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Local sparkies scoop award

Tim Tams and coffee may well have given Blayney Electrical Services (BES) the edge, says owner Mike Whitten, after his business scooped the Small Host Company of the Year Award for the Orange region from Skillset on Tuesday.

The Skillset manager of the Group Apprenticeship Program, Alyssa Bennett, said BES was recognised for its commitment to training local youth.

“They have been recognised for upskilling their workforce,” she said.

BES owner Mike Whitten said: “Skillset employs our apprentice and we host them and try to give a bit extra help so they get through their TAFE studies. I didn’t think we have done anything extra, but the Skillset field officer nominated us.

“For our business, there’s a fair bit of time and effort in behind the scenes stuff with our apprentices’ TAFE e-profiling to record their progress through their course, for example.”

The multi-award winning local business does mainly industrial and commercial electrical services and has taken on four apprentices since it began in 1996.

Tom Berrington, 22, is the current trainee and in the final year of his apprenticeship. Sam Lynch was the previous trainee, completing his apprenticeship last November.

Mr Berrington said: “It’s been really good working for Mike because I’ve gained a lot in terms of friendship, a bit of respect, I’m always learning and I have fun while learning.

“Mike shows a lot of care with his apprentices,” he said.

BES will be in the running for the regional title award to be announced at Skillset’s Training Awards ceremony in July.

Skillset used to be called Central West Group Apprentices and is one of Australia’s largest group training organisations.

It was set up in 1982 as a non profit company limited by guarantee owned on behalf of the community by chambers of commerces and councils in western NSW.

Blayney Electrical Services owner Mike Whitten with his award and apprentice Tom Berrington.

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Fresh Jindabyne portrait could win $20k

Hill and Heat, Jindabyne.PROVING plein is anything but plain is Sydney artist Greg Warburton, whose work Hill and Heat, Jindabyne has been announced as a finalist in the 2013 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Warburton’s work will be competing against 39 others for the $20,000 Prize, which will be announced in May at the Parliament.

One of the more niche of the landscape prizes, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize showcases the grand tradition of ‘en plein air’ painting – a style requiring the artist to paint entirely out of doors, where they are continually challenged by all the shifting lights, compositions and conditions that nature can conjure.

From portraits of Kings Cross to Currawong, Hornsby to Jindabyne and Hill End to Rozelle, this year’s finalists have delivered a stunning showcase of the many rural, urban and natural scenes of New South Wales. And thanks to Warburton’s work, Jindabyne is certainly a stand out.

“This painting was done in January this year when, according to the locals, the Snowy Mountains experienced their hottest summer in memory,” says Mr Warburton. “I certainly recall the bitumen on roads and car parks melting in the heat, and a local pub purchasing a mobile air conditioner which had no noticeable impact thankfully the beer was unaffected.

“Hill and Heat, Jindabyne was made in this atmosphere. The location is in the hills not far from the lake and Jindabyne village. Painting outdoors can throw up particular challenges which forces one to adapt. In this case, with water based paint and gouache my chosen media, the hot conditions meant I had to work fast, but also constantly, because the paint was drying so quickly.”

A well-known plein air painter of some renown, Warburton has staged four solo shows, and has exhibited in numerous groups shows since 1979 including the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman, Dobell, Blake, Adelaide Perry and Mosman Art Prizes.

“Artworks such as this prove that NSW is home to some truly beautiful landscapes. The fact that there are so many artists dedicated to recording these scenes is just wonderful, and is the main reason we have hosted this Prize for six years in a row,” says the Hon Don Harwin MLC, President of the Legislative Council.”

“It’s a stunning exhibition and one that everyone should see,” says Shelley Hancock MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. “One minute you’re looking at a street corner in Darlinghurst and the next you’re transported out to Apple Tree Bay, or to Forty Baskets Beach all whilst standing in Parliament House!”

The 2013 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize exhibition opens at Sydney’s Parliament House on Wednesday May 1 and runs through until Friday May 31. Entry is free, and doors are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm. For the first time this year, there will also be a special Salon des Refuses exhibition, showcasing the remaining semi-finalists and their beautiful works.

