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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 28th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 29, 2009 11 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Twins double the fun and fitness SHIREEN KHALIL Cameron and Michael Roberts, of Five Dock, are training for the Kids TRY-athlon. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP237807 FIVE Dock twins Cameron and Michael Roberts have been training hard to give the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRY- athlon another go this Sunday. The 11-year-old boys who will be competing in the event for the third time are excited to show what they've got. ''We can't wait and we really like it because it's all about having a go and heaps of our friends go in it,'' the boys said. Cameron said he hoped to go better this time despite the greater distances. ''I think I will finish all the races this year but it's a lot harder this time because the distances have gone higher.'' The boys said they had been training very hard over the past four weeks, concentrating on a different sport a day. ''We do one thing at a time and we cycle and swim a lot and run around the block,'' they said. While Cameron is looking forward to swimming, Michael has his heart set on cycling. ''I'm looking forward to cycling because it was 3km and now it's 6km, but it's good,'' Michael said. The boys' goal is to complete all the races. Sydney Olympic Park hosts the first TRY-athlon on Sunday for children aged seven to 15 years who will ride and run through courses at the Aquatic Centre and in The Overflow. More than 15,000 kids will take part in events across the country until April 5. To register and for details, visit www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au PM pledges $5m to fit out asbestos labs FIONA BRADY Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pays tribute to Bernie Banton. THE Prime Minister paid a special visit to Concord Hospital last week to open the world's largest dedi- cated asbestos research centre, named after the late Bernie Banton. The $12 million facility will be dedicated to improving the pre- vention, early diagnosis and treat- ment of asbestos-related diseases which are expected to affect up to 20,000 Australians over the next 50 years. Mr Rudd said the Federal Gov- ernment would contribute $5 million towards the final fit-out costs of the centre. ''This centre has just one pur- pose, to improve the lives of asbestos victims and their famil- ies through new inventive treat- ments and solutions to asbestos- related diseases,'' Mr Rudd said. In his speech the Prime Minister paid many tributes to Bernie Banton who was treated at Con- cord Hospital and who he called an ''Australian hero''. ''Through his darkest days he stayed full of fight and full of life. ''He never stopped thinking of how he could help those who'd suffered from these devastating diseases.'' The opening was also attended by Premier Nathan Rees, former premier Bob Carr who is the chair of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation and NSW Governor Prof Marie Bashir, as well as members of Mr Banton's family, including his 10-year-old grandson Jack. The facility includes eight labor- atories as well as education and meeting rooms. It will be operated by the Asbes- tos Diseases Research Foundation and led by world-renowned tho- racic oncologist Professor Nico van Zandwijk from The Netherlands. For all your flooring needs timber or laminate from $19 95 per sq mt modern funky rugs from $199 00each fully laid Carpet from $29.95 per sq mt free shop at home service - ph NORTH PARRAMATTA Shop 2, 639 Church Street Parramatta 132323 AUBURN Shop 2, 126 Parramatta Road Auburn 2001587K
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