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25-04-2020 by admin

Nick Cherry is still pinching himself at what he was able to achieve at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida last week.

The former Burnie resident touched back down in Australia on Monday with a gold and bronze medal around his neck from his success in the seatedshot put and discus events at the games.

Victorious: Burnie’s Nick Cherry stands atop the podium after winning gold in the shot put at the Invictus Games in Orlando last week. Picture: Jason Turfrey, Dept. of Defence.

The 29-year-oldsaid the achievement was made even more unbelievable by the the lack of preparation.

“Team Australia was very Australian in the fact there wasn’t an awful lot of preparation done going into the game,” Cherry said from Brisbane.

“Soto walk away with a gold and a bronzein two events that I’d only ever competed in once before, and that was in the hour-long training session we had in Orlando, is hard to believe.

“I beat an American to win the shot put who was very cocky and offered to teach us how to throw when he went up for his turn –it’s probably one of them most satisfying things I have done.”

Success on the sporting field wasn’t the only highlight for Cherry, who also got a taste of the high regard Americans hold their service people in.

“Both the opening and closing ceremonies were good, but they had a family and friends night the night before the opening ceremony which was held at the Epcot Centre,” Cherry said.

“We got off the bus, and all the tourists and locals who were there formed a guard of honour and applauded us all as we walked in –whichtypifies the American patriotism they have towards their military.”

Cherry is now looking forward to the Invictus Games in 2017 in Toronto, and can’t wait for the addition of a new sport.

“The whole atmosphere of the event is amazing and hard to put into words,” he said.

“I’ve been to the MCGto watch Carlton and Collingwood with 80,000 fans, but the 15,000 supporters and competitors at the Invictus Games made a lot more noise.

“I’ve found out they are introducing golfto the program, so I’ll be definitely putting my name down for that next year.”

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