Mildura Weekly : Friday July 25 Vol 8 No 38
Mildura Weekly – 25/07/14 41 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Locals encouraged to get active through ‘Hits and Giggles’ program THE popular Hits and Giggles squash program has made its return to the re- gion this week, with local women en- couraged to take part. Aimed at helping women become more active through squash, par- ticipants learn the basics of the sport, while also having the chance to make new friends. Run over six weeks from mid-July, the Mildura Squash Club will host the program – which was designed as part of a VicHealth-funded initiative to help improve women’s health, and increase the number of women and girls play- ing the sport. A survey of previous Hits and Gig- gles participants found that 84 percent of women experienced a more physi- cally active lifestyle following the pro- gram, with the majority still enjoying a weekly hit of squash. Squash and racquetball Victoria Executive Director, Fiona Young, said she was amazed at how successful the program had been promoting not only the sport of squash, but an overall ac- tive lifestyle. “It’s fantastic to be able to intro- duce more women to squash through the Hits and Giggles program,” she said. “To see how the program can have such a positive effect on the overall health and activity level of the partici- pants is just incredible.” Cost is $60 for six one hour ses- sions, with the Hits and Giggles pro- gram available at the Mildura Squash Club (Irymple Community Leisure Centre) on Saturdays from 10.30am. Registration, or more information, is available by visiting www.squashvic. com.au . By ADAM LUITJES THE cream of Austral- ian powerlifting will be on show in Mildura this week- end, as the country’s best fight for top honours at the 2014 Australian Equipped Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships. To be held at the Irym- ple Leisure Centre, the event has attracted 20 of Australia’s strongest mas- ters and open-age power- lifters. Representing Sunray- sia will be Aaron Hawkins (74kg category), Joel Rid- ings (83kg) and Jen Will- cock (63kg). Gold, silver and bronze medals will be up for grabs in each of the eight catego- ries, with an overall best powerlifter award also on offer. Four-time national champion and Oceania record-holder David Jame (105kg) from Melbourne is the favourite to add the award to his long list of achievements. It is the second time Mildura has hosted the prestigious event, and ac- cording to Mildura Power- lifting Club secretary Joel Ridings, the weekend will be full of quality lifting. “It’s only a small com- petition, but it’s going to be a good one,” he said. “The oldest competitor is 70 this year, and he has a bunch of world records and is just awesome to watch. “There will be some great lifting Saturday morning by the women and lightweight men. “That will be followed by the big fellas in the afternoon, and I expect a couple of squats over 300kg, and a few bench presses over 200kg.” With all competitors having to qualify for the championships, Joel is ex- pecting a strong showing from the local contingent. “It is Jen’s first nation- als in three years, and she’s looking good to win or come second,” he said. “Aaron’s a chance of breaking a national squat record, and If I’m having a good day, I’ll have a go at a record as well.” The championships feature bench-press, squat- ting and dead-lifting, and include competitors from Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Entry is free, with ac- tion starting with the light- weight men and women at 9am tomorrow, followed by the 83kg men at 1.30pm. Australia’s power-packed set for lift-off in Mildura • POWER PLAY: Mildura Powerlifting Club secretary Joel Ridings is looking forward to this weekend’s 2014 Australian Equipped Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships.
Friday July 18 Vol 8 No 37
Friday August 1 Vol 8 No 39