Shane thrilled to be close to fame



ROCKHAMPTON'S Shane Whitney has been to some of the world's best sporting events but nothing compares to his experience at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

Sitting in the front row at the MCG, Shane, 53, was caught up in the euphoria of John Steffensen's thrilling 400m gold medal win for Australia.

"That was one of the most special sporting events I've seen,'' he said yesterday on his way to last night's boxing program.

"I was in the A ticket in the A row right on the finish line ? his (Steffensen) partner and family were sitting right beside us.''

As Steffensen celebrated his groundbreaking Games success ? it was the first time Australia had won a men's 400m medal at Commonwealth level since Darren Clark claimed gold at Auckland in 1990 ? Shane and his youngest daughter, Katie, 22, soaked up the atmosphere.

"This is the first Commonwealth Games we've been to and it's just fantastic,'' said the well-known Rockhampton rugby union identity, who was spotted among the celebrations on WIN TV's Games coverage.

"You couldn't hear anything.''

The Whitneys, who were in the 10th row for the opening ceremony and have also attended hockey, boxing and the rugby 7s at the Games, will be trackside again at the athletics tonight and tomorrow night.



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