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Satisfaction and stupidity: an ironman’s motives

ASK most triathletes why they’d take on an ironman, all 3.8 kilometre ocean swim, 180km bike ride and marathon run, and the answer is usually one relating to personal satisfaction following months of hard work.
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The euphoria, the feeling of accomplishment.

There’s always one, though.

“I really don’t know the answer to that question,” Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club president Steve Martin said, heading a record number of Piranhas heading to this year’s Ironman Australia event at Port Macquarie.

“The entries didn’t close out in 20 minutes, or something like they usually do, so there was a few of us who had no intention of joining, saw a few spots still open and stupidly registered ourselves.

“I guess it’s a bit of peer pressure as well. The group we’ve got sort of all said, ‘I’m in, I’m in, I’m in’, and it sort of got out of control.”

In all, 24 Orange men and women, over half of them first timers, will take on the 2013 ironman event, one of the most popular in the country.

Over 1500 people will travel, some from across the globe, to take part in the race.

The atmosphere will be electric.

“A lot of people have read into it a lot more than I have and the atmosphere is supposed to be very spectacular,” Martin added.

“There’s a lot of spectators and we’ve got over 100 Piranha supporters there. On the day it’s going to be pretty amazing, and hopefully that’ll be enough to get us through each of the three legs.”

The overall winner of the event will finish the race in nearly nine hours, while Martin expects the first Orange athlete to come in at around the 10½ hour mark.

“There’s a number of people that have been putting in 20 to 25 hours of training a week. Hopefully they get the rewards they deserve,” he said, later adding some of the Orange entrants may find it a little tougher than others.

Namely himself.

“There’s been a couple putting in a few hours a week … hopefully they get to finish,” Martin said.

And if they do, Martin said they’d be finishing the 226km round circuit with him at the back of the pack in a time closer to 15 hours.

“I still can’t answer the question as to why I’m doing it,” the club president said smiling. “Stupidity.”

The Ironman Australian Port Macquarie event will be held on Sunday.

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CHEER SQUAD: A large contingent of Orange triathletes and supporters will be at this Sunday’s Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie.

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Teachers welcome Gonksi reforms

Western Sydney teachers have welcomed the news that NSW is the first state to sign up to the Gonski reforms, and will receive $5 billion in additional federal funding to implement them.
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Premier Barry O’Farrell and state Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today announced they would find an extra $1.7 billion in the state’s budget to help deliver the reforms.

A group of teachers from Blacktown, Glenwood and other suburbs visited Canberra to encourage the welcome outcome the day before the Council of Australian Governments meeting of April 19.

The meeting broke without a decision on the Gonski reforms by any state government.

Mr O’Farrell said Gonski would provide more resources and fairer distribution of them in NSW schools.

“The NSW government’s … education reforms delivering more local decision-making by principals and school communities, focusing on quality teaching, and improving literacy and numeracy standards are consistent with the direction of the Gonski Report,’’ he said.

A guarantee of Commonwealth funding will be legislated by July 1.

State funds are expected to be found by deferring the abolition of inter-governmental agreement taxes, an efficiency dividend to be implemented in 2015 and state budget savings — some from reforms to vocational education and training fees and subsidies.

Mr Piccoli said the funding would deepen and accelerate education reforms in NSW, including allocation of resources directly to schools.

He said the majority of Gonski funding would go to schools that need it most.

Quakers Hill High School principal Lauretta Claus said Gonski offered a model that addressed inequities in the distribution of funds to schools.

She said the federal government’s schooling resource standard — built on Gonski principles — was similar to past funding arrangements, but the more generous base student amount of $12,193 would effectively allow her to hire 16 more teachers.

‘‘If you had 16 extra teachers that’s the opportunity to provide an even greater diversity of subjects,’’ she said.

‘‘Public schools are the heavy lifters.

‘‘The majority of students that meet the loading requirements, the kids from low socio-economic backgrounds, whose English skills are limited and those with a disability are all met by the public system.’’

Teachers see green

Here’s what the signatories said:

‘‘Our students and staff deserve better learning and working resources/facilities. Most people would be amazed at what public schools are able to achieve with such limited resources. Imagine what could be achieved with real funding for support, resources and facilities.’’

‘‘I care about education. I care about the welfare of students. I give a Gonski.’’

‘‘Do you want us to provide a sub-standard education for our students? We need your support!’’

‘‘The students are our future and we need the funds to guide them to the right career. Teaching is a vocation and needs funding.’’

