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Triathlon: Atkinson and Luxford Prove Class To Take National Titles In City Of Perth Challenge

Triathlon: Atkinson and Luxford Prove Class To Take National Titles In City Of Perth Challenge

Atkinson wins the Australian Distance Championship

Atkinson wins the Australian Distance Championship

Queenslander Courtney Atkinson confirmed his status as a master tactician by successfully defending his Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon title in today’s City of Perth Challenge.

Following what was, by his lofty standards, a poor swim, the Beijing Olympian lead a pack of 16 off the bike before running away from Victorian-based ACT athlete Gareth Halverson at the halfway stage of the 10km run to win in a time of 1hr 46min 17secs. Halverson finished almost a full minute adrift, while up-and-coming Queenslander James Seear snaring bronze and in doing so earned himself automatic selection in the Under 23 field for the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September.

Atkinson rides to victory in  Australian Distance Championship

Atkinson rides to victory in Australian Distance Championship

“I had a really poor swim because the young blokes were all hyped up and sprinted out for the first 200 metres and I really battled to get through the field from there,” Atkinson said.

“Gareth went with me on the run and although we’re actually rooming together over here this weekend I really don’t know that much about his racing style and you’re never too sure how things will go because someone always jumps up and has a good day. But at the 5km mark it started to warm up and I suppose I was able to hold my pace and he dropped off a bit. That was the goal – to run out reasonably hard and then stick to a pace that I could hold evenly.”

Halverson, 24, was happy with his return to form: “I had a few injuries and then it was probably more of a mental challenge to turn things around, but that was a good race for me and gives me a solid platform going into what will hopefully be a strong season”.

Annabel Luxford leads the field in the Australian Distance Championship

Annabel Luxford leads the field in the Australian Distance Championship

In the women’s race, Queensland’s Annabel Luxford continued her triumphant return from injury, dominating today’s field to add the Olympic Distance title to the national sprint crown she secured in Hobart last month.

Luxford was in complete control after stepping off the bike among a leading bunch of four riders, but set the tone immediately in the run leg to move away and win easily in a time of 1hr 59min 38secs. Japan’s Sakimoto Tomoko showed plenty of grit to claim second, while local hope Felicity Sheedy-Ryan thrilled the Perth crowd to pull back two places in the run home to snare the bronze medal.

Luxford, a former world number one, only gave herself a pass mark. “I need to sharpen up a bit – my transitions were pretty rusty and I need to show a bit more explosiveness in those initial stages on each leg,” said the 26-year-old. “But that was my first Olympic Distance race for more than a year and I felt far more comfortable on the run today than what I did in Hobart, so all the signs are good.

Luxford racing in the Australian Distance Championship

Luxford racing in the Australian Distance Championship

Emma Jackson, from Queensland, faded on the run to finish sixth in the open field but was crowned the nation Under 23 champion at just 17 years of age. She had already secured a place in the junior field at the World Championships after recently being named Australian Junior Triathlete of the Year.

Both Atkinson and Luxford will now head to Mooloolaba in Queensland in a fortnight for the first of the international circuit World Cup meetings.

About 1100 athletes competed in various events over the weekend as part of the City of Perth Challenge. About 900 age group competitors took part in the Olympic Distance Triathlon which acted as a double-points qualifier for selection in the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. Podium finishers in each age group gained automatic selection.

Rachael Paxton from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast recorded the fastest time among female age group competitors, finishing in 2hrs 4min 22secs. The fastest male was Ryan Bailie,from Bunbury in WA, completing the course in 1hr 52min 33secs.

Australian Triathlon Championships – Olympic Distance Results:
Perth – March 15 2009

Australian Triathlon Championships – Olympic Distance

Perth – March 15 2009

Men’s Results

1. Courtney Atkinson (QLD)- 1h46.17s
2. Gareth Halverson(WA)- 1h47.16s
3. James Seear (QLD)- 1h48.01s

Women’s Results

1. Annabel Luxford (QLD) – 1h59.38s
2. Sakimoto Tomoko (Japan)- 2h01.00
3. Felicity Sheedy Ryan (WA)- 2h03.38

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Water Polo: National League Update

Water Polo: National League Update

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes

Hunter Hurricanes were cruelly denied victory, losing 11-10 to Balmain Tigers in a men’s National Water Polo League match at the Dawn Fraser Pool here yesterday.

At 9-6 up early in the final quarter, the Hurricanes supporters were prematurely celebrating victory but watched as the margin was whittled to 9-8 and then 10-9 inside the final two minutes.

When Daniel Robinson was ejected at 1:29, Balmain called a timeout, worked out a strategy and then passed the ball for 20 seconds before James Falzon scored his second goal for 10-10.

Balmain called another timeout and the ploy was to get another ejection, Robinson again, to set up an extra-man play and score, which Falzon did 17 seconds from time for 11-10.

Man-of-the-match goalkeeper Angus Crowley could not stop the winner in a game where Hunter only took the lead at 3:31 left in the third period.

Balmain women beat Hunter 12-8 after leading 7-3 at halftime.

Drummoyne Devils’ fly-in recruit from Perth, Tim Cleland, was evicted from the game against Sydney University Lions late in the third quarter for back-chatting the referee.

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes.

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes.

The Devils won 15-11 for a 9-1 season and level pegging with the KFC Queensland Breakers on the ladder.
The fifth-ranked Lions women beat the seventh-ranked Devils 13-8 with Mel Hammond (Sydney Uni) and Ashleigh Southern (Drummoyne) topping the scoring with four each.

