Canberra’s high flying world champion sets her sights on gold in Beijing
Sport
As she grew up in the Woden area, Laura Peel’s passion was gymnastics. She would train 24 hours a week. But she was also a skier, thanks to her mother, Teresa. The combination has helped make Laura a world champion with high hopes for Olympic gold. Laura explains, “I learnt to ski at Perisher when I was about three years...
Early bird entries for running festival to close soon
What's On
Set among the trails of Stromlo Forest Park, with generous cut-off times and a range of distances to suit everyone, the 2021 Stromlo Running Festival is a great opportunity to step off the road and into nature. And you may leave the roads forever. This year's festival, to be held on 20-21 November, will see runners head for the hills...
The NRL’s proposed conference system: what’s in it for the Raiders and fans?
Opinion
Every time rugby league has a ‘vision’ to help the league, it has the potential to cause heart palpitations among Raiders supporters. Remember Super League? That period in the Raiders' history is lamentable and resulted in fans walking away from the code and the team. So naturally, there is an element of scepticism in the proposal to split the NRL...
Hail Marys and hyperbole: Maher Cup rises again
Sport
A famous bush football competition that flourished after the Great War for 50 years then disappeared is returning - at least in book form. A Group Nine, Saturday afternoon contest, the Maher Cup ignites rugby league full-throated fanaticism among anyone who played or followed the game until the early 1970s. Recently at Tumut, where the late Ted Maher launched the...
Selected for the Commonwealth Games at 12, Dimity was thrown in the deep end
Sport
Dimity Douglas was just 12 years of age when she competed in the 100 metres breaststroke at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Dimity was in Year Six at Canberra Girls Grammar Junior School when she was selected in the Australian team. The selection was just three years after she started training in a squad at the Deakin Health Spa....
Tigers eye back-to-back titles ahead of big AFL Canberra season
Sport
Memories of last year's shortened, but successful, AFL Canberra season will be long forgotten when the Queanbeyan Tigers eye back-to-back premierships ahead of the competition's first round on Saturday, 1 May. Queanbeyan's proud Tigers will again have plenty of bite ahead of a full home-and-away schedule of 15 games, plus a full finals series, for all competitions. Only 10 games were...
How a Dalmeny teenager broke the halfpipe world record in Switzerland
Sport
The beachside town of Dalmeny on the NSW South Coast seems an unlikely home for a champion snowboarder. Yet its 16-year-old resident, Valentino Guseli, recently made international headlines for breaking the world record for the highest snowboard halfpipe air. The teenager jumped a staggering – and terrifying – 7.3 metres on the halfpipe (see video below) at Laax in Switzerland, where he's...
Cooma Sports Hub takes another step forward
Sport
Canberra-based firm CK Architecture has been awarded the job of designing the long-awaited Cooma Sports Hub. Snowy Monaro Regional Council's recreational planner Alannah Dickeson said CK Architecture was selected after a local government open tendering process. It was highly contested, with 21 submissions but ultimately council considered prior experience on a range of sporting infrastructure projects to be the deciding factor. The state-of-the-art...
Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club’s new straight track to reduce injuries
News
As greyhounds navigate the risky bends of regular circuit race tracks, officials can only hold their breath and hope for no injuries or worse, deaths. It’s no easy task when travelling at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour. But soon the odds will be more in favour of the dogs, with the NSW Government investing millions of dollars...
Goulburn secures funds for world-class Regional Hockey Centre
Sport
Work is set to begin on a new $7 million water-based world-class hockey field in Goulburn. The project has been given the green light after the NSW Government agreed to contribute $3,872,000 from its Restart NSW Fund. The Goulburn District Hockey Association will also contribute $200,000 and Goulburn Mulwaree Council will fund the remaining $3,009,000. READ ALSO: They’re right to work...
Farewell Tommy Raudonikis: the hardest man in rugby league was also beloved
Sport
The rugby league family is mourning the death of Tommy Raudonikis. It was announced this morning that the legendary hard man of rugby league had lost his long battle with throat cancer at age 70. In many respects, it is hard to encapsulate a life filled with so many stories that have been enshrined in folklore. What was beyond dispute...
The relationships that bind the Green Machine
Sport
Don Furner says the toughest decision he has had to make in his 17 years or so as the Raiders CEO was to tell his brother that he would no longer be coaching the Raiders. That was in 2013. Don and then football manager John Bonasera drove from Canberra to Moruya where the team was in a three-day camp in...
From coast to Canberra, Jaya scores goal with selection in national squad
Sport
Jaya Bowman's first football memories are as one of three girls in an under-9 boys' team for her former local club, the Milton-Ulladulla Panthers. Now, after a move from the South Coast to Canberra, the 14-year-old has been selected in the Junior Matildas squad ahead of the first round of the Asian Football Confederation under-17 Women’s Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers. Jaya has...
Emily Chalker: a hockey loving legend with agriculture in her bones
Sport
If the Australian women's hockey team wins gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August, there's no doubt Crookwell's 2641 residents will paint their streets all shades of green and yellow. The unassuming town on the outskirts of Canberra is not only famous for unearthing award-winning spuds and Farmer Wants a Wife contestant Neil Seaman, but also some of Australia's best...
Michael Beard’s quest for the ultimate challenge
Sport
Goulburn's Michael Beard has not yet found his limit as an athlete and adventurer, but he might be close. As he prepares for the Franklin River’s rugged whitewater experience in Tasmania, he gratefully looks back at the freedom his parents Stephen and Barbara gave him while he was growing up on a farm at Windellama, east of Goulburn. Roaming the...
Big Mal: ‘Canberra Raiders will always be my number one’
Sport
Canberra Raiders legend Mal Meninga may be seen wearing the pale blue of the Gold Coast Titans these days, but he insists the Canberra Raiders – the club he captained to three premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1994 – is still his number-one love. Having left the national capital for his native Queensland in 2004, Meninga returned in 2013 and...
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