Council calls for input on Merimbula skatepark site
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is asking residents where they'd like to put the new Merimbula skatepark, proposing an upgrade to the existing Berrambool skatepark or the establishment of a new park in a different location. Council's recreation and natural assets coordinator John Turville said the council had identified locations at Ford Park and Spencer Park in Merimbula as alternatives to...
Narooma Forest Rally cancelled; future of Australian Rally Championship in doubt
Sport
The Horizon Apartments Narooma Forest Rally that was scheduled for 19 September has been cancelled, placing the 2020 Australian Rally Championship in doubt. The AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay is the only completed race offering championship points this year, and Motorsport Australia is set to make an announcement on the future of the 2020 series in coming days....
Canberra makes another pitch to join the A-League
Sport
The Capital Region Football Collective (CRFC) has officially submitted a multi-million dollar offer for an A-League team for the 2021-22 season. While no exact figure has been linked to the bid, it is expected to be worth between $5 million and $10 million. The bid put forward to the FFA (Football Federation Australia) has the backing of an "experienced Europe-based...
What might have been? The eight greats who left the Raiders
Sport
In May 2014, it was announced that a young rising star from the Wests Tigers had signed a three-year deal with the Raiders. By June that player, James Tedesco, had back-flipped on the Canberra contract and opted to stay in Sydney. At the time, Tedesco hadn’t set rugby league alight but the Raiders had identified him as a marquee player....
Come on in, the water’s icy – two break the ice on extreme swim record
Sport
The term breaking the ice has new meaning for two Canberra swimmers Joseph Pascall and Michael Pranckl who last weekend became the first people in Australia to complete an extreme ice mile - swimming at least 1.6 km in water that is literally frozen. The specialist 'freeze-stylers' completed the feat at Thredbo's snow pond last weekend which has now been officially recognised by...
Iconic Canberra leader Dr Allan Hawke faces the greatest battle of his life
Sport
Allan Hawke grew up in Queanbeyan over the road from the Raiders founders, the McIntyres. Allan’s brother, Phil, taught and coached Ricky Stuart and the Furners at St Edmund's College. The connections between the Raiders and Allan are strong. Allan is now Chairman of the Raiders, taking over from John McIntyre six years ago, following the sacking of David Furner...
Canberra brothers Harry and Lewis Bates ready for Narooma Forest Rally
Sport
With the news that this year's Horizon Apartments Narooma Forest Rally has been postponed until 19 September, brothers Harry and Lewis Bates are itching to get back behind the wheels of their Toyota Yaris AP4s after dominating this year's only rally event so far, the AMH Automotive Rally of the Bay. They are also pondering what their future might hold with their...
Snowsports training facility to be ‘a game-changer’
Sport
A world-class training facility in the Snowy Mountains is one step closer to reality with the NSW Government lodging a development application for stage one of the National Snowsports Training Centre. If given the go-ahead, the Jindabyne development will give Australian winter sports athletes access to a dry slope airbag jump that is expected to attract athletes from across the globe. With...
Could State of Origin make its way to Canberra?
Sport
The NRL has canvassed the possibility of holding the first State of Origin game in Canberra as the scheduled Adelaide Oval fixture could fall foul of South Australia's strict quarantine laws. Although Origin making its Canberra Stadium debut is just speculation at this point - with no official talks between the NRL or Venues Canberra - the state of the...
Biking booms as Tathra to Kalaru Bike Track nears completion
News
Justin Roscoe, a mechanic at Tathra Beach & Bike, says business has been booming in recent months as families focus on outdoor, socially distant activities. "We've sold more bikes in the past few months than we usually would that's for sure," he says. Tathra is already known for being a biking hotspot thanks to volunteers from Tathra Mountain Bike Club, who maintain...
The day Queanbeyan’s Megan Marcks inspired the nation
Sport
In a perfect world, the Olympics would currently be underway in Tokyo. The Games are more than medals. It is about the story, the human effort and endeavour, and the impact it has on others. So over the next few weeks, at a time when the Olympics would have been taking place, I will be profiling Canberra-region athletes who inspired...
Participation more important than competition when kids take to the field
Opinion
Over the years in Canberra, I have coached and managed a wide range of sports from juniors to seniors. I'm sure many of you have done the same. When I have been coaching junior soccer and rugby with children aged from five to 10 years, my approach was based on the principle that I should be encouraging participation. Once I...
Special moment for Muirhead as Brumbies unveil Indigenous jersey
Sport
The Brumbies will recognise the club's rich cultural diversity by wearing their first Indigenous jersey against the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on 1 August. Ten players with Indigenous heritage, including 2001 Super 12 winners Jim Williams and Andrew Walker, have represented the Brumbies and current squad member Andy Muirhead says it's an important moment. "Being Indigenous myself, it's pretty...
The Raiders have a bright future thanks to the best signing the club’s ever made
Sport
A stone's throw from Canberra Stadium, the Raiders have established a home-away-from-home for eight young players from Queensland and New Zealand. But before you start to visualise an American-style frat house with 18 to 20-year-olds running wild, stop! Nothing could be further from the truth. The first impression of the house is the order and absolute tidiness that exists within...
How a Raiders stalwart stays positive during his darkest days
Sport
Hours after receiving the news that no cancer patient wants to hear, Pete Mulholland was on the phone to tell an emotional mother that her son had been picked in the Raiders' first-grade side to play the Melbourne Storm. Sixty-six-year-old Mulholland had been informed on Tuesday this week that his rare form of blood cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, had returned. This...
Canberra’s Harry Bates wins AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay
Sport
Canberra's Harry Bates and his co-driver, John McCarthy, won the 2020 AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay on 4 July in a spectatorless event. Bates and McCarthy beat their closest rivals, his brother Lewis Bates and co-driver Anthony McLoughlin, by a margin of one minute and 20 seconds. Both teams were driving Toyota Yaris AP4's, with Harry Bates and...
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