Two of the Port's representatives who competed in a Japanese marathon, as part of the sister city relationship between Port Stephens and Tateyama, have covered themselves in glory.
The women, Erin Brinkley and Angela McMillan, were on hand to assist an exhausted Japanese runner, Minoru Wada, to the finish line.
Mr Wada was able to tell his story through the Port's sister city Facebook page.
"I want to say thank you to two ladies who have helped me at the Tateyama Wakashio marathon on January 26. That day was harsh, cold and rain. I got sick, and just before the goal I lost my balance and fell. I hit my face and shoulder and my glasses were broken," he said.
"Immediately after, there was someone who supported my right arm and someone lifted my left arm. They encouraged me and supported me to the [finish line]."
Mr Wada said he had sought the women's names in order to thank them.
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