Orange pair to have an SG Ball

MATT Boss and Tom Satterthwaite are used to looking at each other from opposite ends of a football field.

But at St Mary’s League Stadium this weekend, their rivalry will take on greater significance than any game the two have played in.

Boss’ Penrith Panthers and Satterthwaite’s Balmain Tigers will clash on Saturday in the 2013 New South Wales Rugby League SG Ball grand final.

The game is a high water mark in the two fledgling careers.

This time last year, five-eighth Boss was working his way into the Orange Hawks Premier League side, while Satterthwaite, an outside back, was trying to do likewise for Orange CYMS.

The pair were regulars in regional junior representative teams, with their efforts attracting the attentions of the Sydney-based clubs, who rushed to secure the duo’s services for the 2013 season.

The moves have paid handsome dividends.

Penrith finished the regular season with the minor premiership, winning seven of their nine games while accumulating 256 points for against 159 conceded.

The Tigers, despite suffering just one more loss, were relegated to sixth place at the end of the season proper, having racked up 234 points and let in 199.

Both former Orange juniors have left their mark in the push to the grand final.

Boss crossed for a try in his team’s 22-6 semi-final win over the Bulldogs and last week played a key hand in Penrith’s 44-nil qualifying final demolition of the St George Dragons.

Meanwhile Satterthwaite has scored four tries in his last three games, including a vital double in their come-from-behind 24-16 win over the Parramatta Eels a week ago.

Penrith will enter the match with the favouritism tag, having easily accounted for the defending premiers Tigers in their only clash this season.

Balmain coach and former St George Illawarra halfback Matthew Head watched Boss’ side destroy the Dragons last weekend.

“They’re pretty impressive,” Head said.

“In round two or three they put 30 on us too, so they are a very good team.

“Hopefully we can go out and play our way, play well and who knows, it’s grand final day so you don’t know what will happen.”

Head’s Panthers counterpart Mark Horo, himself a former NRL player, is quietly confident his side will be holding the silverware on Saturday afternoon.

“They will be very hard to beat in the final against Balmain,” Horo said.

“St George threw everything at us and the boys just wouldn’t let them through.

“The good thing is that over the course of the year every player has played a part.”

The central west will be well represented in the game, with Wellington’s Brent Naden and Forbes’ Dave Cowhan joining Boss in the Penrith outfit.

The SG Ball decider will be preceded by the grand final of the Under 16s Harold Matthews competition, played between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Parramatta.

GAME OF HIS LIFE: 2012 Orange Hawks five-eighth Matt Boss will suit up for the Penrith Panthers in Saturday’s SG Ball grand final against the Balmain Tigers.

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Hanlon wins stroke event with 66 nett


Former local Mick Hanlon was the winner of Saturday’s stroke event. Now playing at Condo, he was just a little bit too solid for the locals with his 66 nett.

The group behind gave him no chance when they watched him play the 15th via the 13th fairway, and saw his tee shot on the 17th dribble just past the ladies’ markers. What they did not see was Mick’s string of pars from the eighth to the 14th which swung the game in his favour.

Runner-up was Pat Walsh with 67 nett. He got the staggers over the last four holes – could not par a hole off some handy tee shots.

John Wynne was the next best with 68 nett on a countback. Having a six on the 16th put him out of contention. The pin winners were Steve Peterson and Col Pratt.

Sunday’s par event saw Barry Howell get the cash over his marker Allan Holmes with +4 on a countback. You have five minutes to find a lost ball, Baz located his ball with seconds to spare on the seventh.

They were searching in the rough when his ball was lying on the fairway after a lucky bounce off a tree.

Al spotted the ball, but later on he wished he hadn’t. Tex Tomek had +1 to be the other ball winner. Pin winners were Al and Peter Murphy.

Mid week ladies’ winner with 35 points was Di Donald. The other four players all finished on 34 points and Rhonda Holmes was the lucky draw winner. A big thankyou.

