EXPAT Australians in London have been treated to a taste of Australian sporting royalty. Members and guests of Australian Business were invited to celebrate a night of Aussie sporting excellence at The Churchill hotel and meet Socceroo star Mark Schwarzer.
The Fulham goalkeeper was a guest at the first Australian Business networking night of the year and as well as signing autographs and having his photo taken with excited guests, the main man in Australia’s goal also passed on some sporting wisdom.
With Aussie wine and beers flowing freely and brilliantly decorated Olympic-themed food on offer (everything from East London eel to devil on horseback bacon and prune ‘equestrian riders’) Aussie businessmen and women socialised, networked and talked with fervent excitement the prospect of Australia’s involvement at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
There was some friendly banter from the resident Poms in the room and even Mr Schwarzer found himself sticking up for his Aussie sporting compatriots as all eyes turn towards Stratford, the Games that start in July and the impending Olympic medal table.
However the famous goalie wasn’t the only professional sportsman in attendance with Chad Randall and Michael Robinson from the London Broncos rugby league team (Australia’s unofficial league team in London) also working the room.
It was a stellar night, not just to catch up with familiar Australian faces in the English capital but to also whet the appetite for a huge sporting year ahead and one in which, hopefully, Australia features most prominently.
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Images by Mark Alexander Adlington