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You are a Wonderful Mother – by Grace McClure

We are so proud of our Gracie’s book – You are a Wonderful Mother.

“Everything is fixable”, Grace McClure’s trainer told her during a dark time when she thought nothing she did was of worth and she herself was worth nothing. We all face moments of fear, doubt and depression, and sometimes these moments feel like they will last forever. In the face of this, the answer is a flame, a voice inside of us simply waiting for us to quiet down and listen. Continue reading

Liner does Ironman Melbourne 2014

Lucky number 983

Lucky number 983

Caroline (daughter #4) competed in Ironman Melbourne on March 24th.

An Ironman is not for the faint-hearted, comprising of a 3.8km swim; followed by a 180km bike ride; only to then finish by running a 42.2km marathon!  She did very well by completing it in 10 hours 15 minutes and came 7th in her age group. Continue reading

Caroline joins the Elite

Carloline Ashby, no-20Caroline Ashby has recently joined the ranks of a very elite group in the triathlon world; those who venture out of the Age Groupers and into the Open Division! A mother of two, living and training in rural WA, Caroline is an inspirational example of how if you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it, you can make it happen. The fact that she’s loaded with the McClure natural athletic talent doesn’t hurt either! Continue reading

Soul Sister Seminar

amazingOver forty women, each incredible, amazing and inspirational in their own right, showed up to honour their soul purpose and hear Grace McClure’s soul-ful story last week, 16th November, 2012, at the Abbotsford Convent Melbourne. The feeling was warm, gracious and authentic and the feedback afterwards was excellent, many saying they loved it, were inspired and that it was incredibly worthwhile to stop and meditate on what is truly important in your life. Continue reading

Tilpa goes in to bat for Pink Stumps Day

pinkstumps-cricket4In the tiny township of Tilpa, 130km north of Wilcannia, in far west NSW, the close-knit town showed its true colours on Sunday 23rd September.

Pink Stumps Day, a nationwide initiative of Cricket Australia and the McGrath Foundation, hit the iconic Darling River village; this fun-filled charity event helping raise valuable funds for the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women. Continue reading

Melbourne Ironman 2012

The Race at the Heart of a Nation

3sistersThere was an immediate buzz in the air when athletes Australia-wide heard the announcement of a new, world class, Ironman Triathlon event to be held in Melbourne – a city that is often called the sporting capital of the world.

An Ironman triathlon is considered one of the toughest endurance events that a human being can complete, consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and finishing with a grueling 42km full marathon. Competitors have exactly seventeen hours to finish, to become an official Ironman, you must finish before the cut-off time, the event mantra, is “anything is possible.” Continue reading


by Grace McClure…

After an hour of driving west out of Melbourne, a kids toilet stop and a wrong turn…we arrived. Four year old Amelia looked delightful! She had my Akubra hat perched high on her head, as we arrived Fox Lillie Offices, Melton, with thirteen year old Billy by our side.

Amelia and Akubra in stride. She can't help it. It's in her blood.

Amelia and Akubra in stride. She can’t help it. It’s in her blood.

Today was the day of Mum’s wool sale and even though it was a tricky time for me; with school holidays, kids in tow and lots going on; I knew how passionate Mum is about her work and I couldn’t let her down. Continue reading

Mums on the Run lead by Miles!

logoFrom the Outback to the ‘G’

This year, I was asked to join daughters Gracie, Fiona and a friend, Susie Lyall, to compete as a team in The Coffee Club 10km run, an event run in conjunction with the Melbourne Marathon. When on the station outback, I loved watching AFL and often dreamed of somehow getting onto the ‘G’ — a feat difficult, if not impossible, for a girl who doesn’t play test cricket or AFL footy! Naturally, I grabbed at the chance, and Team Mums-on-the-Run was born! Continue reading

Ralph Hunt – the passing of a country legend

A keen storyteller ... the former member for Gwydir, Ralph Hunt, took on premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

A keen storyteller … the former member for Gwydir, Ralph Hunt, took on premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

The passing of former National Party MP, Ralph Hunt AO, on 22nd May 2011, will be sorely felt by outback communities. A grazier-turned-politician, Mr Hunt was a pillar of his party, and we say goodbye to to a man, passionately devoted to promoting the interests of country people.

Ralph was mentor to Organics for Rural Australia (ORA) from its inception, as he understood Janie’s vision for nurturing the growth and future of organic and biodynamic producers in the Western Division. Janie recalls: “In one of my conversations with Ralph, he could see the struggle I was having with bureacracies, trying to negotiate funding for the producers. His advice was simple – ‘Don’t you lose your nerve, Janie’ . This has always stayed with me, and has greatly contributed towards me believing in myself and, when things get tough, to knuckle down and just keep going.” Continue reading