On Thursday 2nd July 2009------(almost nine years after the event
They are terrific !! ......
HERE--to go to that Video Albumn
- The Australian Olympic Committee - and other "official" letters and information
#01 - "Congratulations on your selection" letter from the AOC - Tuesday 22nd August 2000
#02 - "Congratulations on your performance" letter from the AOC - 26th October 2000
#03 - Official Participation Certificate
#04 - Official Participation Certificate - Baseball - Australia finished in seventh place
#05 - The Olympians Club of Queensland - details of the "Olympians Celebration 2000 Dinner"
#06 - Invitation the the above Dinner - to be held on Wednesday 22nd November 2000 - at this Dinner all athletes are to be presented with their Official Participation Pin - Brett was unable to attend (in Cairns), and his pin was presented at a later stage
#07 - "Two free return flights to any destination"!!! - a gift from the major sponsor, Ansett Airlines - unfortunately Ansett went "bust" before Brett was able to go anywhere!!!
#08 - "Congratulations on competing" letter from the Queensland Academy of Sport - Wednesday 1st November 2000
- The lead-up to the Olympics
#01 - "Roneberg in line for selection" - in the training squad - article from the Cairns Post - Saturday 29th July 2000
#02 - color photograph which was published with the above article ..........a nice photo
#03 - SELECTED!!! - "Baseballers in Olympic Team" - article from the Cairns Post - Friday 25th August 2000
#04 - a notice from the Brevard County Manatees web site - Brett was still in the USA when the final selections were made
#05 - "On Games duty" - an article from the Cairns Post - Saturday 26th August 2000
#06 - is now the only representative from Cairns in the Olympics - article from the Cairns Post - Saturday 2nd September 2000
#07 - "Manatees player hopes Olympics in off-season plans" - article from the Florida Today paper - includes interview with Brett, photos, and comments from the Marlins - Sunday 3rd September 2000
- Return to Cairns from the United States
Flying to Cairns from the USA, Brett arrives on Saturday 2nd September 2000 - he then departs to join up with the Olympic team on Monday 4th September 2000 - while in Cairns, he is going to play in the local competition and will suit up for Cubs against Reds
#01 - "Coup for Cubs with Olympian on roster" - a pre-game article from the Cairns Post - Thursday 31st August 2000
#02 - "Cubs get boost from Roneberg" - another pre-game article from the Cairns Post - Saturday 2nd September 2000
#03 - the game - five photos - Brett being interviewed, Geoff and Sharon, Sharon scoring, Brett with bat and ball
#04 - the game - four photos - Cubs team photo - Brett at bat and running - and on the mound to pitch the last inning!!!
#05 - the game - three photos - Brett on deck swinging and in the batter's box
#06 - post-game report from the Cairns Post - Brett got a couple of hits, and Cubs lost the game!!!
- Departing Cairns for the Olympic Games!!!
#01 - "A proud Olympian - there'll be chills when I take to the field" - from the Cairns Post - Monday 4th September 2000 ..........a great article and photo!!!
#02 - Brett checking through at Cairns Airport - and Geoff and Tanya - six photos - Monday 4th September 2000
- The Australian Team
#01 - "Australia finalises Olympic Baseball Team" - complete roster and report on the team - Monday 11th September 2000
#02 - "......the team includes durable Cairns first baser......" - article from the Adelaide Advertiser - Friday 25th August 2000
#03 - the official Team photograph
#04 - another team photo, with the players wearing their Olympic track-suits
- Player Profiles
#01 - various profiles were released on each of the Olympic athletes - this page contains excerpts from Brett's, and details his career "in brief"
- The Olympic Village
#01 - the Village streets, and athlete's cabins
#02 - the cabins, and Brett's bed and area!!! - the athletes were able to keep the "Sydney 2000" doona!!!
#03 - the athletes' bus - and the Olympic Rings in the gardens - in both photos, the Olympic Flame can be seen in the background
Towards the end of the Olympics, the Australians started to decorate their cabins!!!
- Clothing and Uniforms
For the Olympics
#01 - "Blazer Induction Ceremony" - 15th September 2000
#02 - The formal suit - two photos of Brett ..........nice photos
#03 - Opening Ceremony uniform - and also worn during the Athletes' Parade after the Olympics ..........two great photos
#04 - Closing Ceremony uniform
#01 - training/batting practise uniform - two photos ..........two nice photos taken out front of the athlete's cabins
#02 - game uniform - #17!!!