What a fantastic lot of golfers and members we have at the Royal Nyngan Golf Club.

We had a fantastic roll-up of helpers at the Anzac Day Races to help the lady golfers with the afternoon teas, drinks, etc., and the Men’s Committee with the barbecue. Thanks to:- Veronica and Pat Bourke, Sharyn, Geoff, Steve, Burls, Lesley, Marg S, Luan, Gillian, Mandy, Kirsty, Sandra, Helen, Dolly, Judy, Gai, Dianne, Cathy, Colleen, Rhonda, the two Bettys, Robert, Marg D, Nicole, Dave, Cristene, Andy, Chook, Louie, Don, Anthony Blake, Jenny Martin, Nyngan Foodworks, Bogan Shire Council and Nyngan Jockey Club for the many and varied jobs you all carried out to make everything run smoothly. Thanks also to the Nyngan and surrounding communities who supported the Nyngan ANZAC Race Day.

Appreciation from

Jenny, Mim and Peter

Next Saturday we play for the Ted Winter Cup. This year’s event is sponsored by Nyngan Innovations. The format is a 4BBB stableford, scratch and handicap medley select.

Sunday the first of the Open’s get underway with Cobar and Mendooran the first cabs off the rank, a stroke event for the non-travelers.

The ladies have the WDLGA 4BBB in lieu of the 3BBB team’s event.

Badge draw this Thursday night is for $500, the Joker draw remains at $500.

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Girls and sport

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

“Boys are natural born risk takers, whereas girls are less competitive and more likely to be cautious”.

It’s the standard line trotted out whenever we talk about gender differences and sport. And no doubt people can back up the claim by reference to any number of observations from their daily life.

But why might this be the case? Where does girls’ “innate” cautiousness come from? Right about now, some readers are going to launch into a supposedly scientific explanation that begins in the Savannah and involves men outwitting Sabre tooth tigers while women sit at home and go online shopping. Or something like that.

But there’s a simpler explanation: girls are taught to be cautious and rewarded for avoiding risk-taking behaviour.

On a recent Saturday morning at a sports class I saw a small example of how this learning happens. My daughter was climbing a rock wall — with harness and everything — alongside a boy around the same age. The instructor helped both my daughter and the little boy up to the first toe-holds.

But that’s when things started to change. The little boy was encouraged to climb higher and higher. He was given help co-ordinating his hands and feet. At one point, the instructor took to the wall herself, climbing up to push him ever higher.

Meanwhile, my daughter perched there waiting. While she was assisted a little, much of this was simply holding her up, rather than actively encouraging her to seek out find toe-holds.

In total, the whole episode took just over three minutes. Of those three minutes, my daughter was being helped for just over one minute. And during some of this time, the assistance took the form of simply placing a reassuring hand on her back. The boy was given double that time, and was consistently challenged to scale ever higher.

I’m not suggesting that the instructor was deliberately giving the little boy more attention than my daughter. Nor do I think she was consciously encouraging the boy to extend himself while she primarily concerned herself with keeping my daughter safe. But, conscious or not, the outcome was that the boy came away believing he was capable of climbing the rock wall and deserving of attention and my daughter did not.

Now, it may be that I’m one of those most vile of lifeforms: the overbearing middle class father who constantly whines about how his little girl didn’t get a fair go. Perhaps. But there is a fair swathe of research that suggests that there’s a gender bias when it comes to instruction, one that extends well beyond my daughter and her sports class.

And this isn’t confined to primary or secondary school, but begins at pre-school. A 2005 study of 20 Swedish pre-school teachers — 10 female and 10 male —published in theEarly Childhood Education Journal, for example, found that play was highly gendered.

“Girls participate to a lesser extent in physical activities and when they do, they are often interrupted,” wrote the researchers.

Often this wasn’t deliberate, but was, unsurprisingly, a matter of the teachers repeating the kinds of play that they had engaged in as children.

