in.
The spectators’ mood was joyous as the end of the race drew near,
Aware that they were seeing history happening here.

As “Brooksy” called the race – himself a swimmer and a mate,
He said “on your feet Australia and salute a swimming great!”
There was emotion in his voice and I could feel the same in mine,
'Cause we were witnessing a swim from the greatest of all time.

Every single person, who has ever won, lost or tried,
Saluted now this swimmer – there were some who even cried.
He completed that last lap and touched the pad upon the block,
Acknowledging the crowd as he checked the time up on the clock.

He raised his fist in victory and gestured number one!
He'd just finishing doing, what they said could not be done.
Emerging from the water he proudly strode toward the stand,
Heading for his lady where he touched her outstretched hand,

He stepped up on the dais to accept the medal for his win,
Both hands up in the air -- and that famous Colgate grin.
As they played the national anthem “Advance Australia Fair”
There was no prouder man in sport than that man standing there.

With that prized Olympic gold, now in its rightful place,
He acknowledged the flag and then reflected on the race.
When asked of the games in Sydney and if he thought that he'd be there,
He said “If I can win from here, I can win from anywhere”.

Now when they speak of former feats, unparalleled in sport,
And when the outcome has been contrary, to what the experts thought.
When those sporting highlights are discussed, I know one that's always told!
That fifteen hundred in Atlanta – when Perkins won the gold!

4th January 1999


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