Thank you for your best wishes for my 75th birthday next month.
Currently, as you would be aware, I am completing my second and last four year term as Mayor of the Gold Coast.
It is a full time plus occupation which encompasses both many ceremonial and administrative functions. At this stage I am considering contesting the coming elections for the State parliament as an independent candidate but the electorate may believe I am a little old for the post. Still, for me, it is just another challenge and if I do not step up now, it will be my last opportunity to participate in community affairs about which I am so passionate. As you say, I was a great admirer of Emile Zatopek and cherished (and was privileged) his friendship. He was a wonderful character and a great inspiration for athletes throughout the world from every nation.
Certainly, he was the most respected and popular athlete in my time. The most special part of my career was the opportunity it gave me to meet, and compete against, such a wide range of people from so many different nations. Win or lose, I treasured every moment. I loved to train with my friends, and I enjoyed the pain derived from pushing your body to past its physical limits in both training, and competition. I trained (or competed then trained) every day for seven successive years. I figured if you had to eat, sleep, and drink every day, then so should you exercise. I enjoyed it all so much I never had to “ease off” to give my mind and body a break…..why should this be necessary.
What I have done is send to you by air mail some of my books for your English speaking members. I hope these can be passed around and enjoyed by the majority of them.
Where should I address the package?
Best wishes and thanks again for your best wishes,