At the University of Wollongong, KFC Breakers women held off Cronulla Sharks 5-4 thanks to an Ellie Bowden goal just inside the last two minutes. The Breakers men blitzed Cronulla 21-2 with Tom Knox claiming six goals.

In Perth, Brisbane Barracudas men came from 6-5 down at three-quarter time to defeat UWA Torpedoes 9-6 while the Barracudas women bounced UWA Comets 13-8.

-National Water Polo League Results-

Men:

Sydney: Balmain Tigers 11 (J Falzon 4, G Woods 2, C Wright, C Dyson, T Hamill, J Davis, M Lasic) Hunter Hurricanes 10 (N Campbell 4, M Baird, S Berry, T Hunt, D Robinson, R Simpkins, J Johnson), Drummoyne Devils 15 (A Roach, S Avallone, S Boyd 3, T Martin, P Harmer, T Cleland 2) Sydney University Lions 11 (T Franklin 4, S Nicholson 3, R Saldain, T Woudwyk, J Davie, B Turner).

Wollongong: KFC Breakers 21 (T Knox 6, A Martin 4, M McCann 3, D Streets, S Robertson 2, D Will, G Waterman, J Votan, E Lui) Cronulla Sharks 2 (C Batty, D Wassell).

Perth: Brisbane Barracudas 9 (D Hicks 3, BJ Howden, D Young 2, D Gynther, C Mello) UWA Torpedoes 6 (B McGhie 2, B Mercer, J Palmer, J Balczer, B Yalkin).

Women:

Sydney: Balmain Tigers 12 (L Higlett, L Varlow, A Bower 2, R Rippon, E Simms, B Smith, K Leatham, J Dessauvagie, B Appel) Hunter Hurricanes 8 (S Jones, B Rowe 3, E Goodwin, N McJannet), Sydney University Lions 13 (M Hammond 4, J Whitehorn, S Davie 3, A Brightwell, S Cuffe, K Gofers) Drummoyne Devils 8 (A Southern 4, R Lissa 2, E Mirabito, E Pittorino).

Wollongong: KFC Breakers 5 (E Bowden, S Mills 2, N McCarthy) Cronulla Sharks 4 (M Santoromito 2, J Liessmann, N Zagame).

Perth: Brisbane Barracudas 13 (A Russell 4, J Moran 3, Sun Yujun 2, JL Lewis, Ao Gao, H Robinson, M Rippon) UWA Comets 8 (G Domanic, E Browne 3, A Brock, Z Hadley).

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Triathlon: Australian Triathlon Championships Heats Up With Battle Of The Sexes

Triathlon: Australian Triathlon Championships Heats Up With Battle Of The Sexes

Annabel Luxford competing in Hobart

Annabel Luxford competing in Hobart

Australia’s leading triathletes head to Perth this weekend for the 2009 Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships and while the national crown will be their major concern, bragging rights are on the line with a “Battle of the Sexes” showdown.

The Olympic distance race is the feature event of the City of Perth Challenge festival. The course starts with a 1500-metre swim in the Swan River, followed by a 40km bike leg (four laps of a 10km course along the foreshore) and a 10km run (three laps of an M-shaped course along Riverside Drive).

The festival also includes the Age Group Championships, attracting nearly 800 competitors, with a podium place in each age group securing a spot in the Australian team for the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. An Enticer Triathlon (375m swim, 10km ride and 2.5km run) is also on the program.

Former ITU world No.1 Annabel Luxford, 27, headlines the elite women’s field. She will be vying for her first Australian Olympic distance crown and an improved ranking when she contests the second race in her comeback.

Luxford’s ranking has dropped to 45 since missing most of last year because of stress fractures, but she had a confidence–boosting victory in her first race back four weeks ago, claiming the Australian sprint title in Hobart.

She is looking forward to the extra challenge presented by the “Battle of the Sexes” format that will give the women a 12-minute handicap start on the men’s field, which will be led by 2008 Olympian Courtney Atkinson.

“While I do like being chased by boys, there’s a lot more of them in the Perth race than there are of us, so I think it’s going to be tough to beat them home,” Luxford joked.

She said she was pleased with how well she pulled up after the race in Hobart, her first in over a year, but was being cautious with her racing schedule and training program to avoid re-injury.

“I am being really conservative with my running,” Luxford said. “There won’t be any massive gains from improvements in my running. I am working on the consistency model and getting improvements from uninterrupted training.”

Luxford hasn’t raced in Perth since the Olympic trials in 2004, while Perth triathlete Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, who finished sixth last year, is hoping local knowledge and an improved swim leg will give her an edge.

SUNDAY TRIATHLON

7.00am Before the serious sporting competition kicks off, budding triathletes are given the chance to sample the sport with the Enticer Triathlon featuring a 375m swim, 10km ride and 2.5km run.

7.30am Podium finishers among the field of more than 800 age group competitors in the Olympic Distance Triathlon secure a spot in the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. Olympic Distance relay teams are also part of the field.

11.50am The day climaxes with the Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships, which will feature some of the sport’s big names and a wealth of rising talent.

The Olympic Distance course sees athletes line-up for a 1500m swim in the Swan River, followed by four laps of a 10km bike course (40km) along the foreshore, and finishing with three laps of an M-shaped run course (10km) along Riverside Drive.

