OPINION: Find the time to reflect on the positives

FOOTAGE of Hervey Bay local Keira Stephens securing a podium finish at her first ever Paralympics was beamed across the world.

Hervey Bay’s Keira Stephens after winning her first bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. PHOTO: Delly Carr.

The smiles, tears of joy and hugs that followed in the pool immediately after the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB9 final tell a story in themselves.

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Keira’s performance in the pool was a dominant one.

She held on to third place throughout the swim and a powerful turn and strong finish secured the dream result.

It’s her moment to shine.

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Her moment to reflect on her career and how she developed from the pools on the Fraser Coast to Tokyo.

It’s also her moment to remember, thank and honour those who have helped her along the way – family, friends, coaches, mentors.

But Keira’s success also offers hope and inspiration.

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Yes, people from regional Queensland can compete on the international stage.

The last 18-months have been difficult.

Businesses have closed, jobs have been lost and families have been unable to see each other.

But Keira’s Paralympic swim – even if for a moment – allowed us to embrace the good and see the positivity that still exists around us.

** This article originally appeared in Issue 2 (September 2021) of ‘From the Jetty’ – Good News Fraser Coast’s official monthly newsletter.

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