Sasha and his CQ connections welcomed
ROCKHAMPTON'S Sasha Belogonoff was truly touched at sharing the spotlight with a personal hero.
To the Rio Olympic silver medallist, being a dignified guest alongside Anna Meares was humbling.
Anna was an athlete he grew up watching and re-called with a smile, visions of her celebrating the multiple feats.
"I have often said that I don't get too emotional, but I remember when I was watching Anna kill it in Beijing it was a bit more special to me than any other athlete,” Sasha revealed.
"Just having that Central Queensland connection is special.
"Anna was someone who showed to me, that you can come from Rocky and actually do well at the Olympics.
"So to be here tonight as she receives the keys to a city which is so significant to me is pretty special.
"I would love to say I have received the keys to Rockhampton one day.”
Since the highlight of his life in Brazil, Sasha has un-wound with friends and family, content to be "back home”.
He has spent time at the Grammar boat shed, observing the latest generation of rowers coming through the Beef City.
"It is awesome seeing the kids who were in the position that I was in 10 years ago now and really enjoying the sport.
"Seeing how much bigger the sport is here now is great.
"I try and give them a little bit of input but more observing really.”