SOAPBOX: And then the other shoe drops ...
IT'S a bit like the anticlimax at the end of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when then IOC president chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch announced that they had been "the best Games ever".
We cheered and whooped it up ... before the realisation that, having taken 60 and 104 years of "modern games" to be held in Australia, we may not see them again for another century, or at least the foreseeable future.
Yesterday's Surf Life Saving Australia's announcement that the world's biggest surf sports carnival - the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships - returns to Western Australia in 2018 would not be welcomed by too many east coast surf sports competitors.
The logistics of getting competitors, coaches and supporters, officials and craft may have been worked out by surf life saving clubs following championships held at Scarborough in 2009 and 2014. But the sheer cost to clubs and individuals of getting to Perth - when the numbers game has most of them living from Cairns to Sydney - is always a burden.
And while negotiations for the host beach is always done well in advance, the announcement only serves to reinforce one sad fact: while Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore were praised for hosting The Aussies in April, we may wait a long time before we host them again. All we can do is implore Sunshine Coast Council, Visit Sunshine Coast and business groups to do whatever it takes to see this major event on the sporting calendar, that injects huge amounts into the local economy, returns when negotiations begin for hosts after 2022.