#03 - player's cap
#04 - Olympic baseball supporter's cap
After the Olympics, Brett had a display unit made up for a few items - including a jersey autographed by the Australian Team, a baseball bat signed by "many and varied" athletes, various Olympic pins, etc, etc
#01 - the display unit
#02 - Brett with his Olympic souvenirs
- Baseball Venues
Olympic Baseball Stadium
#01 - aerial view of the Stadium - and the entrance sign ..........a terrific shot!!!
#02 - another aerial view
#03 - the Stadium at night ..........another great photo!!!
Blacktown Olympic Centre - Aquilina Reserve
#01 - aerial view
- The Opening Ceremony
#01 - "Hero Fax" we sent to Brett - "We will be watching!!!" - and saw him amongst the thousands of other athletes!!!
#02 - "Biggest cheers for Aussies" - an article on the Opening Ceremony from the Cairns Post
#03 - photo published with the above article - Andrew Gaze leads the Australians into Olympic Stadium
#04 - "Roneberg on a big high" - "There has been nothing better in my life than the Opening Ceremony" - an article from the Cairns Post
#05 - Brett and some of the 110.000 spectators!!!
- Brett in "The Baseball Games"
#01 - standing on first base - v Korea - Monday 18th September 2000
#02 - "Roneberg on a big high" - a win against Korea!!! - article from the Cairns Post
#03 - photo published with the above article - Brett "high-fiving" a team-mate!!! ..........a nice photo
#04 - chasing down a foul pop-up - v Japan - using his cleats as brakes, but crashed into the fence and nosed dived over it!!! - have the entire incident on video!!! - Tuesday 19th September 2000 ..........by the way, he did not get the catch!!!
#05 - playing first base - v Japan - Tuesday 19th September 2000
#06 - safe at first base - with first base coach, Greg Jelks - v Japan - Tuesday 19th September 2000
#07 - a win over South Africa - Wednesday 20th September 2000
#08 - photos taken during the game against Cuba - Brett playing first base, and includes a great stretch!!! - Friday 22nd September 2000 ..........really good photos!!!
#09 - waiting on-deck - v Cuba - and the two photos include good shots of the crowds of spectators - Friday 22nd September 2000
#10 - Brett swinging and then heading to first base - v Cuba - Friday 22nd September 2000 ..........great photos, plus you can see Brett up on the "Big Screen"!!!
#11 - playing first base, and receiving a pick-off attempt - v USA - Sunday 24th September 2000
#12 - attempting to break up a double play with a take-out slide - v USA - three photos - Sunday 24th September 2000 ..........really good photos!!!
- The Closing Ceremony
#01 - Brett with a few of the Closing Ceremony dancers
A few scenes of the Stadium and around Sydney
The Olympic Flame #1
The Olympic Flame #2
The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge - and fireworks!!!
......and more fireworks at the Bridge and Opera House
The Sydney Opera House - and some huge fireworks!!!
- With Athletes
At a "Huge Party" following the Closing Ceremony
#01 - with three of the soccer girls
#02 - with Alisha Ferguson - women's soccer team
#03 - and with Alisha again
#04 - with Tamsin Barnett - volleyball team
#05 - with one of the volleyball Gold Medallists
#06 - with Kylie (Baseball Statistician)
#07 - with Brooke Wilkens - softball team
#08 - with Melinda Gainsford-Taylor - athletics team
#09 - with one of the Swiss athletes
#10 - with a Canadian gymnast
#11 - with Daniel Kowolski - swimming team
#12 - with Tamsyn Lewis - athletics team
#13 - with Tatiana Grigorieva - pole vault
#14 - and another (different!!!) look at Tatiana!!!
#15 - and two Olympians!!!
#16 - with Angie - volleyball team
During the Athletes' Parade in Sydney on Tuesday 3rd October 2000
#01 - with team-mates and members of the women's soccer team
#02 - with Kylie (Baseball Statistician) - and a great shot of the Sydney Opera House
#03 - with Susie O'Neil - swimming team
#04 - with Angie - volleyball team
#01 - Brett in full baseball uniform with Peter Brock - Peter was the Baseball Team Liason Officer ..........a very nice photo!!!
#02 - Peter Brock, Dawn Fraser and Laurie Lawrence - at a basketball game