August 22, 2012
Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin has congratulated a Ballina junior netball team and nine outstanding individual athletes after they received grants from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.
“Sporting achievements and events are on people’s minds, following so close on the heels of the London Olympics and our exciting performances there and with the London Paralympics only a week away, it is a good time to recognise our up-and-coming athletes from across the electorate,” she said.
“Ballina Netball Association’s 12-years representative side used their $3000 team grant to help with the costs of competing in their first NSW State Age Championships at Gosford recently.
“Coach Elizabeth Shaw reports that her charges finished a creditable 16th against teams from much larger netball associations and had a great experience.
“Team members included Charlotte Cornwell, Georgi Fettell, Ashleigh Glenn, Tara Meaney, Samantha Meredith, Lucy Miles, Charlee Mitchell, Mayha Nowlan and Olivia Peak.”
Ms Saffin again thanked her Local Sporting Champions expert judging panel of SBS football analyst and former Socceroo Craig Foster, Southern Cross University lecturer and sports commentator Dr Dave Arthur, champion canoeist Ros Lawrence and Daily Examiner sports editor Patrick Allen.
April 21, 2011
Twin Towns Services Runners and Walkers Club are hosting their 8th Good Friday Fun Run/Walk on Fingal Beach.
GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 22, 2011 @ 2.30 PM FINGAL BEACH.
Join the club members for a fun afternoon amongst family and friends walking or running a distance of 3 or 6 kilometres, the choice is yours.
The 3km event is primarily suited to the 11 to 15 years. Walkers are also invited for this distance.
The 6km event is for age groups 16 and over – either running or walking the distance.
March 13, 2011
Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin is encouraging young sportspeople to apply for Local Sporting Champions grants, this year worth a total of $25,000.
Ms Saffin said funding for the popular program has doubled, helping more local families with the costs of competing at state and national competitions.
“The other great news is that our independent judging panel has agreed to continue lending its expertise in assessing grant applications,” she said.
“I am delighted to have former Socceroo and SBS football commentator Craig Foster, Olympic kayak silver medallist Jacqui Lachmann (nee Lawrence) and Southern Cross University Senior Lecturer Dr Dave Arthur on board again.’’
July 17, 2009
Southern Cross University Sport and Exercise Science student and elite athlete Aaron Stubbs has made history as one of the few people to have raced a horse – and won.
Aaron made his historic win against the racehorse Bonboneire Lady this week at the XXXX Gold Grafton Racing Carnival’s WHK Ramornie Handicap Day, one of country racing’s biggest race meetings.
April 13, 2009
Eighteen-year-old Lismore beach sprinter Aaron Stubbs is $40,000 richer after taking out the 128th edition of the Australia Post Stawell Gift.
Wearing shoes sent to him back in 2003 by five-time Australian 100m champion Matt Shirvington, Stubbs blitzed the field from the gun and quickly gathered in the front markers.
March 5, 2009
Member for Page Janelle Saffin today congratulated one team and four individual recipients of the Federal Government’s new Local Sporting Champions grants program.
Ms Saffin said Grafton High School’s Rowing Club would receive $3000 towards its tilt at the Australian National Titles being staged at Lake Barrington in Tasmania this week.
Managed by Kerrie Tarrant, team members include Briony Edgar, Oliver Couch, Fraser Hemphill, Sarah Jones, Cameron Kitcher, Nicholas Mills, Timothy Riddell, Nathan Sneesby, Adam Spies and Johanna Tarrant.
Ms Saffin congratulated individual recipients of $500 grants – Wooloweyah swimmer Dylan Brown, Wollongbar water polo player Paul Carter, Ballina athlete with a disability Mikey Lloyd-Tighe, and South Grafton cricketer Kara Sutherland.
March 5, 2009
Alstonville triathlete Josh McHugh will be chasing a spot in the Australian team for the World Triathlon Championships when he contests the City of Perth Challenge on Sunday, March 15.
McHugh, aged 20, already has competed internationally.
He spent time training in Germany in 2007 and recorded an impressive 17th place in a Pro-Men race in London.
Last year he competed in China as part of the Asian Continental Cup series.
March 1, 2009
Mullumbimby runner Kurt Mulcahy finished third in what was billed as Australia’s most eagerly awaited 400m event, at last night’s Sydney Track Classic meet.
Included in the field was history’s second-fastest 100m runner, Asafa Powell, who once clocked 9.72 seconds.
Mulcahy, a member of last year’s Australian team for the World Junior Championships, finished third to Sean Wroe from Melbourne.
Wroe won in 45.28 sec, ahead of Xavier Carter, of the United States, who clocked 45.75.
Mulcahy’s 45.84 put him ahead of Powell in 45.94, with Australia’s Commonwealth champion John Steffensen fifth (45.98).
In the 2007-08 domestic season, Mulcahy competed in the 400m at the Sydney and Melbourne Grand Prix meets, then contested a strong field at the open Nationals to finish 7th (47.27).
He then competed in the Under-20 national titles two weeks later, finishing first in the 400m and 200m.
Following a strong season, he was selected to compete in his second World Junior Championships, in Poland.
Competing in the 400m and 4x400m, he finished an impressive fourth in the individual event, with the relay team missing a place in the final.
July 4, 2008
Would-be fitness aficionados hoping to find motivation to get off the couch might take inspiration from Ballina Athletics and Northern Rivers Hash House Harriers runner and Southern Cross University staffer Peter Brown.
The Lismore local and SCU purchasing/supply officer is preparing to take on a 21.1km run at the Gold Coast Marathon this weekend, the 18th time he has participated in the event.
May 4, 2008
The Byron Bay Triathlon next weekend and an event in China soon after are next on the agenda for Josh McHugh, the open men’s 10km winner of this morning’s Northern Star-Ballina Lions Club fun in Ballina.
Josh, of Alstonville, scored his second successive win in the Ballina event, leading the field home in 34 minutes and 16 seconds.
The winner of the women’s 10km event was Jessica Purbrick, a 25-year-old from Ballina. She clocked 37:17.