Helping Michael win gold

ANY thoughts that the only Olympic medal won at Beijing by a local was by Emma Moffatt could be quickly put to bed.

Yesterday paralympian Michael Anderson departed on a chartered flight for Beijing where he is considered a strong chance of getting a medal, a gold one at that.

The swimmer from Raleigh has had a great build-up to the games and now it's a matter of him diving into the pool and performing.

While he is so far away, Telstra announced that Coffs Coast residents can show Anderson that they're right behind him in his quest for gold by sending a Hero Message.

To get behind Anderson or anyone else in the Paralympic team, people on the Coffs Coast can send a text, picture or video message of support from their mobile phone to 0458 MY HERO or go online at

As someone who's been there and done it before, paralympic champion Kurt Fearnley yesterday said that receiving messages of support when the athletes are so far from home makes a massive difference to them.

“It's an incredible feeling to be supported by other Australians and Telstra HeroMessage lets fans cheer us on while we're competing away from home,” Fearnley said.

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