Mildura Weekly : Friday March 6 2015 Vol 9 No 17
26 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 Fishing event offers $169,000 • From Page 24 Anglers who sign up for the challenge are sent the target species at the 11th hour, ensur- ing a ‘level playing field’ for anglers, and ensur- ing that fish are caught on the day set aside for fishing. “Without giving away just what fish people will have to catch, we will choose species that can be caught both from a boat as well as from the shoreline or jetty,” he said. “This means that everyone will have a chance to win the cash prizes in the mystery length competition. We will also have prize packs for the longest lengths, so there’s plenty on offer. All competitors need to do is catch their State’s target species, photograph the fish on the Pirtek brag mat along with their registered angler number, and send the photo to the Pirtek website. The idea is to catch, measure, photograph and release the fish. This year’s sponsors include Evinrude, Lowrance, Berkley, Roman Camping, BCF and Ocean Kayak. Entry is available at www.pirtekfishingchal- lenge.com.au. Another dance career step for Shaun • From Page 23 “I mean it’s not every day you tour places likes Serbia or Jordan, and it was amazing to see people affected by socio- political war excited to see a show based on happiness.” Shaun described his re- cent travels as “a wake-up call,” saying he planned to take the company to Germa- ny and Sweden at some point. “It’s not until you travel to these places that you realise how spoilt we are in Austra- lia,” he said. “We have such a safe and wonderful society, and I love that my dancers have had the chance to see a different side of the world. “I certainly think it pro- vides a greater appreciation of the quality of life in Australia, and makes you want to be- come a better person.” Shaun said he had always been proud of being a Mildu- ra boy, and a former student of Mildura Central Primary School and the former Mildu- ra High School (now Mildura Senior College). It was while completing his first year of VCE studies in Mildura that Shaun’s family decided to make the move to Melbourne. “My older sister Kim was heading to Melbourne for university, so the family made the decision to follow her,” he said. “My brother Cory was also a very good sports- man, and I think our parents saw that there would be more opportunities for us in Mel- bourne to follow our respec- tive passions. “Looking back it’s nice to know we had that support from mum and dad, and that they were willing to make sac- rifices that would benefit us. “While I was very sad to leave Mildura and all of my friends behind, it’s a deci- sion that certainly paid divi- dends.” Shaun admits he came to dance later that most. “My sister was a member of the Mildura and District Ballet Guild under Jeanine Duff, and I remember watching one of her concerts and just being fascinated,” he said. “I started copying every- thing she did, which amazed my sister. “I found that all the moves came easy for me, and it wasn’t long before I started attending classes alongside my sister.” Shaun went on to join the Red Cliffs Musical Soci- ety, winning the right to play the ‘Prince’ in ‘The King and I,’ and it was from there that his passion for the arts grew. Shaun said that while he was more of a director/cho- reographer than a performer these days, he was planning to make a return to the stage in May. “I’m going to be perform- ing a duet called ‘Blue Love’ – which I actually performed in Mildura eight years ago,” he said. “With the body be- ing a bit older nowadays I’m finding it a little harder to get into the swing of the things, with building my car- dio the main goal. “Despite that I am ab- solutely loving it, and can’t wait to get back on the stage!” Shaun said he was of- ten amazed at what he had achieved when looking back on his life and career. “It’s funny, as a boy I wanted to be a lawyer, and I also remember having vi- sions of walking through New York as an actor,” he said. “Dance was never in the equation, and I actually left dance soon after arriving in Melbourne. “Mildura is very different to Melbourne, and I strug- gled early to connect with the place, and I decided in- stead to focus on completing a science degree.” Shaun described his re- turn to dance as a “random occurrence.” “It all happened thanks to the Monash University Dance Group,” he said. “I happened to walk past a re- hearsal, and one of the girls spotted me and told me to move on. “I explained my history, and she was pretty keen for metocomeinandhavea bit of a dance knowing that I had a background. “That same girl wound up being my girlfriend for two years, and she really helped me get back into dance. “She helped me realise that dance is what I wanted to do, and that entire experi- ence encouraged me to audi- tion for the Victorian College of the Arts. “I got in and was offered three years of training, and the rest as they say is his- tory.” Shaun said while it had been years since he had of- ficially called Mildura home, he still had a “soft spot” for his old stomping grounds. “I like to stay in touch with Mildura, more specifi- cally the dance and perfor- mance scene there,” he said. “I love the region, and love taking my young daughter Ava, 9, through that neck of the woods. “I also think it’s impor- tant to demonstrate to as- piring dancers in the region that it’s possible to achieve your dreams with hard work and dedication, regardless of where you grow up.” • Shaun, far left, and a number of dancers from his company, with Today Show presenter Steve Jacobs out the front of Customs House in Sydney while promoting their production ‘TROLLEYS’ – a ballet for supermarket trolleys. 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