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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 21st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 22, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Riders thrill to thunderous applause EUGENIA LEE BMX riders perform stunts in Five Dock Park. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~pP235604 RAIN and thunder couldn't keep the fans away as they waited to see the nifty tricks and extreme stunts of the BMX elite. Five Dock Skate Park hosted some of Australia's best BMX bikers last Thursday. The 2009 BMX Colony and Forgotten tour started in Brisbane on January 9 and will end on Australia Day in Melbourne at the BMX games. Vans number one BMX rider Ryan Guettler is headlining the tour, with Colony's team chief Clint Millar, Liam Fahy- Hampton, Alex Hiam, Josh Mete, Jed Mildon, Zac Miner and Jaie Toohey. Guettler's signature trick is the ''grizz air'' which took him three years to nail. Youngest in the tour, 13-year- old Alex Hiam, has been riding for almost three years and hopes to represent Australia in the 2012 Olympics. ''It's heaps of fun and a good experience,'' Alex said. ''You can do whatever you want.'' His favourite tricks are the flair and doublet. The team is visiting all the BMX hotspots and stores in Australia, participating in riding sessions, jams, barbecue and promoting BMX. Visit www.vans.net.au or www.colonybmx.com.au Our good sports win gold EUGENIA LEE SUPPORTED BY INNER-WEST WEEKLY See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au INNER West athletes won a total of eight gold, two silver, and four bronze medals at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival (AYOF) this year. Ashbury's Kenneth To grabbed the most medals with four gold -- in the 100m breastroke, 4x100m freestyle, 200m breastroke, and 200m individual medley -- and a silver medal in the 4x100m med- ley. Two weeks ago the 16-year-old Trinity Grammar School student took a further six gold medals and broke Ian Thorpe's NSW record in the 200m individual medley at the State Age Championships. ''Just experiencing what it's goingtobelikeifwegotothe Olympics and being able to race really fast guys from Japan and Canada and New Zealand was a good experience,'' Kenneth said. ''I love the competitiveness of the sport and trying to better yourself in everything that you do. ''It taught me a lot about life and how to manage yourself and how to motivate yourself.'' Kenneth was the Inner-West Weekly's 2007 Junior Sports Star. He trains six to seven sessions a week, and said his next focus will be the state and national open championships, especially the end of the year season age nationals. Caitlin Sinclair, also from Ashbury, was the outstanding fe- male in the pool, finishing with a gold medal in the 4x100m medley, which set an AYOF record, and a bronze in 200m backstroke. In the 4x200m freestyle, Alexander Patrulescu, of Strathfield, won gold. Inner West athletes dominated in more than just swimming. Breakfast Point's Elisa Barnard, 15, was part of the archery team that took out the gold medal. Despite a shoulder injury from November, she helped the team beat Malaysia by 30 points. ''It was such a great atmosphere and great practice for future tour- naments,'' Elisa said. She has numerous national re- cords and gold medals under her belt. ''I'm going to take another few weeks of rehab to strengthen my shoulder before the Junior Worlds in Utah in July and so this is sort of a good practice leading up to that because the same team from the Youth Olympics will be going to that.'' In high jump, Shani Sleeman, of Concord West, won gold. Drummoyne rowers Anna Kaszycki and Matthew Dignan took out a silver medal in quad- ruple sculls and a bronze medal in coxless pair, respectively. Another Drummoyne con- tender, Paul Sindone, finished with a bronze medal at water polo, beating China by 21-1. A bronze medal was also awarded to rhythmic gymnast Enid Sung of Belfield for her rope, hoop and ball performance. Other local athletes who com- peted were Gabriella Poletto of Five Dock in rowing; Josiah Purss of Summer Hill in diving; and Beatrix Sheldrick of Drummoyne in rowing. See Sport for more of the action MENINGITIS CAN KILL IN 24 HOURS Be aware of the symptoms New meningococcal disease symptoms DVD now on our website: www.meningitis.com.au Freecall 1800 250 223 Inaugural member Championing a skilled workforce ablac.com.au Call the experts at Australian Business Limited Apprenticeships Centre on 1300 652 236 Attract and retain valuable workers Give your staff a recognised qualification through an apprenticeship or traineeship and get Government funding to train your workforce. At no cost to you we will visit your workplace to: > advise on over 500 occupations > assist with government incentives up to $4,000 > explain payroll tax rebates > complete the paperwork. We can also help with recruitment options.
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