Torah Bright’s post Olympic halfpipe win is seeing her recognition coming far and wide – and so it should! Shame it took something like the Olympics before Australia recognised one it’s most successful ‘sports person’.
Now Cooma her home town of Cooma plan to welcome her home while Perisher plan to rename of their parks to ‘Torah’s Superpipe’ – according to an article that appeared in the Cooma-Monaro Express:
Cooma plans to welcome Torah home
Snowboarder Torah Bright is larger than life and a grassroots movement is afoot to see she is immortalised that way with a fitting monument in Cooma. Torah, 23, hails from Cooma and last week won Australia’s fourth ever gold medal at a Winter Olympic Games.
Perisher Resort plans to rename their main snowboarding area “Torah’s Superpipe” and in Torah’s home town, people are calling for something similar.
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council (CMSC) general manager John Vucic said he had invited Torah and her brother Ben to a civic reception in Cooma and hoped it would be held this side of Torah’s June 4 nuptials.
Mr Vucic said CMSC intended to invite the full gamut of elected officials: nine councillors, one state member, one federal member, one premier and the Prime Minister. These 13 politicians and their entourages may attract attention, but nothing could eclipse welcoming the radiant Torah Bright home.
“Once we have a date from Torah’s management we will arrange protocols with the Prime Minister, Premier, and state and local members,” Mr Vucic said.
“The date is nebulous at this stage but once we know, we have about five options we’re working on depending on how long Torah can stay in the area. We believe she will only be here for one day,” he said.
Mr Vucic said the event would celebrate all 2010 Winter Olympians from this area. He said there were no plans for a plaque or other public monuments at this stage but Torah’s name would be added to the sporting hall of fame in council chambers.
National Party branch chair Bronnie Taylor was in Sydney when Torah won gold and expected to see signs of celebration when she returned to Cooma. Mrs Taylor was surprised to find business as usual on Sharp Street and no word of plans to party.
Mrs Taylor this week publicly called on council to “enshrine” Torah’s gold medal with a monument. She said Cooma urgently needed someone to lead community Olympic celebrations.
Mrs Taylor said she would welcome a civic reception but celebrations should be all about Torah and not lose their local focus to dignitaries, formalities, or the passing of too much time.