Superbike champ Tom Toparis among four Goulburn Sporting Hall of Fame inductees
Sport
Superbike champion Tom Toparis is one of four elite sportspeople to be inducted into the Goulburn Sporting Hall of Fame in August. The 2022 class of inductees also includes international cricket umpire Claire Polosak, kick boxer Amy Kolosque and target shooter David Wright. At only 22 year of age, Tom says he's "very humbled" to be included among Goulburn's most...
Yenda’s Alex Blackwell tackles cricket sexism in her Riverina return
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World Cup-winning cricket star Alex Blackwell spoke candidly about her long-time battle against entrenched sexism and homophobia at an event at Griffith City Library on Tuesday, 12 July. The Wagga-born international, who was raised on a Yenda farm, signed copies of her new book Fair Game, which she described as a “cricket book that isn’t really about cricket”. “It’s more...
Ellen Ryan ready to bowl with Aussie Jackaroos at Birmingham Commonwealth Games
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Goulburn lawn bowler Ellen Ryan has landed in the United Kingdom ahead of her Commonwealth Games debut. At 25, Ryan is the youngest member of the 18-strong Australian Jackaroos squad. She said she's excited to finally be in Birmingham where she can practice on the typically slower, heavier local greens. "I've just landed in England and it’s starting to feel...
Wrestling refugee to bring a national event to Wagga
Community
Wagga's wrestling coach Mohsen Haidary is a survivor. "I came to Australia in late 2012. I'm a refugee in this country. I came here on a boat," he says matter of factly. Mohsen is Persian and moved to Wagga a little over a year ago with a temporary protection visa requiring refugees to live, work or study in a regional area. He is...
Put your fitness to the test at Goulburn’s inaugural duathlon
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Pull on your running shoes and oil up your bike, with the inaugural Goulburn Duathlon ready to sprint from the starting line. After multiple false starts due to COVID, the event was finally announced for Saturday, 16 July. Multisport event company Elite Energy's behind the duathlon, and spokesperson Seb Gallery said he was keen to see how it would play...
The selfless decision that effectively ended Sam Williams’ career at the Canberra Raiders
Sport
Sam Williams was a crowd favourite: small in stature, but with a heart the size of Phar Lap. He put his body on the line time and time again. He was also incredibly articulate and a dedicated player. Sam played 107 NRL games - 103 with the Raiders and four with the Dragons. He also played 40 games in the...
The phone call that got the NRL wearing beanies for brain cancer
Sport
Back in the summer of 2016/17 I got a phone call that would plant the seed that grew into the wildly popular and incredibly important Beanie for Brain Cancer round in the NRL. I was executive producer of The Footy Show (NRL) at the time and was in my wife's hometown of Wagga visiting friends when my phone rang. It...
New multi-use squash courts in Pambula provide space for many activities
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Bega Valley Shire Council hopes a wide variety of sports lovers will use a new multi-use sports facility in Pambula. Able to accommodate everything from squash and table tennis to yoga and martial arts, the specialist squash and multi-use courts were officially opened this June as the latest addition to the Sapphire Aquatic Centre and Gym complex. "From the outset, we wanted...
Ref’s whistle yet another last-minute blow to the Brumbies
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Many of the Brumbies fans at Canberra Stadium who braved the conditions on that bitterly cold Saturday night in 2000 when the Crusaders beat the home side in the Super Rugby final still hold a grudge. With three minutes to go on that night 22 years ago, with the Brumbies leading 19-17, they looked to have the game in their...
From hard early years, Yass coach wins the fight of his life
Sport
Aaron Reid's life could have gone two very different ways. As a young man, he fought everything and everyone. He had what he describes as "a pretty dark childhood", getting involved with the wrong crowd and at age 13, finding himself too close to the wrong side of the law. "I remember back then my father saying to me, 'you...
Broulee the decider for state’s Inflatable Rescue Boat series
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It may be a long weekend but there'll be no time for relaxation for the state’s best Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racers, with Broulee playing host to round three of the 2022 Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership. Around 400 competitors and 60 officials will converge on Broulee Beach this Saturday and Sunday for the event. It is set to attract some of...
Junee Rugby League greats Daley and Warren reflect on a proud history on pause
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The saying goes, "a trophy carries dust; memories last forever". The Junee Diesels' trophy cabinet will see season 2022 as a year of just that - dust collection, with memories the only reminder of what could have been. Earlier this year, unable to field a full squad of players for first grade, the once-mighty rugby league team had to accept...
Construction company finally found for Goulburn sports upgrades
Community
Work is expected to begin on new amenities for the Goulburn Regional Hockey Facility and North Park in the second half of 2022. Exceeding $3 million, the tender was awarded to ARW Multigroup at the recent Goulburn Mulwaree Council meeting. Construction for both projects is expected to be carried out concurrently. Mayor Peter Walker said the joint tender for the two...
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