Mitchell’s high shot a low point for NRL’s duty of care
Opinion
South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell's timing could not have been worse. Not only was his sickening hit on the Roosters' Joseph Manu late, but it also came a few weeks out from finals. Now both players' seasons may be over - Manu with a fractured cheekbone, and Mitchell after being charged with a grade two reckless high tackle, which brings a...
Watch out Stromlo! Wagga Wagga developing major sporting facilities, including Multisport Cycling Complex
Sport
For the past 15 years, Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park, which took shape following the 2003 ACT bushfires, has been the jewel in the crown of ACT’s sporting facilities. Attracting an estimated 700,000 visitors a year, the facility includes mountain biking, criterium, cross-country running and now swimming. For many people, the mountain bike section of the facility is the unique aspect...
Tumut’s golden girl of swimming set to scorch in Tokyo
Sport
There was a point in her life when Ashley van Rijswijk told her teacher she didn’t have to do schoolwork because she was going to the Olympics. Ashley’s dad, Craig, was reminded of this only recently as his daughter jetted off to Tokyo as part of the Australian Dolphins swim team currently competing in the 2021 Paralympics. The van Rijswijks...
What might have been had Craig Bellamy been appointed Raiders coach in 2001?
Opinion
I had an insight into Craig Bellamy’s passion for rugby league several times during his time as a player and then as a coach with the Canberra Raiders. Watching the Raiders train at Seiffert Oval on many a cold Tuesday and Thursday night in the 1980s and early 90s showed his determination. No one pushed harder than Craig. He remains...
Longest and toughest surfboat marathon no match for a pandemic
Sport
It's billed as the longest and toughest surfboat marathon in the world, but even the George Bass Surfboat Marathon is no match for COVID-19. The race, which traditionally commences in Batemans Bay on New Year's Eve and works its way down the coast over seven gruelling days, has been left high and dry by the COVID-19 pandemic that is showing...
Game plan pays off for netballers at Broulee’s Captain Oldrey Park
Sport
Work is almost complete on more than $1.5 million worth of improvements to one of the Eurobodalla Shire’s busiest sports precincts, Broulee’s Captain Oldrey Park. During the past three years, Eurobodalla Shire Council has expanded and upgraded the park’s netball facilities, revamped the amenities building, resurfaced the soccer field and added new equipment to the playground. A nature trail through...
Seven’s Olympics coverage worthy of a gold medal
Sport
With the Tokyo Olympics in a comparable time zone to Australia, and with so many in COVID-19 lockdown, more people appear to be engrossed in the Olympic Games than ever. The larger television audience is aided by Channel 7’s app function, allowing the viewer to have considerable choice in event selection. With plenty of eyeballs on Seven’s coverage, there has...
Deepest natural snow in years but high-country businesses crying out for visitors
Business
Despite the deepest natural snow cover in more than 20 years, Snowy Mountains businesses are crying out for visitors as lockdowns and travel restrictions take their toll. Measurements taken by Snowy Hydro at Spencer’s Creek on 29 July show a natural snow depth of 186.3 cm - the highest level recorded since the bumper snow year of 2000. The resorts of...
Canberra runner Martin Dent fulfilled a childhood dream at London Olympics
Sport
Martin Dent was barely a teenager growing up on the NSW Central Coast in 1993 when Sydney was awarded the 2000 Olympic Games. It ignited a dream to one day be part of the biggest show on earth. Four years later, by the time he turned 18 years in 1997, he was off to Canberra to train under the guidance...
Goulburn’s hockey future is up in lights
Sport
The future of hockey in Goulburn and the wider region is looking bright, following the completion of hockey field light upgrades this month. New LED lighting systems have been installed for both fields at Goulburn Hockey Complex, with a maximum light level of 500 lux – a standard that will enable Goulburn to host national grade competitions. Goulburn Mulwaree Council awarded...
Moruya dragon boaters put out the call for new members
Sport
Moruya's Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club has put out the call for interested locals to give the 2500-year-old sport of dragon boating a go. The club, which was established in 2006, is encouraging anyone above the age of 12 to participate in a free five-week program. New members will get to experience paddling, learn some techniques both on and off...
Queanbeyan Whites stalwart Grant Jones paving the way for former players to become referees
Sport
As a Queanbeyan Whites rugby union player, Grant Jones concedes he had little time for referees and was often quick to offer advice. So it was much to the surprise of many of his former teammates when Grant became a referee. He is currently in the midst of his fourth season with the whistle. However, his route to becoming a...
Work begins on new pavilion at Eden’s Barclay Street Sporting Complex
Community
Work is underway on a new pavilion building at Eden’s Barclay Street Sporting Complex. The new building will include change rooms, a kiosk, public toilets, storage facilities and all-abilities access, and has been kicked along with help from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund. Situated in the northeast corner of the sporting precinct, the new facility will service local cricket,...
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