Today’s children will be paying your old-age pension. Do the right thing for the future.’’

‘‘Quality teaching depends on quality funding in our public schools.’’

Showing support: Quakers Hill High School principal Lauretta Claus and Blacktown Teachers Federation president Liz Rose flank a mobile billboard which asked Premier Barry O’Farrell to deliver NSW’ share of funding recommended by the Gonski Review. Picture: Mike Sea

Young Tigers have good start to 2013 season

JUNIOR LEAGUE
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The 2013 season is in full swing with three rounds completed already.

Once again NJRLC has received excellent registration numbers across all age divisions, in particular large numbers in our mini football ages (five to nine years).

The competitive age groups (10’s, 11’s, 12’s, 14’s and 16’s) have also held up very well, while a few extras in the 14’s and 16’s wouldn’t go astray.

It is not too late to register this year, if you are interested please call 0409 222 903.

Under-9s

The Nyngan Under 9’s travelled to Narromine on Saturday expecting a hard game.

Nyngan players Reg Herbert and Jack Buchanan started the day in strong fashion tackling players well above their weight.

Tom Yeo and Jesse Beetson ran well and were hard to stop every time they had the ball. Will Richards is continuing to improve pulling off some good tackles and showing some surprising speed with some long runs.

The twins Jack and Tom Gadsby troubled the defence continually all game. Nyngan continued to go try-for-try in the game with a good “Bomber” Healy being hard to stop. It often took four to five tacklers to bring him down.

Rory Quarmby played well saving some certain tries with good defence. Digby “Rein” Barrow was hard to catch with his elusive running and scored a try with a good run from dummy-half and looked certain to score another, but only to be stopped by desperate defence.

Saxon Grant played well and showed surprising speed with several long bursts through the middle of the Narromine defence. When these boys get their defence in order they will beat anyone on their day.

Under 11’s.

Last year’s grand finalists have continued their good form from the past season. After the first three rounds they remain undefeated.

On Saturday the boys took on the always-tough PCYC Dubbo team and came away with a very impressive 18-6 victory.

After a tight opening 10 minutes, Will Boag got the Tigers on the board with a very determined effort from 20 metres out. Toby Smith added the extras for a 6-0 lead. The score remained the same until half-time, thanks to some great defence from everyone, especially Lachy Donnelly and Cale Dunn.

The second half didn’t quite start how they would have liked with an early PCYC try leveling scores at 6-6.

From then on the game was all Nyngan. Captain Bill Quarmby led from the front again. He was well supported in the forwards by Jack Ryan and Tyler Martin.

Tough work up the middle enabled wide-running backrowers Kyle Hall and Will Boag plenty of room to move and they made plenty of ground each time they got the ball.

Lock forward Sonny Knight was as usual outstanding making 39 tackles and many line breaks. Col Robb-Piper and Toby Smith controlled the ruck area well and both were rewarded with tries in the second half.

The new recruits Emma Teale and Zander Wood also played very well, both gaining in confidence each week. Emma’s got plenty of pace to burn and Xander has all the skills.

Full-back Cale Dunn turned in another five-star effort, tackling fearlessly and causing the defence problems each time he touched the ball.

His combination with Lachy Donnelly in the centres is just starting to gel.

Coaches pick for Player of the week went to Will Boag, great game Boagy!

Under 12’s

As with the 11’s, the 12’s also remain undefeated after a decisive victory against Narromine.

Star of the show was Bill Sheather who crossed for a hat-trick of tries. Bill really has flown off the blocks early this year, playing great football each week.

Campbell Woolnough was another to standout, scoring a try from a kick-off and proving dangerous with each touch.

Cooper Ryan, Terrence Ryan and Cooper Martin also deserve a mention for relentless work in defence.

This team is a big chance of going for back-to-back premierships but this will only happen if the boys can make sure they get to training each week.

Under 14’s

The one that got away. The boys got out to a good lead before knocking up late in the second half.

Scores finished level at 44-all. Best for Nyngan were Tom Garment and Corey Turk. Tom Waterhouse and Jak Jeffery also worked hard throughout.

Under 16’s:

Despite being beaten by Wellington, the 16’s put in 100 per cent effort throughout. Best for Nyngan were Mitchell Williams-Hedges, Logan and Jackson Hourn.

All teams are away this weekend please check with coaches for game times.