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To enter visit www.challengeseries.org.au

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Langley Park – Sunday, March 15

Start Time Event

7.00am Enticer Triathlon (individuals)

7.05am Enticer Triathlon (teams)

7.30am Age Group Olympic Distance (individual)

8.30am Age Group Olympic Distance (teams)

11.50am Australian Triathlon Championships – Female and Male “Battle of the Sexes”

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Triathlon: Surf’s Up For 1000 Athletes in Sydney Water Challenge

Triathlon: Surf’s Up For 1000 Athletes in Sydney Water Challenge

cejc0273Rough surf and blustery winds put some of Australia’s leading age-group triathletes to the sword at the Sydney Water Challenge in Cronulla today.

Swells of up to two metres and messy surf saw the 1500-metre swim leg off Wanda Beach slightly shortened and relocated 800 metres up the beach to ensure a safe aquatic environment. Given the testing conditions presented by an exposed beach and recent shark activity in Sydney, Triathlon Australia engaged the expertise and resources of Surf Life Saving Australia to oversee the swim component. Five IRBs (rubber duckies), two jet skis, an offshore rescue boat and 30 volunteer surf life savers were on hand to sweep the course and guide swimmers.

cemf0026The field of more than 700 in the Olympic Distance Triathlon was also buffeted by blustery cross winds on the 40km bike course over two loops, before tackling a challenging 10km run that included a number of hills in Lucas Reserve.

The fastest male home was Charlie Boyle in a time of 1hr, 50min 58sec. The 24-year-old Gold Coast athlete is in training for long course events but is also attempting a late charge to qualify for the Olympic Distance Triathlon at the World Championships in his home state on the Gold Coast in September.

“I’m actually in training for the longer distances, but with the World Championships in my own back yard this year I thought I’d better have a crack at them as well,” he said. “I wasn’t sure where I was positioned during the race but that was a good hit-out today. I’ll go to Perth next week (for the Australian Olympic Distance Championships) and hopefully try and qualify for the Gold Coast, then back up five weeks later for the Long Distance World Championships.”

Melissa Vandewater produced a dominant performance to record the fastest female time of the day. The 30-year-old from Balgowlah on Sydney’s northern beaches found the tough conditions to her liking.

Sydney Water Australian Aquathlon Championships winner Sally Parker

Sydney Water Australian Aquathlon Championships winner Sally Parker

“To be honest a shorter swim probably suited me because I could keep the leaders within reach and was then able to step things up on the bike and reel them in,” she said. “It was pretty windy out there but I didn’t mind the couple of hills and I felt good coming home on the run, so the race panned out fairly well for me.”

cejd0476More than 200 Enticer athletes, many competing in their first triathlon over the shorter distance (375m swim, 10km ride, 2.5km run), encountered a tough initiation, producing plenty of broad smiles as the Sydney Water Challenge finish arch came into view. Juniors aged seven to 15 competing in the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader TRYstars Kids’ Triathlon waded whitewater in a revised swim leg.

More than 1000 athletes took part in the multisport festival over the weekend, which included yesterday’s Sydney Water Australian Aquathlon Championships, comprising an 800-metre swim and 6km run. Wollongong’s Ben Allen was crowned men’s champion, while the ACT’s Sally Parker was the female winner.

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Milan Fashion Week Winter 2009

Milan Fashion Week Winter 2009

Italian designers have proved to be fighters of the global economic downturn, with their sparkly and glamorous collections at this years Milan fashion week.

This year Winter fashion is stepping back in time as looks from the 1980s were revived on the catwalk. The city woman is finally back; collections were devoid of vacation and partying inspired designs, and classic short tailored blazers and slim fitting pant suits were ruled the runways- especially in Gucci’s showcase.

Most collections touched on the idea of real clothes for real women. Designers this year highlighted innovative but still tasteful, attractive ways of dressing the woman’s body.

Dresses and mini-skirts reoccured in many showcases and were often teamed with opaque stockings, proving to be a very feminine but sexy look for this winter which is sure to descend down to all levels of fashion. One favorite, Roberto Cavalli raised his hemlines with several mini skirts, in black, which sparkled with shiny beaded detail.

Even though many designers wished to express freedom in their lines, Cavalli demonstrated that he would not let crisis hinder his creativity, and instead, used it as the basis of inspiration in his almost all black collection. Steeping away from his expected flamboyant demure, being void of his usual glistening golds and metallics, darkness filled the runway to depict the times.

In distinct comparison, showy and eye blinding jewels accompanied classic styles in Consuelo Castiglioni’s label Marni, to again prove that times will not let designers down.

Milan fashion show mostly certainly took everyone’s concerns off the current economic situation for a few moments in time, giving a breath of fresh air and adopting the rebellious attitude that 2009 fashion undulates worldwide.

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Triathlon: Gold Coast Junior ITU Oceania Championships: Australians & New Zealander’s Rule The Race

Triathlon: Gold Coast Junior ITU Oceania Championships: Australians & New Zealander’s Rule The Race

Jos Hoetjes blitzing the race

Jos Hoetjes blitzing the race

Australian Courtney Dutton and New Zealand’s Jos Hoetjes put in
commanding performances to take out the ITU Junior Oceania
Championships today on the Gold Coast.

The win handed Dutton the final spot on the Australian female junior team to
contest the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September along with
team mates Holly Aitken and Emma Jackson.

New Zealand junior champion, Hoetjes continued his outstanding season
following his bronze at the recent Australian Youth Olympics and victories in
local races in New Zealand to also add the Oceania title to his resume.

New Zealand’s Teresa Adam lead out of the water by 30 seconds from the
next group containing Aitken, Jackson and Dutton. After the first lap of the
bike they were all together on the flat and fast 20km cycle which was also
technical in some sections.

