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5 August, 2021

Olympic honour

ROBERT (Bob) Taylor of Tolga was sitting in his Rangeview home with his wife witnessing the extraordinary efforts of Australia’s top athletes in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, efforts that brought him to tears.

By Rhys Thomas

Robert (Bob) Taylor of Tolga.

ROBERT (Bob) Taylor of Tolga was sitting in his Rangeview home with his wife witnessing the extraordinary efforts of Australia’s top athletes in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, efforts that brought him to tears. 

Stirred on by the passion and dedication our swimmers and other athletes have shown on the world stage, Mr Taylor decided to write the ‘Green and Gold Flag’ poem. 

Mr Taylor has been writing poems for over 20 years, initially a child migrant from England he never has access to formal education. 

Before moving to the Tablelands Mr Taylor was a Park Ranger in Western Australia where he grew up, a dream he had since first arriving in Australia. 

It was in Northern Australia where he fed his passion for writing while all the other young men went out, he stayed back practising on his typewriter. 

“Tears were flowing out my eyes watching the Olympics and the people winning,” Mr Taylor said. 

“It was quite exciting and emotional to watch.”


GREEN AND GOLD FLAG 

Olympics, Commonwealth, Winter and Para games 

Shine on all winners who made it to fame. 

Representing our nation, they all stood the test.

Now wearing their medals to prove their success. 

Australia’s national anthem is played loud and clear. 

One leads with our flag, so the crowds stand and cheer. 

Marching the arena with heads proud and high. 

Let the games begin with true Aussie pride.

Gold hangs on green ribbons with names inscribed. 

For the sport they played, the pride they can’t hide.

Now all share the dream they have and now hold.

Forever our winners of the great Green and Gold. 

Our Gold is bright wattle, the Green are lush leaves. 

These colours were chosen like a true Aussie dream. 

The great Southern Cross among a canopy of stars. 

Depicted on our flag, the world knows who we are.

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