Mildura Weekly : Friday November 29 2013 Vol 8 No 5
Mildura Weekly – 29/11/13 85 www.milduraphonebook.com.au MILDURA Christian College students have enjoyed an opportunity to rub shoulders with a three-time Olym- pian, with slalom canoeist Warwick Draper visiting the region yesterday. Taking part in the Active After- School Communities program – held at the Irymple Swimming Pool – students and Mildura District Ca- noe Club coaches had the chance to interact with Draper, with the aim of the day to get students more active. AASC Regional co-ordinator, Chris McGinty, said it was her hope that more students would also take up the sport as part of the Active After-School Communities program. “Warwick arrived in the region earlier today, with the idea for him to come and work with the kids, and basically explore how canoeing can be offered in a fun way to students,” she said. Mildura Police – through the Blue Light Disco grant – supported the program with the purchase of personal floatation devices and hel- mets. Chris said students had the chance to use ‘sit tops’ for practice, before getting into the water. “The aim of today is to introduce these students to canoeing,” she said. “Warwick is on hand to teach them the fundamentals, and gener- ally talk and inspire them. “Our overall goal would be to link some of these students to the Mildura District Canoe Club, and en- courage them to take up the sport on a regular basis.” Draper himself has been compet- ing since the mid-1990s, and has ap- peared at three summer Olympics. His best finish came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he finished fifth in the K-1 event. Draper’s love of canoeing also began while attending Eltham col- lege, canoeing for the first time at a school camp. Following that camp he joined a group of students who decided to continue honing their skills. Chris said the After-School Communities program has been running for the better part of eight years, with the focus on the com- munity and the development of primary-school children. “Our aim is to go out into the community and link students to sporting clubs,” she said. “Currently we have close to 20 after-school sites located around Mildura and South Australia, expos- ing students to a number of different sports. “The aim is to keep kids active, interested, and engaged with their community.” Chris said that the After-School Communities canoe program would run for the next four weeks, with more information available by visit- ing www.ausport.gov.au/participat- ing/aasc. Mildura MMA fighters ready for International Open SIX Mildura Mixed Mar- tial Arts participants are preparing to head to Mel- bourne this weekend to compete in the Melbourne International Open. Held every two years, the Melbourne Interna- tional is Australia’s only international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event, with fighters from around the world set to attend. Among the crop will be multiple-time world cham- pions, with a number of seminars to also be held. The majority of Mil- dura fighters will compete at the novice level, with a couple of fighters to also feature in the intermediate class. • TRAINING DAY: Mildura Mixed Martial Arts competitor Josh Davis performs a power double leg takedown on Jesse Medina. Both fighters will attend this weekend’s Melbourne International Open. Olympic slalom champion passes on canoeing tips • Three-time Olympian Warwick Draper with Mildura Christian College Year 6 student Josiah Tresize, 11, and Year 4 student Jemimah Mitchell, 10. CALL 0427 865 379 henty highway COACH PASSENGER AND FREIGHT SERVICE UNDER NEW MANAGMENT RECEPTION: 5023 3311 | COMPETITION LINE: 5023 1467 www.easymix.com.au CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COMPETITION 2013 You could WIN a 2 night package to Adelaide Shores Resort Go to our website and follow the prompts to enter www.easymix.com.au/mildura Sunday 1st December, Easymix 1467AM community roadshow from Red Cliffs Market broadcasting from 10am at Red Cliffs Resource Centre.
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