August, 2018

International Day of People with a Disability in the spotlight at PCYC

SPORTING ABILITY: Daniel Pocock enjoyed taking part in the wheelchair basketball as part of In the Spotlight, to mark International Day for People With Disability yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1203sgability1ABOUT 175 people with a disability, their carers and family members gathered at the Orange PCYC on Wednesday to celebrate the International Day of People With Disability.
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The events included a cooking demonstration with MasterChef’s Kate Bracks, herb potting, a drumming group and wheelchair basketball.

The Anson Street dancers performed their School Spectacular routine and the Canobolas Rural Technology High School dancers also put on a show.

International Day for People With Disability is held to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

The Orange event, called In the Spotlight, was set up by representatives from several Orange-based disability groups.

Among those taking part in the day was David White.

“I like everything, I saw my brother today, I got to play basketball and drumming and potting of plants,” he said.

Darren Yates from Sport and Recreation organised the wheelchair basketball, which was particularly popular.

“It’s to demonstrate what sort of sports are around for people with disabilities,” he said.

Kate Bracks said she enjoyed the cooking demonstration and focused on texture, with the slow-cooked lamb and bircher muesli both popular dishes.

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Raising Awareness

Hoping their moustaches might trigger an important conversation and save a life, the Federal Hotel Mo Bros finished Movember celebrations with a shave off at the weekend, raising $2300 (double that of last year).
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Team captain Scott Dutfield said the event had been going for four years, ever since he and former hotel manager Matt Scott decided to see who could grow the best mo.

“We then realised we could raise money for a good cause and when we found out about Movember we thought it was a good reason.”

During his time at the Federal Hotel he has seen a lot of men affected by issues like depression and prostate cancer and he believes that Movember has been a huge success when it comes to changing the face of all issues of men’s health.

“Everyone asks are you growing your moustache for Movember,” he said.

Tracey Reid of the Federal Hotel shaved the teammates mos, including those of long-time moustache growers who joined the cause, and the title of best mo went to James Whale.

The Federal Hotel Mo Bros before their shave.

It was thanks to the generosity of many local businesses that they were able to raise a record amount of money.

The Movember Foundation claims that in NSW 30 per cent more men from regional areas die from prostate cancer than in the city.

Since then Movember has made a $5.5 million investment in the Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Registry to try and find out why.

“This will enable detailed research into why men from different areas have different disease journeys and it will also help ensure funds are going where they are needed most,” Asia Pacific’s Movember director Jeremy Macvean said.

One of the country’s leading prostate cancer researchers, Associate Professor David Smith, said while the reasons behind the difference of prostate cancer deaths in regional versus urban areas isn’t clear, the research highlights the importance of men taking action when it comes to their health.

“Prostate cancer has serious health consequences and too many Aussie men die of this disease. We need a better understanding of why men from certain areas do so poorly,” said David.

Over $2.4 million has been raised this year and the Movember Foundation is the world’s leading men’s health organisation, committed to changing the face of men’s health in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Since 2003, Movember has raised $580 million to fund more than 800 men’s health programs worldwide.

“But there is still more work to be done,” a spokesperson said.

“We won’t stop growing so long as men’s health issues exist.”

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Respectable finish for Pellow

PROFESSIONAL Dubbo triathlete Matt Pellow has continued his early season form by finishing sixth at a half-ironman event at Penrith on Sunday.
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The Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney was at it’s predictable extreme weather conditions – radiantly hot and humid.

With very little shade or protection, Pellow finished early enough to beat the heat in a total time of four hours and two minutes.

Pellow lost some contact with the lead swimmer as the leading group of professionals created a single file and came out in the second group at the Sydney International Regatta Centre about a minute behind the leader on 25 minutes 37 seconds for the 1900 metre swim.

In one of Pellow’s strongest ever rides over the 90-kilometre bike leg, he averaged almost 42 km/h to finish in two hours and nine minutes before starting the half marathon run of 21 kilometres with tight hamstrings.

This recurring injury has hampered Pellow’s normally strongest leg since the initial injury in January this year in Auckland.

He finished the run in one hour and 25 minutes.

Five fellow Dubbo Triathletes also completed with all starting later than the professionals where the radiant temperatures from the bitumen surface took their toll in association with the humidity.

The water temperature was above the 24-degree level so wetsuits were not allowed to assist with buoyancy.

