"We all stood back and said… Wow!"
And so did I...
One of the sporting moments of the year for me came when 29 year-old Owen Miller ran the race of his life in Japan last week to win the T20 1500m at The Para-Olympics.
As he hit that final bend you could tell not even the world champion from Russia was going to live with him.
And not just him, he left them all in his wake, blasting home with a fabulous time of 3:54.57.
Owen now lives in Blairhall and was given a heroes reception when he returned home during the week.
Behind the scenes others are quietly celebrating too...
Having taken up running on the advice of his PE teacher at Woodmill High School, Owen has been a member of Disability Sport Fife for many years.
Chairman Richard Brinkley was quoted as saying that...
"When he first took part in a cross-country event, we all stood back and said, wow!"
It was clear even then that he had an enthusiasm and dedication for the sport that would stand him in good stead.
However, I don’t think even he could have imagined that he’d end up an Olympic Champion.
Afterwards he said…
'This is the best day of my life!'
And in good old Fife fashion...
Owen has plans to take some time off and celebrate with 'a lot of beer.'
You deserve it.
PS To conclude...
Owen is not what you'd call 'young' in his trade... as I mentioned, he's 29 years old I believe.
And that's the key right there...
He always did,
Through all the years of hardship, toil and never quite making number one... well, now he finally has.
Gold on the highest podium on earth!
And I believe too...
Because Fifers never give up do we?