“It is apparent that male preschool teachers’ own experiences of different sports activities made a lasting impression on their work in preschool. Today, when they work in preschool they try to support children’s needs in physical play”, noted the researchers.

“Female preschool teachers tend to prioritise calm play, which they also, for the most part, have experienced in their own childhood. Female preschool teachers emphasise the importance of social development in play while male preschool teachers accentuate the significance of physical development.”

And it’s not just physical development that is affected by gender. Other research suggests that girls are often not encouraged — or given the opportunity — to extend themselves intellectually.

In her 1994 bookSchoolgirls, which was based on a year with eighth graders at two Californian schools, for example, Peggy Orenstein noted “that boys are referred for testing for gifted programs twice as often as girls”.

Orenstein notes that this may be because giftedness is regarded as rare in boys and is therefore more often noticed. Since girls’ intellectual giftedness conforms to gender stereotypes, their abilities are regarded as normal, and therefore not seen as requiring the kinds of special attention of a giftedness program.

Happily, when my daughter had a second go on the climbing wall, she was paired with another little girl. And what do you know? Both received about equal attention.

If we want our daughters to be brave, courageous, physically active, and feel equally deserving of attention, then we need to be vigilant in challenging gender stereotypes. Because even with the best intentions, if we are not consciously rejecting outdated gender roles then by default will continue to do what we’ve always done and confine our girls to the bottom rungs of life’s rock wall.

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Oakeshott: Do you support same-sex marriage? 

PORT Macquarie MP RobOakeshott believes a bipartisan approach could well see Australian votershaving their say on same-sex marriage.

The Lyne MP believes theSeptember 14 federal election is the ideal opportunity to put a“plebiscite-style question” to the people.

The catch – if there isone, and Mr Oakeshott feels it can be overcome, – is that it all parties needto agree on the question.

“If there’s amulti-party agreement then I think there’s a lot to be said about getting somedirection from the people,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“It’s hard to argueagainst the collective view of the Australian people.”

The MP was quick topoint out that despite the obvious policy differences between the two major parties,bipartisanship was not a foreign concept to this parliament.

He cited the recentNational Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill as one prime example.

Late MarchCoalition MPs praised the government and Community Services Minister JennyMacklin, who described the bill as the most significant social reform since theintroduction of Medicare.

Add tothat NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s decision to sign up to the Gillardgovernment’s education funding reform package and Mr Oakeshott believesagreement is possible.

Another ofthe crossbenchers, New England MP Tony Windsor, prompted the latest round ofdiscussion on marriage equality earlier this week.

“Discussionof same-sex marriage hasn’t fallen away despite the recent rejection of theproposal by the federal parliament and local people continue to lobby me bothfor and against change,” the Tamworth-based MP said.

MrOakeshott’s experience in his electorate has been similar. Interest in theissue, he said, has grown over time.

“For along while it wasn’t high on the radar. It wasn’t so much of an issue at the 2010federal election. At the 2008 by-election it didn’t really feature and the samecan be said of the 2007 general election.

“But whenpoliticians started to get involved with the work of the High Court, groupsbecame interested and over the last two years a lot has changed.”

A referendum-style question, Mr Oakeshott said would be as simple as: Do you support same-sex marriage?

It is, he said, “a sensible and natural next step”to a socially significant question.

A referendum question, Mr Oakeshott said would be as simple as: Do you support same-sex marriage?

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Camp keeps kids on go

Nevertire Nyngan Mid West Pony Club Camp

Following on from a highly-successful Mid West ODE, Nevertire and Nyngan Pony Clubs combined to hold a terrific camp making use of Nyngan’s fantastic facilities.

More than 50 children and their trusty steeds gathered on Sunday afternoon for three days of fun and instruction.

Polo X, horse ball, camp drafting, horsemanship, sporting, dressage, show jumping, X country and vaulting were on the action-packed agenda.

Sarah Venamore is greatly sought after as a dressage coach, as well as being internationally successful in the sport of vaulting and a national vaulting judge.