Next home game will be Saturday May 11.

o A good crowd watched the Nyngan junior Tiger games when they played St John’s.

o Nyngan Tiger Kyle Hall in action.

o Lachy Donnelly a flyer for the Nyngan Tigers.

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More housing and respite

QUILT: Jill Anderson and Karin Oswald from the Quilters Guild with Bedford s Seth Carey and Cara s Narelle Scafidi at the presentation of a Quilters Guild quilt to the new Bedford residents.A THIRD supported accommodation home for people with a disability will open in Port Lincoln later in May.
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This follows the opening of not-for-profit organisation Cara’s second supported home, which now has tenants moving in.

Since its first local camp two years ago, Cara has acquired three homes offering accommodation and respite options, the first being acquired in September 2011 offering accommodation and respite in three units, with the second and newest being this new four-person home, and a third home to open later this month offering respite services for six young people.

Cara chief executive Denice Wharldall said the newly opened home offered the opportunity for greater independence for people living with a disability.

The new home opens the door to a wider range of support services for people living with a disability and their families.

The home, which was built under the Bedford Homes for 100 program and is managed by Cara, welcomed its first residents last month.

The property has facilities tailor-made for residents who use wheelchairs, including wide hallways, double doors to bedrooms and bathrooms, easy to access kitchen facilities, ramps, 24-hour on-site staff support, and a garage built to accommodate wheelchair transport vehicles.

Ms Wharldall said in recent weeks the final touches had been put in place, with furniture, electrical equipment and carpets supplied and installed by local businesses to accommodate the four residents.

“As a disability services charity, we have recognised the ongoing issue where clients in Port Lincoln have needed to travel to Adelaide or Port Augusta in order to receive respite and accommodation services.

“This new home is one of three Cara is now managing in the Port Lincoln area since we commenced services here.”

Cara first started in Port Lincoln with its Camps for Kids program.

The camps program offers children with a disability across South Australia the opportunity for a fun weekend away, which also provides much needed respite for their parents.

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Dalgety’s Patty Thompson retires from volunteering

AFTER being part of the Dalgety Hall Committee for 29 years Patty Thompson – ‘Mrs Spick and Span of Dalgety’ – has decided to hang up her broom and take off her apron as Secretary of the Dalgety Hall 355 Committee.
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The Snowy River Shire Council acknowledges Pat’s unpaid years of service to the community. The current 355 Committee hope those who have enjoyed the use of the Hall join them in their congratulations and reflect on this enormous feat that is only one year from the “Big three-0 (30 years ) as a volunteer on this committee.

Michelle White has now taken up the responsibility as secretary. She always has the community at heart and has participated on other community committees, P & C, Tennis Club, currently involved with the Coolamatong Club and is the Dalgety School Bus operator.

Maybe it is a type of succession planning as Michelle is also the daughter of Megan and Jeffrey Power, who are also part of this “Powerful Team” of the Dalgety Hall group of volunteers, along with Judy Walters and Gloria and Rodney Mugridge.

At his last 355 meeting and AGM, outgoing council representative, Councillor Bill Smits commented to Councillor Vickii Wallace, “This committee has always been well recognised by Snowy River Shire Council and the wider community, as hard working and doing a great job.”

Clr Smits said “it is very much a hands on group, whether it be cleaning up after a function or oiling the floors themselves”.

The Dalgety Hall is not only the hall Patty keeps clean. Patty has also looked after the Dalgety School for 25 years and has kept the Buckley’s Crossing Hotel tidy for along time.

Many of the large homesteads have had Patty’s elbow grease to keep them looking their best. Patty is also a member of CWA and Red Cross and keeps herself busy in many other ways within the community.

Patty’s move to bustling Berridale from “River Glen”, Dalgety, would have been initially sad; leaving her lovely riverside homestead and extensive garden beds. But her new garden now overflows with flowers and vegetables with the assistance of her “partner in crime” Keven Burke.

At the recent Dalgety Show, Patty blitzed it with most successful exhibitor in vegetables, in the flowers; four 1st and two 2nd prizes, in cookery three 2nd prizes and a 1st prize in needlework.

Patty and Keven have a common love of music. Patty has revived the musical afternoons in Berridale at the CWA rooms and they are both key members of the monthly musical afternoons at the Cooma Bowling Club, with Keven on his harmonica and Patty by his side.

The council’s general manager, Joe Vescio, has thankrf Patty for her contribution to the community and notes the fantastic example she has set as a community volunteer.

There are many ways residents can contribute to their community with volunteering for the local hall committees being one of them.