Australian expats in Boulder, Colorado got to see the stars of the St Kilda Football Club, which hosted their pre-season training camp in the picturesque foothills city. It’s fun to read about the reaction of having these Australian stars in town and the ease of access to them:
[Mathew Hayward] posed for a picture with Saints midfielder Lenny Hayes, shook his hand and congratulated him on a great career.
“It would be like an American from Boulder going to Melbourne and being able to have a chat to Peyton Manning and have their photograph taken,” said Hayward, beaming. “You’d have to go to Melbourne to appreciate the significance of these guys in our city. These people are household names. To have the experience of looking in his eyes and wishing him well, I would never get the opportunity in Australia.”
As someone who used to live there, I can tell you I completely understand why the Saints chose to hold their pre-season camp in Boulder. So many sunny days in a visually spectacular location.
I wonder if anybody out there in the expat world has encountered athletes or celebrities abroad and what the reaction was like if you approached them? People do tend to act a bit different away from home sometimes, right?