The heat was a telling factor today and it took its toll on the field.

Dutton has been a consistent performer this season, featuring in the silver
medal winning team at the Australian Youth Olympics. Dutton handled the
pressure and conditions like a seasoned professional despite having to run
down the Australian Youth Olympics gold medallist Aitken over the 5km to
secure victory. Another emerging talent Victorian Jaimi Chisholm recorded
one of her best results finishing third.

“I’m overwhelmed with that result, after missing the world’s team last year it
really motivated me to get back

“My plan was to come out in with the leaders in the swim, ride as hard as I
could and hang on in the run for as long as I could.

“I’m so happy with this result, especially when Holly made a break in the run,
I didn’t panic just worked my way back through,” said Dutton.

Although off the pace today Emma Jackson’s eighth place was enough to
secure her the Australian Junior Triathlon Series after four races, relegating
Aitken to second and Dutton third.

The swim did little to separate the men, a group of 41 athletes formed on the
bike, at times riding six abreast proving challenging on the technical end of
the course.

“I just sat back on the bike and relaxed a bit, trying to save something for
the run, it was pretty hot out there,” said Hoetjes after the race.

Hoetjes emerged from the large pack on the bike and positioned himself
nicely among the front runners that included Australian Youth Olympics silver
medallist Sam Appleton and his training partner Aron Royle.

“I kept telling myself to keep my stride short and relax,” said Hoetjes.

The mantra worked perfectly, Hoetjes pulling away in the end to win
comfortably from Royle and Appleton, this pair have been waging their own
battle this season. Royle turned the tables on Appleton today and ironically
this secured him equal second on the final Australian Junior Triathlon Series
point score, Victoria’s Jamie Huggett won the series by one point.

Today’s Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial also included 2500
athletes competing over the Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run)
trying to secure a spot on the Australian team to compete at the 2009 Gold
Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships. Nerang’s Risa Saito made the
most of the perfect early conditions to record the fastest time of the day,
coming home in 1hr, 3min, 53secs. The fastest male home was Paul
Wiedersehn in 58min,24secs.

Others chose to tackle the Enticer (300m swim, 10km cycle, 2km run) while
hundreds of kids took up the challenge in the Superkidz Tri.

Gold Coast Junior ITU Oceania Championships Results

ITU Junior Elites
Male
1. Jos Hoetjes Christchurch 58:21
2. Aaron Royle Newcastle 58:53
3. Sam Appleton Warrimoo 58:59
4. Jamie Huggett Ballarat 59:11
5. Ryan Bailie Bunbury 59:18

Female
1 Courtney Dutton Bridgeman Downs 1:04:09
2. Holly Aitken East Kew 1:04:38
3. Jaimi Chisholm Mt Martha 1:05:23
4. Ashleigh Gentle Robina 1:05:45
5. Rebecca Kingsford Tirau 1:05:59

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Triathlon: 2009 Gold Coast ITU Oceania Championships- Kahlefeldt’s Triumphant Return

Triathlon: 2009 Gold Coast ITU Oceania Championships- Kahlefeldt’s Triumphant Return

Brad Kahlefeldt crosses the finish line

Brad Kahlefeldt crosses the finish line

Beijing Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt led home an Australian clean sweep in his first race in five months at the 2009 Gold Coast Triathlon Oceania Championships.

Kahlefeldt edged out Beijing team mate Courtney Atkinson, who recently won the Australian Sprint title and rising star Dan Wilson with Japan’s Kiyomi Niwata taking the women’s crown ahead of Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf and Chilean Barbara Riveros. Kahlefeldt said he was delighted with the fast and furious course raced today which will be the same use for the 2009 Gold Coast ITU World Triathlon Championships in September.

Kahlefeldt is unbeaten on this course, with four wins and must give him a huge confidence boost ahead of the World Championships.

Early race leader Clayton Fettell lead off the front of the bike for the entire 40km and headed into the run with a 45 second lead from the chase group of 45. But after the first lap of the run the heat had decimated the field and it was the Australian trio Kahlefeldt, Atkinson, Wilson and the UK’s Stuart Hayes that broke away. Hayes was first to lose touch. Kahlefeldt turned up the intensity in the final lap which no one could match to take an easy victory in the end.

In the ITU Australian Junior Oceania Championships Courtney Dutton and New Zealand’s Jos Hoetjes put in commanding performances.

The win handed Dutton the final spot on the Australian female junior team to contest the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September along with team mates Holly Aitken and Emma Jackson.

New Zealand junior champion, Hoetjes continued his outstanding season following his bronze at the recent Australian Youth Olympics and victories in local races in New Zealand to also add the Oceania title to his resume.

Dutton has been a consistent performer this season, featuring in the silver medal winning team at the Australian Youth Olympics. Dutton handled the pressure and conditions like a seasoned professional despite having to run down the Australian Youth Olympics gold medallist Aitken over the 5km to secure victory. Another emerging talent Victorian Jaimi Chisholm recorded one of her best results finishing third.

The Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial was first on the racing agenda. Approximately 2500 athletes competed in one of the three distances on offer; Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run); Enticer (300m swim, 10km cycle, 2km run); and The Courier Mail Superkidz Triathlon.

Age Group competiotors were racing to secure a spot on the Australian team to compete at the 2009 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships. Nerang’s Risa Saito made the most of the perfect early conditions, coming home in 1hr, 3min, 53secs. The fastest male home was Paul Wiedersehn in 58min,24secs.

