The Penguin Uniting Church is celebrating its own slice of Commonwealth Games glory.
Cyclist Amy Cure – the granddaughter of well-known parishioners Bill and Margaret Cure – won a silver medal in the scratch race and bronze in the individual pursuit at July’s Games in the Scottish city of Glasgow. She also finished fourth in the point score.
It followed her world championship win in the point score earlier this year.
Amy has been connected with the church for many years through her grandparents and is always keen for visits back to the town, which regularly lead to an open house community barbecue celebration at the home of her parents, Graeme and Delwyn.
Margaret said Amy’s success at the Games had been followed closely in the town.
“Both Bill and I have mobiles and a landline and it was not unusual for all three to be ringing at the one time (as parishioners followed Amy’s progress),’’ she said.
Margaret admitted the family was hoping for one medal but two came as a bit of a surprise even to Amy.
“She was really, really pleased and said it was an awesome experience,’’ Margaret said.
Amy – who is currently competing in Europe, is due home at the end of this month and Margaret said the couple was looking forward to catching up and sharing her success.
“It is always a very special time (when she comes home),’’ Margaret said.
Margaret said success had not changed the 21-year-old.
“She has always remained very grounded and I think that has had a lot to do with her Christian upbringing,’’ she said.
By Nigel Tapp