Get me on TV, urges Lawrence on her Olympics blog

LOCAL Olympic hopeful Jacqui Lawrence of Old Bonalbo has urged fans to lobby Olympic broadcasters SBS and Channel 7 to show more of her sport during the Games.

The slalom kayaker is posting blogs from Beijing on her website www.lawrencesisters.com.au featuring news, information and photographs of her exploits overseas and those of her two younger sisters, Kate and Rosalyn, who have also represented Australia.

Lawrence will be in action tomorrow at about 6pm local time in the K1 slalom at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Park north of Beijing.

She's just uncertain whether anyone will be watching.

“There will be some TV coverage of our events. SBS is showing highlights of the slalom heats on Wednesday,” Lawrence said on her blog.

“Channel 7 seem to have a schedule with all the sports, but I haven't worked out whether that means they'll actually be showing the slalom.”

Lawrence urged fans to call or email the two television networks and ask them to highlight the slalom events.

“During the last Olympics, SBS covered the slalom but weren't initially going to show the finals,” she said.

“We asked all slalom fans to call SBS and say how wonderful the coverage of canoe slalom was, and that they'd really like to see the finals. And it worked.”

If the cameras do descend on the slalom course it should be easy to pick out Lawrence, who will be wearing the number 11 bib and start at number 11 in the preliminary round.

Lawrence will be squeezed between a competitor from the Netherlands and another from Italy.

So far, the Olympic experience has been one big occasion after another for the 26-year-old. She highlighted the Australian flag raising ceremony in the Olympic village last week which was attended by celebrities including Princess Mary of Denmark, entertainers Natalie Bassingthwaite, Shannon Noll, former Wallaby John Eales, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former PM John Howard.

Lawrence also got to march in the opening ceremony at the main Olympic stadium, otherwise known unofficially as the 'Bird's Nest'.

“Although it involved a lot of waiting and we didn't get to watch the show, it was worth it for the march into the stadium,” she said.

“Absolutely amazing!”



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