2009 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon Championships Results

ITU Elite
Male

1 Brad Kahlefeldt Aust 1:50:13
2 Courtney Atkinson Aust 1:50:25
3 Dan Wilson Aust 1:50:51
4 Clark Ellice NZ 1:51:35
5 Ryan Sissons NZ 1:51:41
6 Stuart Hayes UK 1:51:41

Female

1 Kiyomi Niwata Japan 2:00:45
2 Daniela Ryf SUI 2:01:13
3 Barbara Riveros Chile 2:01:15
4 Sarah Crowley Aust 2:02:04
5 Misato Takagi Japan 2:02:23

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The Chap: A Journal For The Modern Gentlemen

The Chap: A Journal For The Modern Gentlemen

thechapLaunched in February 1999, The Chap is a bi-monthly publication now on its 43rd edition. The Chap’s mission is simple: to stem the flow of vulgarity in the world, and return male behaviour to the days of the English gentleman. The Chap’s editorial content observes contemporary European culture through the eyes of an old-fashioned English gentleman. The focus is on how to make the world a better place, by offering tips on proper dress, etiquette and common courtesy. The Chap is a

A Chap In Action

A Chap In Action

both celebration of old-world England and the template for a more civilised modern world. 

The magazine features international news stories that reflect this ethos, and comments on the sartorial shortcomings of men in the public eye. It looks at the lives of historical characters and sporting heroes who have championed the Chappist cause; interviews with tailors, costumiers and dandies reveal some of the secrets

The Chap  Issue 42.

The Chap Issue 42.

for a splendid wardrobe, while detailed sartorial tips and advice come from Savile Row tailors, who respond to readers’ queries in the Sartoracle.

The Chap also runs several annual events in which the readers get to met each other and display their Chappist tendencies. The Chap Olympiad, scheduled for July 11th this year, is a humorous take on the Olympics, with events such as Pipe Smokers’ Relay, Cucumber Sandwich Discus and the Hop, Skip and G&T.

More about The Chap can be found at The Chap.net

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N.S.W Surf Life Saving Championships: Lucky Shore Break for Simpson Brothers

N.S.W Surf Life Saving Championships: Lucky Shore Break for Simpson Brothers

Black Smiths Beach sunrise on Saturday during championships

Black Smiths Beach sunrise on Saturday during championships

Cronulla’s Allum brothers thought they had today’s Open Male Board Rescue final in the bag until rival club mates, the Simpson brothers, cleverly held back to await a lucky shore wave that catapulted them into the gold medal position.NSW Surf lifesaving Championships 2009 - Blacksmiths Beach

Defending champion Mark Simpson, 24, was the swimmer in the rescue simulation event and younger brother Dean Simpson, 21, rode the board. Once Mark was retrieved the Simpson brothers chased Chris and Hayden Allum all the way to the beach until Dean spotted the winning ride.

“I saw a wave coming and told Mark to wait, that’s what got us past them,” he said grinning.

Chris Allum was clearly frustrated at the late loss. “We had that race in the bag, but that’s part of the sport. It’s dead flat then a one foot wave appears right there….it’s funny how it happens sometimes.”

The Simpson and the Allum brothers train together at Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club and are friends, “but not on the line,” admitted Chris Allum.090229-nsw-surf-lifesaving-championships-2009-1008

From today’s result he did take away some solace. Mark Simpson won this event last year, with a different partner, and two years ago the Simpson brothers won the national title. “To be in front of them makes me feel like we are in with a shot in Perth,” Chris Allum added, referring to the upcoming national titles in less than three weeks time.

Today’s gold medal was the third this state carnival for Mark Simpson who combined with the Allum brothers and Cameron Pyett yesterday in the Surf Team and with Hayden in the Open Mens Board Relay.

His training might have suffered in previous months due to work commitments but Mark’s happy to take the psychological advantage heading into tomorrow’s string of individual finals including the Swim, Board and the blue ribbon event, the Open Ironman.

In the Open Female Board Rescue Terrigal stormed home, a big turnaround from last year when the team failed to qualify for the finals at the state championship. Only their second time on a board together this season, 25 year old Amanda White, the defending national champion, and Joanna Baxter, a 17 year old St Josephs High School student, “just clicked”.

Baxter was also part of the winning Terrigal team in the Under 19 Female Surf Team final, combining with Erin Robertson and two Under 17 swimmers, Jorden Burnes and Rachelle King.

Conditions were calm again for day two of the 2009 Allphones Open NSW Surf Life Saving Championships with a dumping shore break, light winds and flat seas under a strong sun on the final day of summer.090229-nsw-surf-lifesaving-championships-2009-1003090229-nsw-surf-lifesaving-championships-2009-1002090229-nsw-surf-lifesaving-championships-2009-1001

This evening will be a quiet affair for the Open competitors who have qualified for a finals berth tomorrow. The competition will get underway at 8am in the morning before the traditional March Past at 11am when the 2008 NSW Surf Lifesaver and Volunteer of the Year will be announced.

The carnival’s closing events promise a thrilling afternoon of water and beach finals climaxing with the pinnacle, the Open Ironman and Ironwoman.

Host Club Swansea Belmont rose to second place in the overall pointscore today.

