Mildura Weekly : Friday November 14 2014 Vol 9 No 2
26 SPORT MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 Dillon now ranked Australian number two MELBOURNE- based Mildura table tennis prodigy Dillon Chambers has moved to sec- ond in the Un- der 18 national rankings. This latest achievement caps of a successful season for the 17-year-old, who was recently named Vic- torian Table Tennis Young Player of the Year. Dillon will represent Australia for the fourth time at the upcoming Table Tennis World Championships in Shanghai. Swimmers enjoy first competitive hit-out of the summer season SUNRAYSIA Swimming Inc. has held its first competitive event of the summer season, with swimmers ranging from seven through to 55 years taking part. Held at Mildura Waves, swimmers took part in breaststroke, backstroke and free- style over a variety of distances, with Mildura Swimming Club the most successful club at the meet, taking out the Overall Girls, Over- all Boys and Overall Combined titles. Beth on target at State carnival SUNRAYSIA Academy of Sport athlete Beth Hayden has returned home with a gold, silver and bronze medal at the recent Victorian State Shooting Titles in Echuca. Competing in sin- gle and team events, Beth was joined by fellow locals Will Hand, Andrew Ataliotis and Neale Box, who also performed well. By ADAM LUITJES LOCAL basketball star Jasmine Simmons will call Canberra home next year after accepting an Australian Institute of Sport bas- ketball scholarship. One of only three girls in the nation to be selected for the prestigious program, the 15-year- old was lost for words when she found out the good news on Monday. “It’s a dream come true, for sure,” Jasmine said. “I’m speech- less, I don’t know what to feel at the moment.” Considered one of the re- gion’s most talented juniors, Jas- mine always believed she would one day master her craft in the nation’s capital. “I went to the AIS when I was 11 for a school excursion,” she recalled. “We played wheelchair basketball with Lauren Jackson (Australian WNBA player), and I remember telling my drama teacher that I’d be back one day!” Along with rubbing shoul- ders with elite coaches and play- ers, Jasmine will study Year 10 at Canberra High School. “They revolve basketball around your schooling,” Jasmine said. “School comes first with ev- erything – if you haven’t done your homework, you don’t train. “Everyone else will be doing the same thing, so it will become routine.” Although still sorting out the finer details of the move, Jasmine can’t wait for the experience. “We have to do three gym ses- sions a week,” she said. “We have to train three hours every day af- ter school, except Wednesdays. “On the weekend we go away and play in the SEABL, against teams from all over Australia. “It is basically preparation for Australian selection.” Along with the scholarship, Jasmine has been selected to at- tend January’s Australian Devel- opment Camp, also in Canberra. Headed by national coaches Brendan Joyce and Andrej Lema- nis, the camp aims to prepare the country’s best junior prospects for international competition. Not afraid to dream big, Jas- mine intends to make the most of her opportunities. “I want to play Under 17’s for Australia in two years,” she said. “My dream is to play in the Olympics, but that is ages away. “This year has been mas- sive, we didn’t expect to collect a bronze at the nationals, or to even get the opportunity to try out for a scholarship. “I just need to keep putting in the hours of hard work and dedi- cation, and hopefully that will get me somewhere.” AIS dream comes true for our Jasmine • HOOP DREAMS: Gol Gol’s Jasmine Simmons has accepted an Australian Institute of Sport basketball scholarship, and will be moving to Canberra next year. Photo: PAUL MENSCH RACING CARNIVAL LEADER BOARD TOTAL COLLECT LAST WEEKS COLLECT Mark Weight $0 $637.30 Tr evor Heaft $0 $566 Richard Tankard $0 $473.50 Brendan Clohesy $130 $265 Peter Pretscherer $77.50 $219 Lyle Massey $0 $150 The Mildura Weekly Spring Carnival Charity Punting Challenge has come to its conclusion, with all of our participating ‘punters’ deserving a big congratulations for their efforts! This year’s punting extraordinaire was none other than Mark ‘Butch’ Weight, who collected $637.30 for his charity, the Salvation Army. Tr evor Heaft finished in second place, managing to collect $566 for his charity Wings for Kids, while third-placed Richard Tankard produced a $473.50 for the MASP Kokoda Mentoring program. Our other contestants should also be congratulated for their efforts, with Brendan Clohesy collecting $265 for FINAL 2014 M r M Tr Mallee Family Care, Peter Pretscherer collecting $219 for Sunraysia Cancer Resources and Lyle Massey donating $150 to Mallee Family Care. All up a total of $2310.80 has been donated by our punters, who we hope to see again next year. In the meantime, keep studying that form guide!
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