Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
There is a new polar research ship part of the UK’s fleet. The RRS Sir David Attenborough completed its basic sea trials on Wednesday as it came up the Thames through the Woolwich Barrier and is now tied up in our borough! This is the same ship that was set to be called Boaty McBoatFace, but was overruled by Ministers. The boat is 129m long and will soon be heading to the Antarctica for the new austral summer research season around November 18th.
This news story has been timed well for what today is! A road in Ipswich has been haunted by the continuous haunting of hearing the “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring” nursery rhyme. Sung by a child often late at night, officials couldn’t find out where it was coming from which began in 2017. Ipswich Borough Council sent out a rapid response team to the scene, and they finally found the cause of the singing. Someone had set a motion alarm at Farthing Road Industrial Estate and spiders were setting off the alarms. Four years of hauntings have been debunked!
Josh Cavallo, a defender for Adelaide United has come out as gay. He announced this on Wednesday, and has racked up support from all around the world. At the moment, he is the only openly gay footballer across the top flight of any football league across the world.
Josh says: “I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay. It’s been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out. Adelaide United has made me realise football is more than just a game – it is a family.”
Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kosmina spoke: “I want to say how proud we are to support Josh on his journey. Today is not only a significant day in Josh’s life, but it is a historic moment for Australian football. It is remarkably brave for Josh to share his story and we hope that his leadership and courage will pave the way for more footballers to do the same in the future. As a Club, we pride ourselves on giving our players the opportunity to be their best and we will continue to support Josh in fulfilling his football and personal potential.”
Head Coach, Carl Veart added: “Josh is a tremendous young man and has shown incredible courage to be one of very few professional sportsmen to be this brave. I’m very proud of him. I have nothing but admiration and support for him, as do all the players and coaching staff. He has, and will always be, a valued and respected part of our team and our Club. I want all my players to feel comfortable and happy being their own person, on and off the park. For Josh to be the best he can be and get the most out of his career, he needs the freedom to be himself and I fully support him.”
Ross Aloisi, assistant head coach also said: “Before Josh spoke with me, it was clear he was living with an incredible burden and unimaginable pain. To see Josh today, with that weight lifted off his shoulders, it makes me proud of how brave a man he is. Josh’s mental health and well-being is the most important thing to us as his coaches and teammates. Josh will always be Josh to us.”
Winger, Ben Halloran had this to add: “Josh can be really proud of himself. It takes great courage to take this step seeing as it’s, sadly, still very rare in the sporting world for men to come out. I’m happy for Josh that he feels comfortable to open up while being a part of Adelaide United. Hopefully Josh’s decision to share this part of himself can inspire others to do the same in the future.”
Josh's Truth pic.twitter.com/NKSEP2kVWV— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) October 27, 2021