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FINAL RESULTS: DAY TWO

1. Manly- 128

2. Swansea Belmont- 120

3. Terrigal- 119

4. Freshwater- 108

5. Warilla-Barrack Point- 107

6. Cronulla- 88

7. Redhead- 72

8. Wanda- 71

9. Ocean Beach- 68

10. North Cronulla- 61

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FINALS RESULTS FROM DAY TWO
Open Male Board Rescue
(1) Cronulla c (2) Cronulla b (3) Manly BLUE (4) Cudgen Headland White (5) North Bondi Barbarians (6) Cudgen Headland Blue

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Open Female Board Rescue
(1) Terrigal A (2) Sawtell A (3) Freshwater A (4) Lennox Head-Alstonville X (5) Swansea Belmont B (6) The Lakes Red

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Under 17 Male Board Rescue
(1) Cronulla c (2) Terrigal A (3) Warilla-Barrack Point BLUE (4) Redhead A (5) Freshwater A (6) Lennox Head-Alstonville X

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Under 17 Female Board Rescue
(1) Copacabana RED (2) Manly BLUE (3) Cooks Hill A (4) Warilla-Barrack Point WHITE (5) Freshwater A (6) Swansea Belmont D

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Under 15 Male Board Rescue
(1) Redhead B (2) Redhead A (3) Cudgen Headland Blue (4) Wanda red (5) Ocean Beach BLUE (6) Elouera White

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Under 15 Female Board Rescue
(1) Freshwater B (2) Cronulla red (3) Redhead b (4) Terrigal C (5) Avoca Beach green (6) Terrigal A

NSW Surf lifesaving Championships 2009 - Blacksmiths Beach

Under 19 Female Taplin Relay
(1) Warilla-Barrack Point BLACK (2) Swansea Belmont A (3) Freshwater A (4) Byron Bay A (5) Warilla-Barrack Point ORANGE (6) Elouera White

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Under 19 Male Taplin Relay
(1) Avoca Beach A (2) Warilla-Barrack Point BLACK (3) Collaroy red (4) Terrigal A (5) Elouera White (6) Freshwater A

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Under 19 Female Single Ski
(1) BAXTER, JOANNA (Terrigal) (2) SMITH, LAUREN (Warilla-Barrack Point) (3) COLEMAN, TARA (Maroubra) (4) KNAPMAN, SARAH (Manly) (5) MINOGUE, HANNAH (Bulli) (6) FLEMMING, Tahnee (Byron Bay)

Under 19 Double Ski (single gender teams)
(1) Warilla-Barrack Point BLACK (2) Warilla-Barrack Point ORANGE (3) Freshwater A (4) North Bondi a (5) Byron Bay A (6) Avoca Beach B

Open Male Malibu Surf Board Riding
(1) Rawson, Matt (Swansea Belmont) (2) Carroll, Anthony (Bronte) (3) VanDerWallen, Adriaan (Avalon Beach) (4) Mahoney, Sean (North Cronulla) (5) Gibson, Nathen (Long Reef) (6) Williams, Bryce (Swansea Belmont)

Open Female Malibu Surf Board Riding
(1) KENT, MICHELLE (Redhead) (2) Mulquiney, Katie (Cooks Hill) (3) Miley-Dwyer, Olivia (Bronte) (4) Charles, April (North Cronulla)

Open Mixed 5 Person R&R
(1) Collaroy Black (2) Wanda red (3) Newport Gold (4) North Cronulla Gold (5) Wanda blue (6) Swansea Belmont A

Open 6 Person R&R
(1) Freshwater MAROON (2) Collaroy Black (3) Swansea Belmont A (4) Bondi B (5) Wanda blue (6) Freshwater WHITE

Open Male 5 Person R&R
(1) Swansea Belmont A (2) Bondi A (3) Wanda blue (4) Freshwater MAROON

Over 24 Restricted Surf Race
(1) Allen, Malcolm (Bronte) (2) LEMMON, Paul (Freshwater) (3) Bowden, Andrew (Bronte) (4) HANSON, Kurt (Freshwater) (5) pyett, cameron (Cronulla) (6) bolewski, joel (Wanda)

Under 19 Female Surf Teams
(1) Terrigal A (2) Manly BLUE (3) Elouera Blue (4) Byron Bay A (5) North Bondi A (6) North Cronulla Gold

Under 19 Male Surf Teams
(1) Warilla-Barrack Point BLACK (2) Elouera White (3) Bulli A (4) Manly BLUE (5) Wanda red (6) Terrigal A

Under 15 Female Surf Teams
(1) Cronulla a (2) Redhead A (3) Freshwater A (4) Avoca Beach blue (5) Terrigal A (6) Sawtell A

Under 17 Male Board Relay
(1) Terrigal A (2) Bulli A (3) Cronulla a (4) Lennox Head-Alstonville X (5) Freshwater A (6) Swansea Belmont A

Under 17 Female Board Relay
(1) Terrigal A (2) Warilla-Barrack Point BLACK (3) Byron Bay A (4) Freshwater A (5) Copacabana JOSH (6) Swansea Belmont A

Under 15 Male Board Relay
(1) Redhead A (2) Swansea Belmont A (3) North Cronulla Gold (4) Wanda blue (5) Avoca Beach blue (6) Redhead B

Under 15 Female Board Relay
(1) Avoca Beach blue (2) Cronulla a (3) Lennox Head-Alstonville X (4) Sawtell A (5) Redhead A (6) Terrigal A

Boat Relay
(1) South Curl Curl South Curly (2) Manly BLUE (3) Cooks Hill HILL (4) Bulli A

