It was no surprise when Henry Miles finished strongly to win the cross country for his age group at the annual Upper South East cross country event held at Naracoorte on May 15th. Continue reading
Caroline conquers Busselton Half Ironman!
The venue was beautiful Busselton, south of Perth in Western Australia. The date was Saturday 4th May 2009, where Caroline, Daughter No.4, was about to perform her first Half Ironman. The preparation for this event involved the usual self-discipline and training that is required for such endurance events, however the circumstances differed for Caroline. Continue reading
It is my third time in a row at this time of the year that I have travelled to the North Midlands of Western Australia to stay with daughter no 4 Caroline and her family Nick, Charli and Lili. The occasion each time has been to “barrack my heart out” for her “A” grade netball ball team Coorow/Latham in the grand final. In the 2 previous grand finals, they were narrowly defeated by arch rival team Morawa. Continue reading
On 3rd February I watched three McClure daughters, along with my grandson Billy Stevens, at the Geelong Half Ironman. Also racing with them was Gracie’s husband, Johnny Stevens, and his best mate, Tully Young. Continue reading
Team McClure triumphant in Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge. It was a fantastic and fitting end to an intense seven days of hard racing as sisters, Caroline Ashby and Grace McClure, Team Cadbury, cross the finish line, tired yet triumphant. The only 2 girl team in the event, they finished in a very credible time of 35:43:32. Continue reading
McClure Daughters, Fiona Miles and Grace McClure, ran onto the “G” (MCG Melbourne) when they completed the 10km Coffee Club run – the event was included in the Melbourne Marathon run on that same day. Only a week before, Geelong won its first AFL flag in many years on the same ground.
Fiona had been planning to compete in this event for some time with her sister Grace. Grace had experiences of competing successfully in ironman events around the world so the night before the race the two sisters worked out a plan for the race: they decided to run together and have the time of their lives! Continue reading
This weekend I headed out of the city smoke of Melbourne and arrived at Trevellyn, into fond memories of when I first came to the Outback some 40 years ago. Memories of raising 5 daughters in our old house and rowing across the river with the girls every day to our adjoining land.
This is the driest the river has ever been in my time outback. Today we made better use of a set of stumps than a pair of oars. Introducing: the Outback’s answer to Beach Cricket!
Resiliance abounds in the Outback and once again, we see it here. Even though the people are encountering one of the worst droughts ever, they’ve turned it around for a day to take advantage of the environment around them, and found many ways to have fun whilst playing cricket in their beloved river bed.
When the batting got slow, the fielders even received a crash course in the fine art of finding certified organic mussels!
I’ve been to Dubai where I’ve witnessed lavish buildings with unbelievable mile-high tennis courts. Here in the river bed with my children and grandchildren, I listen to the squeals and the laughter and see proof that it doesn’t have to cost money to have fun!
Who would’ve thought, this little urchin from the bush would be going to Hawaii? Living and experiencing the challenges the environment throws out living in the outback, seeing this life, you think she can deal with anything.
Not knowing that she has “School of the Air” and “Boarding School”, now you would think she could survive anything; but wait..there’s more. Continue reading