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South Steyne Ferry seeking a new home

The South Steyne is seeking a new home after an 8 month absence from Darling Harbour. The ferry was the site of Spirit of Sydney Lunch gatherings until late 2014, but was discontinued as a venue for the group due to unexplained price rises.


Read the SMH story on the fate of the South Steyne ferry



Rio 2016 Village News – Spirit of Sydney

Spirit of Sydney members Barbara and Laurie Smith have been featured in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Village News. See image.

rio 2016 village news barbara and laurie smith olympic games experience

Portuguese Phrases for Rio 2016

By Courtesy of the Australian Olympic Committee here are some common Portuguese phrases to use when in Rio.







Saying hello
• Bom dia – Good morning
• Boa tarde – Good afternoon
• Boa noite – Good night
• Como vai? – How are you? (formal)
• Bem, obrigado (men) or obrigada (women) – Fine thank you
• Tudo Bem? – How are you? (informal)
• Oi, tudo bem? – Hi, how are you? (informal)
• Tudo bem, e você? – Yes, everythings good, and you?
• É um prazer conhecê-lo – It’s a pleasure to meet you

Saying goodbye
• Tchau! – Bye (informal)
• Até logo! – Goodbye (formal)
• Até amanhã! – See you tomorrow

Other useful phrases
• Obrigado (male), Obrigada (female) – Thank you
• De nada (informal), Não há de quê (formal) – You’re welcome
• Onde está … – Where is …
• Que horas são? – What time is it?
• Compreende? or Entende? – Do you understand?
• Não entendo – I don’t understand
• Fala inglês? – Do you speak English?
• Este senhor pagará tudo/ Esta senhora pagará tudo – This gentleman will pay for everything/This lady will pay for everything

Local experssions
• Lindo maravilhoso! – (or linda, maravilhosa) literally means beautiful, marvelous, and is used to mean amazing, fantastic, really awesome, etc.
• Fique tranquilo – It means literally, stay calm or be calm, and it is a common way for Brazilians to help one another to deal with stressful situations. It conveys optimism and caring
• Fala sério! – This means, you’ve got to be kidding! The direct translation is talk seriously!
• Estar com a macaca – the literal translation is “being with the monkey”!! It means to be bad tempered
• . . . pra caramba! – This is used at the end of a sentence to magnify or exaggerate whatever is said. For example, if you say “I was late” (Eu estava atrasado), you can also say, “I was really, really late” (Eu estava atrasado pra caramba!)

General sport terms:

• Olympic – Olímpicos
• Paralympic – Paralímpicos
• Athletes – Atletas
• Sports – Esportes
• Ball – Bola
• Game – Jogo
• Fast – Rápido
• Slow – Devagar
• Let’s go! Come on! – Bora!
• Class, quality, skill – Categoria

Sport by Sport: 
• Archery – Tiro com Arco
• Artistic Gymnastics – Ginástica Artística
• Athletics – Atletismo
• Badminton – Badminton
• Basketball – Basquetebol
• Beach Volleyball – Vôlei de Praia
• BMX Cycling – Ciclismo BMX
• Boxing – Boxe
• Canoe Slalom – Canoagem Slalom
• Canoe Sprint – Canoagem Velocidade
• Diving – Saltos Ornamentais
• Equestrian Dressage – Hipismo Adestramento
• Equestrian Eventing – Hipismo CCE
• Equestrian Jumping – Hipismo Saltos
• Fencing – Esgrima
• Football – Futebol
• Freestyle Wrestling – Luta Estilo Livre
• Golf – Golfe
• Greco-Roman Wrestling – Luta Greco-Romana
• Handball – Handebol
• Hockey – Hóquei sobre Grama
• Judo – Judô
• Marathon Swimming – Maratonas Aquáticas
• Modern Pentathlon – Pentatlo Moderno
• Mountain Bike – Ciclismo Mountain Bike
• Rhythmic Gymnastics – Ginástica Rítmica
• Road Cycling – Ciclismo de Estrada
• Rowing – Remo
• Rugby – Rugby
• Sailing – Vela
• Shooting – Tiro Esportivo
• Swimming – Natação
• Synchronised Swimming – Nado Sincronizado
• Table Tennis – Tênis de Mesa
• Taekwondo – Taekwondo
• Tennis – Tênis
• Track Cycling – Ciclismo de Pista
• Trampoline Gymnastics – Ginástica de Trampolim
• Triathlon – Triatlo
• Volleyball – Voleibol
• Weightlifting – Levantamento de Peso

Spirit of Sydney Lunch – Liesel Tesch Paralympian

The Spirit of Sydney Volunteers Group recently held another successful lunch at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on board the historic South Steyne ferry.

We were privileged to host Australian Paralympian Liesel Tesch AM who has represented Australia in Basketball and Sailing at six consecutive Paralympic Games.

Liesel spoke of her triumphs and struggles she experienced on her way to Bronze, Silver (Basketball) and Gold (Sailing) medals at the games.


After an excellent lunch served by the friendly staff on board the South Steyne Ferry Function Centre, the Spirit of Sydney Group assembled for a team photo with Liesel who happened to be celebrating her birthday the same day. Congratulations Liesel and HAPPY BIRTHDAY !