Open Male 2km Beach Run
(1) CONRICK, BOYD (Redhead) (2) DAY, BLAIR (Warilla-Barrack Point) (3) HIGGINS, Scott (The Lakes) (4) BALDWIN, LEON (Manly) (5) Hynard, Brad (Wollongong City) (6) Barclay, Jared (North Cronulla)

Open Female 2km Beach Run
(1) Leadbeatter, Angela (Swansea Belmont) (2) Conder, Jenny (Elouera) (3) McCarthy, Siobhan (North Bondi) (4) campbell, melissa (Wanda) (5) Conder, Kate (Elouera) (6) HEAL, EMILY (Manly)

Under 17 Male 2km Beach Run
(1) JAMES, BLAKE (Warilla-Barrack Point) (2) Wallace, Jordan (Wollongong City) (3) CALLAWAY, DAVID (Bulli) (4) Callander, charlie (Whale Beach) (5) Ingle, Jake (Swansea Belmont) (6) SHEPHERD, HAYDEN (Redhead)

Under 15 Male 2km Beach Run
(1) Walters, Guy (Swansea Belmont) (2) WYLIE, TIM (Towradgi) (3) cracknell, toby (Avoca Beach) (4) Green, Jake (Thirroul) (5) Kelly-Makovec, Joshua (North Cronulla) (6) MARSHALL, Ben (The Lakes)

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Under 19 Male 2km Beach Run
(1) Ham, Troy (Swansea Belmont) (2) WATSON, ADAM (Manly) (3) KRUCLER, JORDAN (Umina Beach) (4) RIDDINGTON, NATHAN (Queenscliff) (5) Flannery, Ryan (Dixon Park) (6) HAWKE, PHILLIP (Queenscliff)

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Under 17 Female 2km Beach Run
(1) JONES, BREE (Warilla-Barrack Point) (2) McGain, Alexandra (Bilgola) (3) Brady, Tia (Dixon Park) (4) McGrath, Georgia (North Cronulla) (5) RYAN, SASHA (Shellharbour) (6) Bakker, Kaitlin (Lennox Head-Alstonville)

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Under 15 Female 2km Beach Run
(1) GASPAROTTO, ELYSSIA (Ocean Beach) (2) LAVALLE, OLIVIA (North Wollongong) (3) SMYTH, LILLI (Coffs Harbour) (4) douglas-savage, chloe (Wanda) (5) davies, michaela (Cronulla) (6) Kruger, Zane (Dee Why)

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Blacksmiths Beach Sunrise - Day 2

Blacksmiths Beach Sunrise - Day 2

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Australian Open Diving Championships: Australia’s Mitcham and Wu Win Gold

Australian Open Diving Championships: Australia’s Mitcham and Wu Win Gold

Sharleen Stratton and Alexandra Croak

Sharleen Stratton and Alexandra Croak

The Australian Open Diving Championships at Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler was opened by The Hon Chris Bombolas MP State member for Chatsworth at 1pm on Friday 27th of February. This included a march on of all the competitors including the New Zealand and Chinese teams.

He wished all the officials and competitors good luck for the championships, particularly for the FINA World Championships in Rome in July 2009, The Commonwealth Games in New Deli 2010 and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The opening  morning’s 1 metre preliminaries saw Sharleen Stratton and Alexandra Croak coming first and second in the event.

p1000864Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham of New South Wales got his campaign got off to a good start when he blitzed the field in the men’s preliminary 1 metre springboard event with a total score of 416.8 ahead of his closest rival Ethan Warren of Queensland with 374.10.

Day 2 of the 2009 Australian Open Diving Championships continued with Matthew Mitcham (NSW) chasing his 3rd gold medal in his favourite event the Men’s 10 metre platform. At the end of today’s semi final, Mitcham was leading the field with a score of 1050.45. He will carry that score forward to the final which will be held later this afternoon. He was being pushed by Chinese diver Yang Jian, Y in second place with 1001.00.

“I’m really pleased with my form at the moment” Mitcham said. “I still have to keep my nerve to win the event today. There are 2 Chinese divers pushing me hard” he said.

Yu Ai Yang, Matthew Mitcham, Yang Jian

Yu Ai Yang, Matthew Mitcham, Yang Jian

Mitcham collected 2 perfect 10’s in his final dive – a 2 ½ somersault with a 2 ½ twist.

Sharleen Stratton (QLD) continued her winning form from day one with an impressive performance in the Women’s 3 metre springboard event.

At the end of the semi final, Stratton led the field with a win of 376.00 points, giving her an interim score of 732.30 and the outright lead going into this afternoon’s final.

“I am really happy and confident with the way I am performing today” she said. “The Chinese diver Fang Min is pressuring me, as is my Olympic team mate Briony Cole” Stratton said.

In 2nd place with an interim score of 665.40 is Chinese diver Fang Min, closely followed in 3rd place by Briony Cole (VIC).

At the midway point of the final day of the 2009 Australian Open Diving Championships, gold medal Olympian Matthew Mitcham (NSW)  continued his good form to lead into the final of the Men’s 3 metre springboard event.

Mitcham is on track to pick up his 4th gold medal of the meet when he takes to the springboard again.

Behind Mitcham is team mate Grant Nel (VIC) followed by Li Jin Cong of China.

In the Women’s 10 metre platform semi final, Olympian Melissa Wu (NSW) clawed back her form to lead the semi finals. She dived strongly in the semi finals to move from 3rd to 1st place, ahead of Chinese diver Li Sibei and Olympic team mate Alexandra Croak.

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Water Polo: National League Update

Water Polo: National League Update

Adelaide Jets v Wests Water Polo MAgpies.

