Aussie Legend of the Week: Hiccups are no obstacle to patriotism


This video has already gone viral.  Young Ethan Hall was lucky enough to get the opportunity to sing the national anthem before a baseball game between Adelaide Bite and the Brisbane Bandits on Friday night.

But the bain of singers everywhere, the hiccups, struck just as he was getting underway.  Anybody who has been in a situation like this knows that all you want to do is jump in a hole and hide.  But rather than looking for the nearest shovel, young Ethan battled on, against the odds, and sang the entire anthem, hiccupping all the way through.

The players, officials and the crowd rewarded his pluck with a big ovation and high fives, and he has since had multiple interviews, in Australia and abroad. Best of all, he earned himself a day off school.

And given the brilliant mix of sport, patriotism and (young) manly courage, this story has all the ingredients to keep Greens Senator Two-Dads cringing for a week.

If you are looking for guts and determination, look no further than this young man, who passed a “character building experience” with flying colours.

Congratualtions Ethan Hall, Aussie Legend.

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David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.