Mildura Weekly : Friday November 29 2013 Vol 8 No 5
www.milduraweekly.com.au 84 Mildura Weekly – 29/11/13 A KEENLY contested KPR Victorian Solo Championship will light up Mildura’s Olympic Park Speedway tomorrow night, with a full 16 rider program to be held. Riders will take part in 20 heats and a final to decide the best solo riders in Victoria, with a number of international riders to be in atten- dance. The winner will earn direct seed- ing into the 2014 Australian Cham- pionship series, which will be held in early January. Reigning champion Cameron Woodward will head into the meet as favourite, with the dual British Grass Track Champion to need all of his skill to take a win over the likes of Dakota North – from Shepparton – and local favourite Justin Sedgmen – who has been in good form over recent weeks. North has enjoyed a solid over- seas season with Elite and Premier League experience, while also per- forming well when wearing the yel- low and green of Team Australia in some keenly fought international matches. Woodward should be buoyed by his excellent ‘first up’ showing when riding for Team Australia in the 2013 Speedway World Team Cup. He will bring all that experience to the meeting, with his longtrack ex- perience – which saw him finish fifth in the World Longtrack Titles – to also be important. Shepparton’s other representa- tive – and international competitor – Jake Anderson often enjoys good meetings at Mildura, while there will be keen interest in South Australia’s Robert Branford. Branford chose to ride in the British Under 21 Title earlier this year, and won in a surprise result. Branford has not ridden much at Olympic Park, with this weekend’s meeting to be a good test of his ver- satility. The other rider to come under notice will be young Mansfield star, Max Fricke, who has just completed his first British season riding for the Edinburgh Monarchs in the Premier League. Fricke is a skilled young man, and his nerves will be tested as he marches toward glory in the fu- ture, especially against the likes of Woodward, North, Sedgmen, Bran- ford, Anderson and even SA rider Rob Medson – who has the ability to score points and take significant points away from class riders. The middle of the pack is most interesting, with a number of lo- cal riders to be featured – including some younger riders having their first crack at a Victorian Title. Jack Fallon has been in good form, as has the newest rider to join the speedway ranks Brodie Waters – who has switched from 300kp/h road racing just over a month ago. Ryan Sedgmen, Chris Ferguson, Sean Peterson, Brock Gates – all lo- cal riders – know Olympic Park well – certainly better than visitors Bob Stoneham, Hunter Anderson and Brad Tillett. The top four point scorers will go straight into the final, and it is ex- pected that Woodward, Justin Sedg- men, North and Fricke will be the ones to make it through. They will all get some competi- tion from Branford, Medson and Jake Anderson – all of whom could pinch a spot in the final four. Patrons will be well rewarded with a third meeting in a row at Olympic Park, with a Classic Sidecar field to provide support – which will feature a Victoria versus South Aus- tralia contest. Olympic Park gates will open at 5pm, with a junior meeting to get underway at 6.15pm, and the cham- pionship meeting to start at 7.30pm. Some grandstand accommoda- tion is available on a first come, first served basis, with a full catering ser- vice available. There is no BYO by law, with patrons reminded that the track can now be circumnavigated at the end of each round of heats. Many patrons are enjoying view- ing from the ‘old pit area’ or ‘River end’ of the track, with the VIP area also becoming a popular corporate vantage point. Gymnastic gold medallist coming to Mildura AUSTRALIAN 2010 Com- monwealth Games gym- nastics dual gold medallist Thomas Pichler will be in Sunraysia tomorrow, coach- ing 35 crossfit enthusiasts at Mildura’s CrossFit YouFit gym. The 27-year-old will be conducting two, three hour workshops designed to teach correct gymnastics tech- niques associated with cross- fit exercises. The 2012 London Olym- pic Games team reserve said he is looking forward to shar- ing his gymnastics expertise with Sunraysia’s crossfit ath- letes. “It’s going to be great,” he said. “This is the first time we have coached outside a capi- tal city, so I’m excited that I can share my knowledge at country level.” Working alongside two other crossfit trainers as part of his HangStrong team, Thomas said he aims to in- crease the mobility and core strength of all participants. “We want maximum re- sults,” he said. “The sessions are hands on and focus on im- proving the execution of cross- fit movements such as butter- fly pull-ups, ring muscle-ups and handstand push-ups. “We’ll be splitting the groups up into beginners, in- termediates and advanced so that every athlete can be chal- lenged at their level.” CrossFit YouFit trainer Lee Garraway said attracting an athlete of the calibre of Thomas to Sunraysia was a massive coup for the region. “It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “To have an Austra- lian gymnastics representa- tive offering his services is a massive boost for us. “As a trainer I had to fly all over the country to learn these skills, so for our mem- bers to have this level of coaching on their doorstep is fantastic.” Olympic Park to crown new Victorian Solo champion • Justin Sedgmen, LEFT, and Cameron Woodward will be two of the favourites heading into tomorrow night’s Victorian Solo Championships. A crack field is expected for the event, with racing to get underway from 7.30pm at Olympic Park Speedway. Photos: ANDREW KENNY – 94 Visuals. Victorian Solo champion slide sultans of Victorian Solo champion with Brendon Gledhill Volleyballers set for national camp LOCAL volleyballers Brooke Freckleton, 14, Zac Hermans, 16, and Jessica Killing- beck, 15, (PICTURED) have been invited to attend next month’s Australian Junior Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Camps – to be held in Churchill and Bendigo re- spectively. The Sunraysia Academy of Sport trio will spend seven days training with the best junior coaches and players in the country, all in an effort to make next year’s Australian youth teams. In other Sunraysia Academy of Sport news, seven baseball players have been se- lected to represent South Australia at next year’s National Youth Championships. The Sunraysia representatives are Ma- son Clavell and Hayden Carroll (Under 14), Dalton Probert (Under 16), Scott Knudsen, Kane Razis and Ben Clavell (Under 18) and Charlie Ashcroft (Under 18 and Under 23).
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