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Australian sports minister Kate Ellis has honoured her Olympic bet with British counterpart Gerry Sutcliffe.

The pair had wagered on their nations' final positions in the Beijing medals table, and Ellis lost out as Team GB won 19 golds to Australia's 14.

She therefore accepted the ultimate humilation for an Aussie sports fan by donning a Team GB top during a visit to the Paralympic Games in China.

"Kate's a great sport to honour our bet," said Sutcliffe.

"But after all, we did win fair and square, with our fantastic athletes proving just how good our elite sport can be.

"The bet was a bit of light-hearted fun, but I'm thrilled that we had such unprecedented success at the Olympics, putting us in fourth position ahead of great sporting nations like Australia."

Ellis was magnanimous in defeat.

"It's great that there's a healthy rivalry between our two nations and I congratulate Great Britain on their success at the Olympics," she said.

"I'll eat a little humble pie along with the Australian team and we'll work a little harder for our future success."

Sutcliffe added: "We've had a great start at the Paralympics with Great Britain third in the medal table at the moment.

"I'm sure we'll go on to do really well and I wish our athletes every success for the rest of the Games."

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Australian sports minister Kate Ellis has honoured her Olympic bet with British counterpart Gerry Sutcliffe.

The pair had wagered on their nations' final positions in the Beijing medals table, and Ellis lost out as Team GB won 19 golds to Australia's 14.

She therefore accepted the ultimate humilation for an Aussie sports fan by donning a Team GB top during a visit to the Paralympic Games in China.

"Kate's a great sport to honour our bet," said Sutcliffe.

"But after all, we did win fair and square, with our fantastic athletes proving just how good our elite sport can be.

"The bet was a bit of light-hearted fun, but I'm thrilled that we had such unprecedented success at the Olympics, putting us in fourth position ahead of great sporting nations like Australia."

Ellis was magnanimous in defeat.

"It's great that there's a healthy rivalry between our two nations and I congratulate Great Britain on their success at the Olympics," she said.

"I'll eat a little humble pie along with the Australian team and we'll work a little harder for our future success."

That's Aussie and Brit humour at its best! The kind of good-humoured and friendly rivalry we look forward to seeing! :D

I wonder if there's been a similar bet for the Paralympics? ;)

Sutcliffe added: "We've had a great start at the Paralympics with Great Britain third in the medal table at the moment.

Currently second according to the BBC's website: B)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_spor...ble/default.stm

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Australia encourages athletes to 'Rip the Brits to bits' in Olympic ad campaign

LONDON - The Australian government has released an internet video featuring the strap line "Let's rip those Brits to bits in London 2012", which aims to motivate potential Aussie athletes ahead of the London Olympics.

The 80-second video stars a British hoodie mocking the Australians for their lack of sporting talent and dismal chances for golds at the next Olympics.

He says: "I'll call you an Aussie muppet. You aint got what it takes son. The only gold you'll be picking up will be from a chocolate wrapper. Jog on.

"Oh, you might pick up something in diving. Yeah. Diving in football."

The hoodie, who is labelled as a "Brit with a mouth as wide as the Thames", goes on to say, "You won't win nothing Aussie, nothing, zilch. So mate, you may as well stay home. Because there's no way you're making it to London".

The video ends with the strap line: "Let's rip the Brits to bits in London 2012".

It was emailed to about 280,000 Australian athletes aged between 12 and 29 and encourages them to register their interest with the Australian Sports Commission.

The Australian government has said the film was not meant as an insult to the British, but as a light-hearted skit.

David Packwood, spokesman for the Australian Sports Commission, said: "We're not having a pop at you Brits. This is our way of getting Australians off their backsides and thinking, jeez, I might be able to be in London in 2012.

"The hoodie was not chosen to represent the British in any way. He was chosen to try to bait the Aussies. The idea was to stir up Australians, to say, 'The British are serious. What are you going to do about it?'."

The video comes after Australia was beaten by the UK in the medal tally at this year's Beijing Olympics. The UK finished with 19 gold medals to Australia's 14.

Following the Beijing triumph, UK tabloid The Sun sponsored vans to drive around Sydney and London featuring the slogan "Where the bloody hell were you?", a spin-off from the Australian government's 2006 ad campaign - "So where the bloody hell are you?"

http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/867896/A...ic-ad-campaign/

^ You can watch the video here. It's very funny; I'm trying to figure out his accent!!

As if us finishing higher than you in the medals table wasn't enough! Things must be bad down under, this is comedy gold!

:lol: :lol:

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