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How Canberra sports are fundraising without resorting to chocolate raffles and sausage sizzles
Sport
Canberra sporting clubs are telling me that it has never been harder to raise funds for facilities, equipment and participation. The feeling is that potential funders within the business community want greater justification for spending money on sporting teams, and there is only a finite amount available through government grants. For many sports organisations that are operating through the goodwill...
Meet Rachel Carroll: 11 years of age. Underestimate her at your peril
Sport
In one of her first games of cricket as the only girl in a boys’ cricket team, Rachel remembers the taunts. “A girl is going to open the bowling”, “where are we going to hit it?” or “we are going to score some runs,” emerged from the mouths of boys, some of whom were several years older. She was, and...
How Canberra managed to secure men’s test cricket – the inside story
Sport
Three of the ACT’s leading cricket administrators left the Hilton Hotel in Sydney after completing a presentation to the Cricket Australia Board. The year was 2000 and there was optimism that they had done enough to secure a berth for Canberra in the Sheffield Shield. What followed was a crushing blow. The ACT not only missing out on a place...
Five reasons why the Raiders will make the NRL finals in 2019
Sport
It’s fair to say the Raiders have been under-achievers in the past two seasons. Even the club admits they didn’t capitalise on the success of the 2016 season when they made the preliminary final, only to be beaten in controversial circumstances by the Melbourne Storm. Finishing tenth the following two seasons and missing the finals is unacceptable. They missed out...
Why Dan McKellar is the right coach for the Brumbies
Sport
A sign in the Brumbies’ meeting room probably reveals as much about Dan McKellar as anything I am about to tell you. The message informs players that phones are prohibited from the physiotherapy area, the team meeting room, as well as meal times when the team is together. Forty-two-year-old McKellar has worked hard to ensure there is communication within his...
This one hurts the most: Canberra misses out on securing an A-League licence again
Sport
Canberra has missed out on securing an A-league expansion licence again after Western Melbourne Group and Macarthur-South West Sydney were given the two coveted A-league spots. NSL powerhouse South Melbourne, start-up clubs Team 11, Canberra and Sydney’s Southern Expansion have missed out on selection, leaving three teams in Melbourne and three teams in Sydney but none in the nation’s capital....
A coach with the ability to change lives: Why we need her in our community
Sport
When Tracey Menzies talks publicly about the time she was in the middle of Ian Thorpe’s quest to win gold in the 400 metres freestyle in Athens, you sense that she is just keeping it together emotionally. The pressure was immense with plenty of outside noise questioning whether Thorpe had made the right decision in leaving long-time coach Doug Frost...
Speedway: Canberra’s forgotten sport
Sport
At 10 pm on the night of 22 September this year, spirits were high among Canberra’s speedway fraternity after a successful meet under the lights at Fairbairn Park. It was, after all, the first nigh-time speedway racing at the venue in over two decades. The response was overwhelming with 2,000 people turning out, quite possibly the biggest crowd ever for...
Canberra Raiders Jack Wighton out of chances
Sport
If ever an NRL player was on their last chance at a club it has to be Jack Wighton. Wighton appeared for sentencing in the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court on Wednesday (14 November) on two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of common assault, and one charge of public urination. He was given a two-month suspended jail term,...
Quite possibly the greatest all-round Raider of all time
Sport
Sia Soliola’s random act of kindness towards a woman in distress would come as no surprise to those of us who have come to know the veteran Raiders’ forward. If you are not across this story, it unfolded on a Gungahlin Street in Canberra where Sia came across a mother named “Tess” who was in distress after her car had...
Deek inspiring the next generation
Sport
If ever you are looking for inspiration and a sense of how a real community works, then spend some time with Canberra marathon legend Rob de Castella and his Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). On the cusp of its tenth anniversary, the IMP was born out of Deek’s venture into the Northern Territory to discover Australia’s next marathon champion. Instead, what...
Confidence growing as A-League decision looms
Sport
Sitting in a near-empty Canberra Stadium in the final throes of the Cosmos in the National Soccer League, it was almost impossible to imagine that we would find ourselves on the verge of being part of a new competition. In that final season in 2000/2001, support for the Canberra team had dwindled to die-hard fans, family and friends. To awaken...
From the Snowy Mountains to Hogwarts, Michael Milton’s next adventure…
Arts & Culture
Just when you think you know everything about Canberra’s champion athlete, Michael Milton, he goes and opens a Harry Potter-themed store in Fyshwick. What I didn’t realise about this Paralympic skier was his passion for everything Harry Potter. And he has passed this passion on to the next generation of family members. He has just one rule for his two...
Canberra and Southern NSW shortlisted for A-League team
Sport
When the bid for an A-League side 'mark 2' was first mooted I was one of the first to write it off. There was a perception that it lacked energy and was doomed to fail. This is in part due to the fact that Football Federation Australia showed their hand the last time Canberra launched a campaign to be part...
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