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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
6 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestcourier.com.au Skillaroos' Olympian plans Slaving over a hot stove at home in Strathfield, Nenad Djuric is in training to compete in Canada. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP297065 Omar Hanwi THE Skillaroos are 26 competitors in an Australian team poised to compete at the 2009 International WorldSkills Competition in Canada this September. Team members and Strathfield locals Nenad Djuric and James Sun will represent Australia in the cookery and restaurant ser- vice categories at the major trade skills event. The pair leave on August 26, joined by their team mates, in competition against 50 other countries from September 2 to 5. Mr Djuric, 22, is preparing him- self for the chance to show his skills in the international compe- tition. ''I've been pretty busy getting everything ready for Canada,'' Mr Djuric said. ''I'll be making canapes, a hot salmon entree, main courses of lamb and duck, a miniature des- sert platter and there will be two mystery courses as well,'' he said. His daily routine is less competi- tive though, as he is a full-time cook at the Park Hyatt Hotel at the Rocks. ''I've worked in the pasta sec- tion, wood oven, grill, larder and pastry sections too. But the majority of my time is spent training at Ryde TAFE for the competition,'' he said. Mr Sun, 22, will compete in mainly front-of-house style events at WorldSkills 2009. ''I have four modules including gueridon, casual dining, bar and banquet. We get timed, so our speed and efficiency is really im- portant,'' Mr Sun said. Mr Sun works at the Quay Restaurant at the Rocks and is also completing a tourism and hospitality management degree at UTS. ''This competition is not really about winning medals to be better than everyone else, it's about testing yourself to see how good you are,'' he said. WorldSkills Australia CEO Mark Callaghan is excited about the Skillaroos' chances in Canada, after their recent training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in June. ''Over 140 Olympic medals have been won by athletes from the AIS over the years. Now, with the nation willing them on, I believe our Skillaroos have the resolve to bring home some medals of their own,'' Mr Callaghan said. Hardship study funded A NEW study looking at how to help families adapt to stress caused by the global financial crisis will be paid for by the State Government. The Tackling Tough Times study will work with families, particularly those with children under 16, who faced financial difficulties due to job loss and increasingly tight budgets. Mental health expert Professor Beverley Raphael, from the Uni- versity of Western Sydney, will head the research and conduct follow-up studies every six months for two years. The Government has provided $250,000 for the study which will also help people to access support services. Angry' joins kids' convoy ANGRY Anderson will be one of the special guests at The Sydney Convoy For Kids' inaugural Fundraising Ball on Friday, July 24 at Le Montage, Leichhardt. The charity night is raising money for NETS (the neonatal emergency transport service) and TelstraChild Flight. Event co-ordinator, Stephanie Gittany from Strathfrield said the ball was a way to reach a wider audience. Tickets are $160 per person or $1500 for a table of 10 and include four course meal, wine, beer and soft drink. To book a ticket, call 0435 212 362. ANNUAL If you had a big slice of Sydney Harbour foreshore land, what would you do with it? Large areas of Sydney Harbour foreshore land are looking for a new life. What should it be? This is exactly what we want Sydneysiders to tell us. Sydney has large sections of foreshore land around the Anzac Bridge with huge potential for change. This land is just two kilometres from the city and its future is yours to decide. Working harbour? Parks? Entertainment? Business quarter? Living spaces? What should it be? Sydney Harbour belongs to all Sydneysiders from the mountains to the sea, so why not have your say? To fi nd out more and get involved go to www.shapesydneysforeshore.com or call 9240 8500. BAYS PRECINCT SYDNEY
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