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World trip gave Camden GP a new view

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Former Camden resident Dan Ho has just completed a round the world sailing race. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Dan 1 Camden’s Dan Ho took part in the Clipper Round the World Race.

A SPUR-of-the-moment decision led to a life-changing voyage for former Camden doctor Dan Ho.

Despite having no sailing experience Dr Ho (pictured) took part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as a medic.

“Two years ago I happened to be sitting in a train at St Leonards and saw a poster that said ‘Are you ready for the race of your life’,” he said.

And so began an 11-month voyage around the world, which finished in London last month.

“It is a race of 12 yachts and each has a crew of up to 24 people, including a skipper,” Dr Ho said.

“Not everyone does the whole trip. Nine people did the round-the-world trip and the rest were leggers who came on for one leg [of the voyage].

“‘I learnt a lot about myself and how I would cope with lack of sleep, fatigue and dealing with the crew, a bunch of strangers you are living with in very close quarters.”

While he was on board to help with any medical emergencies, Dr Ho also helped to sail the boat and experienced massive waves and storms.

Dr Ho’s crew was forced to change skippers three times due to unforseen circumstances and, as a result came in 10th, but he said the trip had given him a new perspective on life.

“I’m much more excited, even though I have come back with no job,” he said.

“There’s no fear and I know now, no matter what I do I will be able to cope and survive.”

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Pad up for cricket grants

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MEMBERS of the Muswellbrook cricket community are being invited to apply for funding for major projects through the McDonald’s Community Facility Grants Program.

The primary purpose of the 2014-15 initiative is to improve playing and practice facilities, which includes the development and expansion of practice facilities, the establishment and repair of synthetic and turf wickets, as well as improvements to amenities.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, September 30, and all projects must be completed by December 31, 2015.

Funding is available up to a maximum of 25 per cent of the total cost of the project.

Game development general manager – NSW/ACT Cameron French said the program would help to provide valuable infrastructure for cricket communities around the state.

“The McDonald’s Community Facility Grants Program is designed to support councils, clubs, schools and associations in providing facilities that will help develop and foster cricket in their local communities,” he said.

“In 2013-14 we were able to support 27 projects from all over the NSW, ranging from Albury, Armidale, Wagga Wagga in regional NSW to Lane Cove, Bangor, Ryde, Waverley and Drummoyne in metropolitan Sydney.”

McDonald’s Muswellbrook licensee Phil Wilson said their support of the Community Facility Grants Program was just one way in which the partnership with Cricket NSW encourages and inspires local cricket players and communities.

“It brings me tremendous joy to know that through our partnership with Cricket NSW, we will help foster the growth and development of one of Australia’s most loved sports,” he said.

“I urge the Muswellbrook cricket community to take advantage of the program and apply.”

Organisations interested in applying for the Grants Program should contact Cricket NSW either by phone (8302 6000) or email ([email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au) to obtain a copy of the guidelines and application forms.

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Recognising history

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Issaiah Thommers (left) and Preston Coe received certificates for their speech at the (NAIDOC) public speaking and debating championships. Two Henty Public School students have excelled in public speaking and placed first at the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) public speaking and debating championships.

The two boys, Issaiah Thommers and Preston Coe were paired up to reasearch and speak about indigenous people serving in Australian war times.

They traveled to Wagga to compete against other schools in the region on August 28.

The boys spoke with Wiradjuri elder Aunty Nancy Rooke from Albury about her own personal family’s involvement in the armed forces.

The aim was to pair up a non-indigenous child with an indigenous child in order to increase their understanding of the past.

The judges wereparticularly impressed with the research the pair completed for the speech.

NAIDOC week is celebrated each July to celebrate theculture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Henty Public School has a new flag pole to fly the Aboriginal Flag which was paid for by a grant from the Greater Hume Shire.

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Penrith Panthers women’s basketball team lose semi-final

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Dropping buckets: Rohanee Cox was ranked the most efficient player in the WCL competition. Picture: Noel Rowsell photoexcellence苏州美甲美睫培训学校.auThe Panthers senior women’s team has fallen at the penultimate hurdle in the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition, loosing87-76 to the Hornsby Spiders in the semi-finals.

Rohanee Cox was superb for the Panthers through the majority of the game.

Her departure from the action through fouls signaled the beginning of the end for the Panthers.

Penrith led 22-17, 33-25 and 50-46 at the end of the first three quarters respectively, out-playing the minor premiers and looking likelyfor an upset victory.

The loss of Cox in the fifth minute of the final quarter would prove to be a costly blow, as the Spiders ralliedto take the lead in the closing minutes.

Both teams hit clutch baskets in the final minute, with the full time score subsequently locked at 67-all.

Hornsby could not be contained in extra time, despite some heroics from Alicia Poto and Tahlia Tupaea and would go on to record an 11-point win.

Poto led the Panthers with 29 points, 10 boards and 6 assists, ahead of Cox 22 points and 10 boards and Tupaea with 19 points.

The Panthers Youth League men defeated the Blacktown West Storm 82-76 in the Division Two Youth League semi-finals and would go on to record a last-minute 75-74 win over the Maitland Mustangs in the grand final.

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Riders gallop into charity horse event

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RIDERS of all ages are invited to jump on their horse and gallop to the Denman Charity Horse Ride this Saturday.

The annual event supports the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and all the fun begins at the Denman Pony Club grounds at 7am for breakfast.

Denman Charity Horse Ride president Norm Jones has been a part of the fundraiser since it began 26 years ago.

He said it had been a successful, family day out every year.

“In 2013, we had about 120 riders,” he told the Hunter Valley News.

“We expect a good crowd this year too.”

After breakfast, the group will muster at 8am and leave shortly after.

Morning tea will be provided during the trail, which is approximately 25 kilometres and lunch will be available at its completion.

The fun continues into Saturday evening with an auction, band, bar, barbecue and dancing.

Camping is available at the pony club grounds.

The cost is $10 to enter, or $30 for a family; and stallions are not permitted.

For more information, go to www.visitdenman苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au or contact Norm on 6547 2318 or Mick on 6547 2377.

POPULAR EVENT: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service support group’s Rod Johnson and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service chairman of the board Cliff Marsh, who took part in last year’s Denman Charity Horse Ride. Pic: JEMMA ANSHAW

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