Gary Barber was the quickest swimmer among the Dubbo age groupers in 37 minutes followed by Nick Wilson on 40 minutes – two minutes in front of Lachlan Roach, who was a further minute in front of Andrew Stanley.

Damien Kelly finished his swim in 49 minutes.

Barber fired on the bike in a personal best time for the distance of two hours and 34 minutes, two minutes in front of Roach.

Stanley finished in two hours and 52 minutes, while Kelly finished the bike in three hours and eight minutes, a total of eight minutes in front of Wilson.

The normally quick runners were all hampered by the hot weather conditions with four showers installed by organisers to help reduce the effects of high core-body temperatures.

Competitors were melting like caramellos and cramping was occurring everywhere. It was a war of attrition.

Roach was the quickest of the age groupers in a little over two hours to finish in five hours and 32 minutes, 10 minutes clear of Stanley, who had an extraordinary race, also winning the Dubbo Triathlon Club internal handicap award.

Barber was not suited to the run conditions and finished the event in six hours and 10 minutes, 24 minutes in front of Kelly who was just happy to cross the line to collect yet another finishers medal in a decorated career.

Wilson had to withdraw after the bike leg with a hamstring strain.

The next race of the Dubbo Triathlon Club season will be on Sunday, December 7, with registrations opening at 2.30pm at Ollie Robbins Oval.

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Foran about to reach an amazing 60-year milestone

Bob ForanGILGANDRA’S annual new year racing carnival is set to be that little bit more special next month, with home-town race caller Bob Foran preparing to call his 60th Gilgandra Cup.
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Foran has been a stalwart of the Gilgandra and western NSW racing scene as a caller, trainer, owner and even trackwork rider.

President of Gilgandra Jockey Club (GJC), Andrew Schier said the community and local racing industry is keen to ensure Foran’s landmark call is something to remember.

“The club is holding a calcutta night at the racecourse on Saturday, January 3, and we will take the opportunity to recognise Bob’s 60th call and also his service to the racing industry over the past seven decades,” Schier said.

“We want to allow Bob to focus on his call of the Cup on Sunday, so I encourage all those people that know Bob to come along to Gilgandra for both the calcutta and the Cup meeting.”

Next year will be a big year for the Gilgandra community with the centenary of the 1915 Coo-ee March. To mark this event the GJC will launch a new race, the Coo-ee Cup, to be run over 1800m.

Just to add to the day, leading jockey Greg Ryan will make his second attempt at winning his 10th Gilgandra Cup.

“Bob has given so much to the racing industry and I would love to see a really good crowd on hand to add to the atmosphere and make it a special day,” Schier said.

For information in the lead up to the Gilgandra Cup follow the Gilgandra Jockey Club page on Facebook.

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Thirteen students excel at national championships

THE Kumiai-Ryu Martial Arts National Championships were held at the Tony Luchetti Sportsground in Lithgow recently, with 13 students from the Dubbo training centre competing on the day.
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Overall the group received 42 placings, which was an extraordinary outcome as most of the competitors from Dubbo were juniors who are still developing their martial arts skills.

Events covered kata, points sparring, tricking, sumo and sword, weapons, freestyle sparring, Sanda and full-contact sparring events.

Particular mention goes to Jordan Heatonm who at 10 years of age took out first place in Kata and martial arts tricking, second in points sparring and third place in freestyle for the 8-10 year advanced to black belt division.

Jordan was also awarded the converted Junior (under-12) Spirit Award which is given to a competitor who competes with honour, respect and great sportsmanship.

Caitlin Powyer and Lachlan Keller also performed well on the day, taking home 6 placings each in a variety of events with Caitlin the national champion in her full contact and sword divisions and Lachlan in freestyle sparring and sword.

Other national champions from Dubbo included Maddison Keller in points sparring and sumo, Tanya Andersen in Xtreme Weapons, Jonathon Gleeson in sword, Kaiesha Clarke-Russo in sumo and sword and Connor Eisel in points sparring.

“I am very proud of the students who have put in a lot of hard work into their training, all competed to the best of their abilities, putting 100 per cent effort in, showing true martial arts spirit and great sportsmanship,” Dubbo dojo owner and head instructor Shidoin Daniel Andersen said.

“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose as long as students do the best they can and have a great time doing it. We are about teaching valuable lifeskills that students can take into everyday life such as focus, discipline, control and importantly self-defence .”

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