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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23rd 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 23, 2009 5 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS No tears from old salt Scott Howlett Ron Montague, at Rodd Point, will be sailing at the World Masters Games. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP299373 Are you competing in the World Masters Games? Let our readers know online at www.innerwestcourier.com.au RON Montague took up sailing shortly after having the lower half of his right leg amputated nine years ago. Today, the 55-year-old from Enfield is counting down the days to the opening of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, from October 10 to 18. Mr Montague will compete in the Access 303 sailing class, with races staged from Dobroyd Aquatic Club, Rodd Point. Mr Montague, who also hopes to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, met the Inner West Courier at the club on Tuesday morning. His trouble began after a car accident in 1972. ''I was smashed up pretty badly and the doctors told my mother that they might have to take my leg off,'' he said. ''The leg lasted another 28 years, but I always had trouble with it. ''By 2000, the bone in my heel started to crumble and that's when the doctor told me that the leg would have to come off.'' There were no tears. After 28 years of chronic pain, Mr Montague said, ''it was a relief. ''I didn't realise just how much pain I had been in all that time. ''I get around a lot better now so it's all good.'' After his operation, Mr Montague said, he received a phone call from the Amputee Association asking him if he would like to join them for a spot of sailing. ''And I said, sure, and I haven't looked back,'' he said. Mr Montague is a horticulturist based at Enfield. ''I have a prosthetic leg, but I've got nothing to hide,'' he said. ''It's been a good thing, I don't have a problem with it. If I hadn't had my leg amputated I would never have sailed. ''Sailing is the best way to spend a day in Sydney. And now I am looking forward to the World Masters Games and then maybe on to London.'' To take part, register before 5pm on July 31 online at www.2009worldmasters.com or phone the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Com- mittee on 8116 2009 for details. Quicknews MATCHBOX TWENTY A Matchbox Twenty tribute band will play at the Drummoyne RSL on Saturday, July 25. Tickets cost $12 for members and $15 for guests. Bookings: 9181 3181. MISSING VOTERS The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is trying to track down 370,000 missing NSW voters. Suspected non-registered voters will receive a mail package containing an enrolment form. The AEC is encour- aging all voters to enrol or update their enrolment details prior to the next election. Visit www.aec.gov.au AREA HEALTH TOP BOSS The Sydney South West Area Health Service has been named Employer of the Year by Career Development Association of Australia. The service offers more than 200 clinical and non-clinical career development programs for its 22,000 staff. BURWOOD WALKING GROUP ARE you a keen walker? Help start a local walking group with Burwood mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook. We re fortunate to have several beautiful parks and scenic green areas that would facilitate this type of activity perfectly," she said. Walking suits most lifestyles, she said, and regular walking can improve your fitness and reduce your risk of developing con- ditions such as heart disease. Phone 9911 9935. BUSINESS NETWORKING CROYDON Park Chamber of Com- merce is holding a networking lunch on July 28, at the Croydon Park Chinese Restaurant, 157 Georges River Rd, from 12.30pm, cost $25/$30. Phone 9744 8979. www.thebestfurniture.com.au Free No Obligation Quote email@example.com RECOVER YOUR FAVOURITE Lounge Suites, Recliners, Sofas & Dining Chairs We come to you with FABRIC & LEATHER SAMPLES MOBILE SERVICE 1800 660 632 2029362i iww wk52 STOCKTAKE SALE NOW ON UP TO 70% OFF RRP* *Offer exludes samples. *Selected items only. LIDCOMBE Factor y Outlet adidas Factor y Outlet 55-59 Parramatta Road Lidcombe 2141 Phone 974 8 0577 Anti-gravity. www.swissmasai.com.au Footwear designed to lift you up. MBTs are clinically proven to: Increase muscle activity Improve posture Decrease stress on knee & hip joints Can alleviate back & joint pain Burwood 9715 2580 Shop 118 West eld Parramatta 9635 1483 Shop 5067 West eld Church street The Athlete's Foot 2165487k wk04
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