Children of all ages were delighted with the exercises undertaken on both the vaulting drums and horses, and enjoyed two days of her outstanding instruction.

Murray Henderson, riding high on his win at the mid west, instructed the camp drafting. Heath Jones did horsemanship, Lachlan Ross for Polo X and Glen Manton the showjumping. They all travelled and willingly gave their time to the next generation of riders.

Exceptional parents and club members made sure the children had experienced all aspects of riding in a fun and energetic way.

Nyngan Pony Club, The Mid West and The Bogan Shire Council are to be commended on their well-maintained and terrific facilities.

John Hoy had the X country course in top condition and catered for all levels of riders with challenging and interesting jumps to school on.

With two clubs catering for the camp, cakes, slices and treats kept smiles on both instructors and children’s faces.

Warm days and cool nights in swags around a campfire were enjoyed along with the outdoor cinema and craft activities on offer.

Nevertire Pony Club president Angela Noonan ended the camp praising the children for their exemplary behaviour, the parents for their hard work and Nyngan Pony Club for having blind faith in Nevertire’s organisational skills.

o Lauren Moody getting over the jumps at the pony club camp.

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Fishing companies to be congratulatedIt

It is now 12 months since the Adopt a Beach program was put into place, and it would be nice to see what types of debris and the amounts collected are.

There has been a huge improvement in 12 months with the amount of marine debris that had been washing ashore previously at Point Bolingbroke.

The two companies that have monitored beaches south of Tumby Bay, Blaslov Fishing and Tony’s Tuna, have done their beach clean up regularly.

In particular Blaslov Fishing have gone above and beyond what they were ever asked to do and this company is one that can set an example to others in the aquaculture Industry.

I would like to commend Justin Nelligan from Blaslov Fishing on his effort and thank him for his support.

The beaches are the cleanest they have been in many years and its has been pleasing to have people say that it’s nice to see the beaches clean of the rope, plastic and other material they used to see littered along the coastline.

At the end of the day some have realised that it was not that hard to do the right thing and to monitor what was washing ashore.

It is something that needs to continue and I would like to see the program continue.

It would be disappointing to see a successful program and the work that has been done and results achieved all come undone.

Minimal marine debris is being collected from around Point Bolingbroke compared to when the Adopt a Beach program first started, when every few weeks more than 100 kilograms of debris was coming ashore.


Bolingbroke, Tumby Bay

Well done to local police officers

I want to use this forum to publicly thank the two police officers on patrol who stopped on Mortlock Terrace to give me a lift home in the early hours of Friday morning after the Anzac Day commemoration.

I estimate I had walked about 12 kilometres that day and found out I’m not getting any younger.

After trying for about half an hour to get a taxi I gave up and decided to walk (not a very good idea).

My lower back was killing me and my legs and feet were aching so it was with huge relief I accepted your offer.

Unfortunately I failed to get your names so gentlemen, once again I thank you very much.

You showed great community spirit and are a credit to your uniforms and the SA Police.


Vietnam veteran and RSL Port Lincoln president

$20,000 raised for Zac Noble

Zac’s family are grateful and humbled by Eyre Peninsula’s wonderful country kindness.

We wish to convey our sincerest thanks to everyone who gave their time and talent, generous donations of money, auction and raffle items, food and accommodation for Zac’s Benefit.

All proceeds will go toward Zac’s personal care and comfort as well as equipment and treatment for his rehabilitation.

We are hopeful that Zac will transfer to a country nursing home soon.

Thank you all so very much.



Are the fairies at work in Canberra?

With the departure of experienced Labor politicians, one has to wonder who is advising the prime minister.

Could it be the fairies at the bottom of the garden?



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Landcare celebrates its true champions

Upper Snowy Landcare Champions Robin and Phil Daley, Angel John Gallard (Snowy River Alliance), Linda and Chris Millington, Stuart and Jan Reid.LOCAL landholders who have made outstanding contributions to natural resource management in the catchment were honoured at a Landcare dinner hosted by the Upper Snowy Landcare Committee.

