IT WAS the end of their campaign for Olympic glory and the end of a four-year struggle to compete with the goliaths of their sport but no one could have guessed what former Tamworth resident Duncan Harvey and his bobsleigh partner Heath Spence would do when they finished their final run on yesterday morning.
The pair, who finished a disappointing 26th overall in the two-man event, emerged from their sled with a small cardboard sign bearing some simple yet powerful messages.
“Live your dream”, one side of the side read while “thank you” – written in several languages – was emblazoned on the other side.
The pair flashed it up for the cameras in the finish area as the eyes of the world gazed upon them.
“If you look on the timesheet we are the only team from the Southern Hemisphere,” Spence said.
“We’re different. Just like the Jamaicans are different, we’re also different. They look at us and realise that we are from so far away and ask themselves ‘what are they doing here’.”
Harvey, a former topline sprint hurdler and vice-captain of Tamworth High, will compete in the four-man bobsleigh this weekend.