Adelaide Jets v Wests Water Polo MAgpies.

Adelaide Jets women came from 8-4 down to tie 11-all with the University of New South Wales Killer Whales in a National Water Polo League match at Adelaide Aquatic Centre yesterday.

National junior representative Isobel Bishop scored the equaliser inside the final minute after the Jets had narrowed the margin to 9-7 at the final break.

The Killer Whales, playing their fifth game in five days, held an 11-8 advantage with five minutes remaining but ran out of steam.

Six of the Killer Whales’ goals came from Chinese Olympic duo Liu Ping and He Jin.

The Jets men were not so lucky, losing 18-7 to reigning champions Wests Magpies who were spearheaded by Ross O’Brien with four goals.

Wests gained four wins and two losses on their road trip west.

Adelaide Jets v UNSW Killer Whales

Adelaide Jets v UNSW Killer Whales

In Brisbane, the KFC Breakers men wrapped up Balmain Tigers 12-6 while the women’s game was reversed with the Tigers winning 15-7.

In Newcastle, the Drummoyne Devils women didn’t wait long for their inaugural win in the NWPL, beating Hunter Hurricanes 7-5 in what was only their second match.

Ellen Pittorino (3) and Angela Turnbull (2) were the only multi scorers in the game as the Devils trailed only once, late in the second quarter.

The Devils men finally shook off the Hurricanes in the final quarter, winning their clash 12-11.

In Wollongong, Cronulla Sharks women knocked off Sydney University Lions 9-7 with Nicola Zagame scoring five goals for the Sharks.

Results:
National Water Polo League:
Men:

Brisbane: KFC Breakers 12 (B Miller 4, D Streets, A Martin, J Votan 2, G Waterman, L Cranley) Balmain Tigers 6 (C Dyson 2, T Hamill, J Davis, G Woods, R Tracy).
Newcastle: Drummoyne Devils 12 (P Harmer, S Avallone 3, M Emery, S Boyd 2, D Semmens, T Cleland) Hunter Hurricanes 11 (J Johnson 4, S Berry 3, M Baird 2, N Campbell, D Robinson).
Adelaide: Wests Magpies 18 (R O’Brien 4, M Rapsey, A Skora 3, T Blewitt 2, D Swinnerton, S Cody, J Burton, W Eames, M Toldonato, C Eames) Adelaide Jets 7 (L Northcote 3, A Martin 2, J Frost, P Barr).
Women:
Brisbane: Balmain Tigers 15 (T Woods, B Appel 3, E Simms, J Dessauvagie 2, L Higlett, K Armstrong, R Rippon, B Mayer, A Bower) KFC Breakers 7 (N McCarthy, E Bowden 2, S Horgan, E Armit, J Armstrong).
Newcastle: Drummoyne Devils 7 (E Pittorino 3, A Turnbull 2, S Dill-Macky, A Southern) Hunter Hurricanes 5 (E Goodwin, S Jones, N McJannet, J Bendeich, B Rowe).
Wollongong: Cronulla Sharks 9 (N Zagame 5, J Liessmann 2, H Lincoln-Smith, B Timilty) Sydney University Lions 7 (J Whitehorn, M Hammond 2, A Brightwell, S Cuffe, A Cox).
Adelaide: Adelaide Jets 11 (J Martin, I Bishop, D Wawrzinski 3, S Rickets, L Callahan) UNSW Killer Whales 11 (Liu Ping, He Jin 3, A Gronow 2, K Mirabito, J Burford, K Moran).

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Annabel Luxford Launches Comeback Campaign With Victory In Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships In Hobart

Annabel Luxford Launches Comeback Campaign With Victory In Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships In Hobart

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Brisbane’s Annabel Luxford launched her triathlon career comeback campaign
in style today, winning the Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships at
Hobart’s dockside today.

The former ITU world number one, led the race from start to finish, to take
the sprint crown in 1h3m41s. Trailing her by a fair margin was Barbara
Riveros-Diaz from Chile who crossed the line in 1h4m35s and third was
Brisbane’s Sarah Cowley (1hr 5m40s).

It was a rewarding win for Luxford whose career has been hampered by injury
and has seen her spend the last year sidelined with a stress fracture to her
foot. Back training under Shaun Stephens, the 26 year old looked
particularly strong today in the swim and bike, and was thrilled with the
victory.

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Luxford’s glory year was 2005 when she was world number one and took a
silver in the world championships, but 2006 to 2008 have been lean years
with a 5th at the Commonwealth Games and the disappointment of injury
damming her Beijing ambitions. The law student is hoping today’s victory
kicks off her journey to the 2012 Olympics.

“I had no idea how I would go before the race. I am glad to be back and to
win an Australian title, is always extra special,” said Luxford.

“I was a little nervous, all these young kids are here, and I thought a
little intimidated,” said Luxford whose domination of the race where she won
by nearly a minute, showed she had no need for concern.

The next major races on the Australian triathlon race calendar are the
Oceania / Luke Harrop Memorial Championship on the Gold Coast on March 1 (to
be run on the course to be used for the world championships in September ) ,
followed by Australian Triathlon Championships for the longer Olympic
distance in Perth on March 15.

RESULTS:

Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships WOMENS Hobart – Sunday February 15 2009:

1. Annabel Luxford (Brisbane – QLD)
1h 3m41s

2. Barbara Riveros-Diaz (Chile)
1h4m35s

3. Sarah Crowely (Brisbane – QLD)
1h5m40s

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