My name is Jade Govett and for my 36th birthday I was lucky enough to make one of my dreams come true by attending the Melbourne Cup.
For many years now I have wanted to go but due to different circumstances it hasn’t happened until now!
After months of planning and saving we headed off to Brisbane to make the big flight to Melbourne. The airport was very busy and exciting to finally see the big plane I was about to fly on. I overcame lots of challenges by getting in lifts, going on escalators, and the flight itself all of which ended up being fun. We arrived in Melbourne and picked up our hire car headed to our accommodation where I had my own room which was very nice with sliding doors and a courtyard. We all headed to bed after going out for Asian dinner, everyone very tired, but excited for the next day.
This is me with the beautiful roses:
This was one of the jockeys:
We were up early the next morning and we all got dolled up and I looked really pretty with my fascinator on. It is the first time I have ever worn one. Then we headed off to Flemington Racecourse with lots of traffic around us and people directing us where to go in the carpark which just happened to be in the middle of the racetrack! We then headed off and we were surrounded by lots of beautiful rose bushes and greenery. There were lots and lots of people and everyone looked very pretty.
Then I saw a “New York Hotdog” stand and was so excited because I love America and American foods. After my hotdog and drink we walked over and looked at the horses and was lucky enough to get my photo with a jockey that had just raced. He was very short! I also got my photo in front of the Melbourne cup arch gates that I have always seen on TV.
I loved watching the races with the horses thundering past the finish line, you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! After such a fun time at the races we headed off to the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium and I saw my favourite penguins. They were very entertaining to watch and I took lots of photos. The rest of the afternoon we spent at St Kilda where we went to Luna Park where I went on the Ghost train and I screamed but it was good fun, we also went on a tram ride. We did some shopping as well and had dinner before heading back to our accommodation. What a great day!
This is me with my support workers Kayte and Sally:
This is me with my American “Krispy Kreme” donut: