Thursday, 22 July, 2021
Brisbane Olympics here we come!; Bear tries its hand at Olympic softball; Bucks win NBA final; and gaming comes to Netflix.
The Giannis Antetokounmpo story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zECQBBpoU8A
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And the winner is…. Brisbane! At a special ceremony in Tokyo last night, the Queensland capital was named as the host city for the 2032 Olympic Games (cheer) … Does it get more exciting than that?
There were celebrations throughout the River City – which is the name Brissie sometimes goes by – as the 2.3 million residents of Australia’s third largest city came to grips with the news that in 11 years’ time, they would be hosting the biggest sporting event in the world.
The last time Australia hosted an Olympic Games was in the year 2000 – in Sydney. And before that, it was Melbourne in the year 1956.
There were no other cities in the race for the 2032 Games – which made it something of a foregone conclusion – but nothing could dampen the excitement that came with the official confirmation.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … 11 years is plenty of time for all of us to pick a sport and start training hard with a view to wearing the green and gold Brisbane and winning a medal for our country. I’m thinking either skateboarding or rhythmic gymnastics for me.
Because the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is tomorrow, and because the Brisbane Olympics are now officially confirmed for 2032 (cheer) – we’re getting into the Olympic spirit here at Squiz Kids with the release today of a super-excellent Squiz Kids Olympics Q+A … featuring Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington and Olympic pole vaulter, Emma George.
Tune in to learn what it’s like to compete at an Olympics, what sort of training is required to go up against the world’s best, and who they think is the greatest Olympic hero of all time.
If you’re listening on a podcast app – the Q+A should play straight after this episode of Squiz Kids Today. Otherwise, you can find it on our website – squizkids.com.au.
And finally: while we’re in the sports bunker: now’s the perfect time to check out Sport Today – the revamped daily sports news podcast from our sporty colleagues at Squiz HQ. It’s the essential daily digest for anyone wanting a quick hit of sports news and analysis. Search Sport Todayfor it wherever you get your podcasts.
SPIN THE GLOBE
Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in Japan – where else? Where the first game of the Tokyo Olympics was thrown into a mild state of chaos after a bear invaded the playing field.
Olympic officials at the softball pitch in the town of Fukishima were on high alert in the hours leading up to the first competition to kick off the Games – a softball match between host country Japan and Australia. A bear had been spotted roaming about the stadium. Fireworks were let off and loud music blasted in an attempt to scare the bear away.
As for the match: it was an awesome outcome … if you’re a fan of the Japanese softball team. Australia lost by 8-1. At least no one ran into a bear while trying to steal first base.
Here’s a name you’re going to want to remember — assuming it isn’t already burned into your brain. Giannis Antetokounmpo … the 2m 11cm tall star forward of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team yesterday nabbed himself a spot in the sporting history books helping his team win the NBA championship and scoring 50 points along the way.
Known as the Greek Freak – for the fact he was born in Greece to parents who come from Nigeria, in Africa, plus the fact he is freakishly tall and talented – Giannis was awarded Most Valuable Player of the finals series – which saw his team win its first title in 50 years – beating the Phoenix Suns by 105 points to 98.
I’ve stuck a link in today’s episode notes to an excellent video about Giannis’ back story …
POP CULTURE CORNER
As if you needed another excuse to spend even more time on Netflix … the streaming company yesterday announced plans to keep your eyeballs glued to their screens even longer— by offering video games as part of their subscription, too.
Netflix already dipped its toe into the gaming world with the launch of a Stranger Things game last year – which was playable on XBox and PlayStation – but now, it’s planning to host games right there on the Netflix platform itself. So you never have to leave .. Your parents will be delighted.
The company said it wants to stop losing customers to Fortnite and Xbox … so it’s exploring making more games inspired by Netflix shows, as well as licensing existing games. Licensing means paying money to someone for the right to use their content.
Which TV show would you like to see made into a video game? I’m trying to imagine how a Nailed It! game would work… those terrible attempts at cakes make me laugh out loud.
This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …
- What year will Brisbane host the Olympic Games?
- What sort of animal made an unwelcome appearance at an Olympic softball game yesterday?
- What’s the name of the team that won this year’s NBA basketball championship?
It’s July 22 … World Brain Day … where we celebrate how marvelous is the human brain … it’s also World Boxing Day … which is kind of funny when you think about it …
It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today ..
Lucas from Abbotsford, Jack from Dalby, Clara from Marsfield, William from Canberra, Elliot from Yarraville, Janette from West Pennant Hills, Jocelyn from Sydney, Olivia from Epping and Lily from North Ryde.
And a belated birthday shout out to …George from Tamworth.
Don’t forget – while so many of us are in lockdown around the country – we’re sending out Home Learning Herograms.. And today’s Herograms go to Ms Costa from Forestville Public School – whose class 6C want to thank for working so hard for them all during their online schooling. A herogram also to classes 6 G&L at Eastwood Public School, from your teacher Ms Griffiths – who says you are all working so hard – she hopes this little message cheers you up and reminds you thatas isolating as it may feel in lockdown, you are not alone.
And finally a classroom shout out to class 3/4 Banksia and Miss Hurrell at Westport Public School in Port Macquarie, who fortunately are not in lockdown and have been waiting very patiently for their classroom shout out. Thanks to everyone who has sent in a classroom shout out request. The list is long and working our way through it .. thanks so much for being patient.
The S’Quiz Answers:
- A bear
- Milwaukee Bucks