Adrian Begg, Chair of South East Landcare, which covers the Southern Rivers region, presented four “Champions of the Catchment” awards to people who, through innovation, persistence and a wilingness to assist others that share the similar land management problems, have improved the condition of natural resources in the Upper Snowy Catchment.

A Champions award was presented to Phil and Robin Daley for their outstanding work in the control of grassy weeds on their property as well as the work that Phil has done in sharing his techniques at weed field days run by the Berridale Rocky Plain and Snowy River Landcare Group.

Not only have the Daleys been able to transform their property from a weed and rabbit haven, they have also been able to develop new techniques to address the emerging African Lovegrass problem on their property.

Stuart and Jan Reid of “Murlingbung” received an award for their work in taking the principles of sustainable grazing management developed elsewhere and translating them to the harsh reality of grazing on the Monaro.

Not only have the Reids invested in the development of fencing and water infrastructure on their property to support the system of cell grazing on their property but, over the last 20 years, they have persisted, often through trial and error, to develop a system of grazing

rotation that is suited to the long cold winters and unpredictable rainfall on the Monaro.

Chris and Linda Millington of “Goldfields”, Dalgety have battled against the odds of fluctuating rainfall and heavy insect attack in their endevours to rehabilitate their land along the banks of the Snowy River.

As with many people who live along the Snowy, although the Millingtons both work full time, they have made the planting of trees and the management of weeds in their riparian zone (and also on the rest of their property) a priority.

With funding from the snowy Banks program managed by the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, the Millingtons have been able to fence of sections of the River, install off-stream stock watering points and use irrigation systems to water new plantings of trees and shrubs along the river banks.

The final award of the night went to the Snowy River Alliance group who have been at the forefront of the campaign for the restoration of environmental flows to the Snowy River since the early 1990s.

Through ongoing hard work, this small group of individuals, which includes people from Dalgety through to Marlo, have convinced politicians of all persuasions of the need for water to be returned to the Snowy River to restore the health of the river. Their persistence has been rewarded with the study completed by the expert panel of scientist into the health of the river and the subsequent legislation of environmental flows for the river.

The Champions of the Catchment awards started with an idea by John Carter of Far South East Landcare, who wanted an opportunity for the efforts, perseverance and the inspiration provided by local Landcarers to be recognised by their peers. Often what is important in the management of natural resources at the local catchment level is not as relevant to the criteria used in judging State or National Landcare awards so these awards are born out of the Landcare ethos of “Local people, Local problems”.

When introducing the Champions awards, Chair of the Upper Snowy Landcare Committee, Vicky Bridgewater said, “These awards are also recognition of partnerships in Landcare that occur at a number of different levels.

“Firstly there is the partnership that occurs at each household and farm level. As everyone would understand, there is a sharing of the decision making, there is a sharing of the work load and there is the support given to each other in the management of the land. Importantly there is also support for each other in the activities off their own property through contributions to community groups such as Landcare and our awards honour these family partnerships” she said.

Mrs Bridgewater described the partnerships the Upper Snowy Landcare groups have with their partners in the management of our natural resources, including the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the Federal Governement Caring for our Country program.

“Tonight and on the bus trip tomorrow, we will see outstanding work that has been done by Landcare with out partners in the management of the Monaro grasslands, work to combat the perennial grassy weeds, which are the greatest threat to the sustainable productivity and biodiversity of our grasslands as well as the efforts that are being made to restore the health and vitality of our rivers”, she said.

Mrs Bridgewater especially commended the partnership with local government, especially Snowy River Shire Council. Mrs Bridgewater said,

“The contribution of the Council vegetation management staff to the planning of our weed control programs and their contribution to our

field days has been invaluale.”

Following the awards dinner on the Friday night, there was a bus tour to the properties of the award recipients. Amongest attendees on the bus tour were Landcare members from the whole of the South East landcare region, which stretches from Wollongong to Eden and up to the Snowy Mountains.

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.

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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