Brent, ever the perfectionist, rues a mistake at training in Melbourne this week.
Brent, ever the perfectionist, rues a mistake at training in Melbourne this week.

My son, the perfectionist

By DAVID LEMS In Melbourne

"HE'S just got that will. He's a perfectionist."

Proud Grafton dad Barry Livermore is one of the best qualified people to explain from where son Brent's remarkable resolve comes.

Having witnessed first-hand how his Australian hockey-playing son has defied a series of setbacks, Barry enjoys every family moment together ? especially in Australia.

With a family reunion on offer, the Commonwealth Games was a tournament too tempting to refuse.

Barry and wife Sue are leaving today, bound for Melbourne.

After a stopover in Canberra, they plan to be in the Games city in time for Brent's first match on Friday night.

Brent's sister, Bree, is also planning to fly down on Monday to join the Livermore fan club.

"They (the Kookaburras) don't play much at home," Barry said, delighted about the impending Games experience.

"We haven't seen a lot of them since the Olympics and Athens, so it's been pretty hard."

But like his hometown of Grafton, the Livermores will be watching keenly as the next chapter of Brent's remarkable life unfolds.

"It's enormous what he's done," Barry said. "You don't expect these things to happen, but it's just surreal at the moment.

"He doesn't let anything beat him."



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