I thought your readers would get a "kick" out of this
Back in 1982, I was a 3rd class or 4th class or no class firefighter
Pyrmont Fire Station where Dave Gardner was my Station Officer.
time, I was in training for an upcoming semi professional kickboxing
fight against a Queensland cruiserweight. I believed I was pretty
and confident of a victory, that is until Dave Gardner and I decided
have a sparring session in the Pyrmont Fire Station Watchroom..
threw anything, Dave promptly kicked me where most blokes prefer
get kicked and dropped me like a bag of the proverbial. I felt
confidence ebbing out of me as I gingerly clutched my damaged
The pumper took me to a nearby medical centre, where I asked the
to give me something for the pain but leave the swelling.
Come fight night, my confidence shattered, the Queenslander knocked
out in the 3rd round. He got $200. I got a $7.00 trophy. I am
waiting for Dave to get really really old so I can seek my eagerly
Paul de Haan