Steven Bradbury (right) and team-mate Chris Lewis of Vantage Homes.
Steven Bradbury (right) and team-mate Chris Lewis of Vantage Homes.

The last man standing’s epic landing at Noosa Springs

GOLD medal-winning Olympian Steven Bradbury made a rock-star entrance when he arrived in Noosa Springs on Friday morning.

Dressed all in black and sporting those all-important dark sunglasses, Bradbury stepped out of the helicopter to straight in front of a crowd of about around 120 surprised golfers.

"Landing there on the golf course with everyone watching was pretty intimidating; I don't think of myself as famous," he said.

However, he said the experience was a lot of fun.

"It was fun ... and pretty cool to get to see the Sunny Coast from the air from Maroochy airport," he said.

The former Australian short track speed skater is famous for winning the 1000m event at the 2002 winter Olympics after his opponents were caught up in a last corner pile-up. 

His feat has entered the Australian vernacular - "pulling a Bradbury" - which refers to an unexpected or unusual success.  Mr Mr Bradbury said he was more than happy to lend his celebrity status to the charity event organised by White House Celebrations.

"I have worked White House Celebrations before and they asked me to come along for the annual golf day and provide motivation and entertainment," he said.

While he didn't perform a a song or dance, Mr Bradbury did  Mr Bradbury entertained the guests with his witty stories.

"I do a combination of motivational speaking and comedy and tying in music and video with my show that I do," he said.

As for his prowess on the golf course ...

"I'm fairly naturally gifted at most sports but golf's not one of them," he joked.

"Luckily it was a four-ball ambrose event and I was in a team with three others. "You take the best shot and go from there. That allows for a dud shot every so often."

Regardless of the golfers' abilities, together their efforts on the day  they raised more than $20,000 for Sunshine Butterflies which will go towards developing Our Backyard, a respite facility at Cooroibah. Cooriobah.

A highlight of the day was an auction which included a signed Cowboys jersey that sold for $3200. - Michele Sternberg  


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