The new face of football

Posted on February 26th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

As it turns out, I just maybe the next face of football in WA, and really, why shouldn’t I be. At chemogym today and I am doing my 5-minute marathon on the exercise bike when the gym owner/chemogym coordinator introduces me to a photographer. He asks me and another chemogym member if we would mind having our photo taken for with some football player to promote a fundraising football match this weekend.

So they were just waiting for another football player to rock up and before I know it I have my arms around a guy in a football jumper (no, of course I don’t know his name), looking at him in adoration as he rides one of the exercise bikes (a very natural pose of course- to be riding an exercise bike while two cancer patients have their arms around your neck). Should be in The West Australian newspaper this week sometime.

So I am just letting people know that it is actually me in the photo. The fact that I am in a gym hugging a football player shouldn’t throw you. This is the new me. Well, this is the ‘me’ that readers of the West Australian newspaper will see anyway. I can imagine that I will be stopped in the street for years to come as people say “Hey, aren’t you that football fanatic who works out really hard in gyms?” Yep, that’s me.

The downside is that I will have to purchase copies of The West Australian this week. I have been boycotting this ‘publication’ as much as I can recently as it continues to insult my intelligence and the intelligence of many others older than 9.

I had a meeting with the specialist today and all is well. Treatment seems to be going well and I start my 3rd cycle of chemo on Thursday. My energy levels are up and I feel kind of mobile most of the time. I’ve got a headache on my mind at the moment which can take its toll, but other than that, I feel good.

13 comments.

Katie

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

I just wanted to be first to write something tho have nothing of value to say given that I know even less about footy than you do…if that’s possible. I do like watching the fights. Does that count as watching a game?
I have also decided to boycott all gyms in future because exercising in them should be labelled a form of punishment and the last one I joined cost one hundred and something pounds for 3 months, I went 3 times, and now refuse to calculate a price per visit because it would inspire me to dive into the deep end of their 1m swimming pool – right next to the no diving sign – on the hope I do indeed hit my head on the bottom (or worse swim too slowly in the fast lane) in despair. (breathe here)
Going to pilates classes, I have decided, within a gym does NOT count as ‘gyming’ so long as it is in a totally enclosed, circular, floor-to-ceiling, mirrored room thereby blocking all chance of making eye contact with a crazed lunatic completing a hill setting on Level 10 of an exercise bike. Anyone 50 mins into said torture should REALLY ask themselves when they are going to need to be able to cycle up the 7 tallest peaks of South Africa in under 55mins while keeping their heart rate below 120.
Fortunately these days my finances will ensure that I don’t succumb to the gym bug again while commons sense would not. It’s like childbirth, after a while you forget the pain and go back for more.

Cam

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

Couldn’t agree with you more K, although I am going to trust you on the childbirth comparison. I guess people are looking at me, wondering who the crazed lunatic is who is doing 30 reps lifting a broomstick. I am pretty sure, however, that my heart rate is staying below 120 whilst doing so.

cons

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

I love that you’re going to be in the state paper, in a gym, canoodling up to a football player! Its like the whole ‘Lord I will do anything for you and go anywhere for you….just don’t send me to Africa!’. lol Cam you better be careful what else you say on this blog, because I think God is a big reader too.

God

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

Sorry Cons but….. what the hell???
How has Cam going to the gym and doing a photoshoot with a football player got anything to do with “Lord I will do anything for you… etc” ???
and yes… I do enjoy a read every now and then

The Hoppies

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

Hhmmm… What a great read, Cam!
See, I much rather read your blog daily than buying the intelligence insulting ‘state paper’ with its millions of ads. Here I always get a good read, something humorous, something deep to think about, and something that is thoroughly brain stimulating (always with really good English, Grammar and story telling…my Swiss brain enjoys it immensely!)
AND I’m also allowed to be part of my friends’ lives! It’s no comparison to reading the boring paper.
Well, today we might make an exception and get the West Australian, the kids won’t wanna miss seeing a picture of the new you: the football fanatic who works out really hard in gyms.
Love and Blessings to both of you.
The Hoppies

South Georgia Redneck

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

Glad to see your spirits up dopey!!! I just hope you weren’t wearing anything skimpy(kinda like the slingshot lookin apparatus you had on in your last gym photo) when you were hugging another guy in a gym:)

Tentring

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

Cam, Are you sure your new found interest in footballers is not just a quest to score some better drugs than the ones the doctor gives you?

cons

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

God? Is that you? No my amusement is Cam not being a gym or football person and then being being photographed for the paper at the gym with a football personality. ;-)

Cam

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

Dear South Georgia Redneck, you will be glad to hear that I have based my workout gear on American style. If you can imagine a mixture of Richard Simmons, mid-eighties Bon Jovi and Redneck fashion. It is basically a combination of lycra, big hair, bare chest, leg warmers, a big belt buckle and a truckers cap perched high on my head (now let your imagination run wild). I draw the line at chewing tobacco whilst working out though (considered bad form to spit when on the cross trainer)

Toddy

Comment on February 27th, 2008.

It’s probably ok that you don’t know who the footy player was (wasn’t Embers wearing a different shirt, was it?) – he probably didn’t recognise you either, as you are hard to pick when wearing that trucker cap.

So you’ll read (?) the Waste and say, “oh – it was … !” and he’ll read(?) the Waste and say, “Oh – it was Cam!!”

Trust me – it will be a pivotal moment in your day.

Stay well.

South Georgia Redneck

Comment on February 28th, 2008.

Throw some blue eye shadow in there and you’ll have the look that dreams are made of! Some call them nightmares. Like this one time at a truck stop there was a guy named Billy Joe and he cornered me in the malt liquor section of the store…man…what a night.

Rachel W

Comment on February 29th, 2008.

Ah I have been awaiting your face in the paper all week and finally …. There it is! You look suitably adoring of your football hero (the one you don’t know the name of (-:). Hope you have a good long weekend… I will be in Albany.. yay.

Cam

Comment on February 29th, 2008.

Lucky you Rachel! It would have been another great week this week to be in Albs, escaping the heat. But who needs an excuse anyway?!
I haven’t seen the paper yet, but I will stand by the phones now and wait for calls from all the major football sponsors and possibly body building magazines for the requests to do other photo shoots.

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