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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 1 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 2, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Vet worthy of the $10m FIONA BRADY A VIETNAM veteran on disability allowance has claimed the $10 million Powerball jackpot after carrying the winning ticket around in his wallet for four weeks. The Inner West man who bought the ticket at North Strathfield Newsagent said he usually only checked his tickets every six weeks. ''I was at a funeral this morning and was feeling a bit down so thought I would treat myself to a leisurely lunch,'' he said on Friday. ''I was in a shop buying the paper so decided to check my tickets and on the second one the terminal froze. ''I was then speaking to a lady from NSW Lotteries on the phone who told me I'd won $10 million. ''Because I'm partially deaf I thought I hadn't heard her prop- erly. I had to ask her to repeat it a few times.'' The man who is on partial disability allowance from injuries sustained in the Vietnam War said ''early retirement is on the cards''. ''I'm going to help the children out, make life more comfortable for my family,'' he said. ''The mortgage can be taken care of and definitely some over- seas trips are on the cards. ''I even think I'll buy a Harley Davidson. ''I would also like to do some volunteer work with the Vietnam Veteran Association.'' The winning entry had 36 stan- dard games and cost $23.10. Silver end to campaign FIONA BRADY Angie Ballard in action at the Beijing Paralympic Games. ANGIE Ballard has a stunning reminder of her time in China. Since returning to Sydney last Wednesday, the Paralympian has had little time to reflect on the glory she grabbed in the dying days of the Games. After five gruelling events in 10 days at the Beijing Paralympics, she saw a silver lining. The Liberty Grove wheelchair athlete finally secured a medal -- silver in the T53/54 women's 4x100m relay -- after some tough competition in her other events. She and her teammates Madison de Rozario, Christie Dawes and Jemima Moore managed to hold out the US to grab silver from China's dominant foursome. Ballard, 26, who's enjoying a well-earned break with her family in Canberra, said she and her teammates relished their moment on the podium. ''It was great,'' she said, adding that having her family there made it all the more special. ''In Athens none of my family was able to come because it was a lot more expensive. ''It was the end of the week so it was really good to top it off that way.'' In her other T53 events Ballard came fifth in the final of the 100m event, seventh in the 200m final, seventh in the 400m final, and sixth in the 800m final. She said an over-training period in May could have impacted on her rankings in the other races. ''I had a really good Games, really solid, and I think I did the best I could on the day but physically I was not at my best,'' she said. ''I'm satisfied that I gave it everything I had. In previous interviews I hoped that I would have been further up in the rank- ings but the girls in my races were just so strong and the depth and skill were just so great.'' The road and track racer is now looking forward to the 2011 World Championships and the London Olympics. ''I'm actually really hungry right now, that's the good thing the Games do for you,'' she said. ''You want to go home and get into it again -- you get so many ideas and motivation and inspi- ration.'' accent >> on Burwood projects Children's Week 2008 2 Conder St. Burwood Phone: 9911 9911 www.burwood.nsw.gov.au Your Community News from Burwood Council 2020127i iww wk14 will improve residents' lifestyles and the amenity and attractiveness of our municipality. The school holidays are very nearly upon us and parents across the municipality will be making plans and wondering what to do with the little ones! Burwood Council is making sure that families have plenty to do with the Community Services' Mobile Playvan providing plenty of fun and games! In celebration of Children's Week 2008, the Playvan will be in both Henley and Burwood Park entertaining the children. Wednesday 22 October Henley Park 10am-midday Thursday 23 October Burwood Park 10am-midday Parents and carers are invited to bring the kiddies along and enjoy a morning of laughter and stimulating activities such as: • Painting and craft • Story time • Singing & dance • Balloon & Bubble fun • Morning Tea • ...and much more! Don't forget to bring a hat and some sunscreen!
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