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Firey Women at Kalangadoo

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The award winning Firey Women workshops provide women with a safe non-threatening setting to learn new skills to protect their families and livelihoods. The workshops cover both information and practical sessions over two days.

Fiery Women workshops will be held on Thursday 21st March and on Thursday 28th March 2013 at the Kangaroo Inn Area School in the Library, Cnr Furner and Beachport Roads. from 9-00 am to 3-00 am.

Workshop topics include:

  • Preparing yourself emotionally
  • Understanding the new bushfire danger ratings and warnings
  • Deciding when to “leave early” or “stay and defend”
  • Preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan
  • Identifying hazards around the home
  • Operating pumps and fire fighting equipment
  • Bushfire Behaviour
  • Preventing Injury

To enable as many women as possible to attend, daytime workshops are being offered during the school term so that the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, daughters and friends can attend while the children are in school.

All women are encouraged to attend these valuable workshops.

For further information and bookings please call Vikki Hann on 0428 114 222.

Youth speak out

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From left to right – Katelyn Abbott, Megan Lock, Cody Milnes, Matthew Ballantyne, Georgia Pulliene-Laucerica, Kathleen Woods and Jordan Cory.

Millicent Lions and Lioness Clubs were recently host to seven young hopeful candidates for the Lions Youth of the Year Quest 2013 (LYOTYQ).

Millicent High School students Katelyn Abbott and Jordan Cory won this round of the quest and will go on to compete in the regional event in Beachport on March 9.

The aim of the Lions Youth of the Year is to encourage development, confidence, self-expression, citizenship, and leadership in young people. The youth must be under the age of 19 and must have the poise and personality and can take his or her place in any community and would be a fine ambassador for youth today, whether travelling within Australia or overseas.

This annual event is held in February each year.  The students were interviewed and asked 3 questions to see the extent of their knowledge regarding world and social issues. They were also judged on their academic, personality, sporting and cultural activities and leadership and community involvement.

On Tuesday night (February 19) at the Millicent Community Club, the Public Speaking section of the quest was held, the students delivered prepared speeches about a subject that they were interested in and also answered impromptu questions which were prepared by the judging panel.

Judges were locals Phil Golding, Julie Puddy and Rebekah Lowe, all agreed that it was a difficult deciding who should win, due to the diversity of the students.

Lions Youth of the Year winners Left - katelyn Abbott and far right Jordan Cory with Millicent Lions Club President John Shelton and Millicent Lioness President Judy Potter.

Lions Youth of the Year winners Left – Katelyn Abbott and far right Jordan Cory with Millicent Lions Club President John Shelton and Millicent Lioness President Judy Potter.

Millicent High School Year 11 student Katelyn Abbott’s speech topic was on the potential changes to obtaining a learners permit. Katelyn delivered a well thought out and researched speech. Katelyn will go on to represent the Millicent Lions Club. Katelyn also won the public speaking award.  Year 12 student Jordan Cory spoke about his Year 12 Research Project, exploring the history of his grandfather and uncle who served in World War One. Jordan will represent the Millicent Lioness Club. Jordan also competed in the LYOTYQ in 2012 and won the Public Speaking Award.

Candidates were Kathleen Woods, Megan Lock, Matthew Ballantyne, Cody Milnes and Georgia Pulliene-Laucerica, were all impressive.

  • Kathleen Woods – spoke about her involvement in Ovation Theatre Company
  • Megan Lock – spoke about her trip to Japan on student exchange
  • Matthew Ballantyne – spoke about living in a rural community
  • Cody Milnes – spoke about coaching basketball
  • Georgia Pulliene-Laucerica – spoke about the effects of music

Millicent Lions Club President, John Shelton, also Millicent High School Principle, expressed his pride in the students. The 80-strong crowd agreed.

Millicent Lions Club encourages students from Millicent High School and Millicent students who attend Tenison Woods College to enter into the awards in 2014.

Competitors set to tackle gruelling Beachport triathlon

The Annual 2013 Beachport Hotel Triathlon is a chance for competitors to increase their fitness and enjoy the challenge.

The Annual 2013 Beachport Hotel Triathlon is a chance for competitors to increase their fitness and enjoy the challenge.

by Clint Bowering

The 2013 Beachport Hotel Triathlon is set to take place this Saturday (March 2) with athletes coming from all areas of the district to compete.

The event will take place on the Beachport foreshore and offers a choice of three courses to suit competitors’ abilities. The courses are comprised of the following:

  • Junior Course – 50m swim, 2.4km cycle, 500m run;
  • Short Course – 200m swim, 8.8km cycle, 3km run;
  • Challenge Course – 500m swim, 18.3km cycle, 6km run.

The Junior Course allows for individuals aged between 8 and 13 years to participate, while the Short and Challenge courses are open to individuals and teams with participants aged from 13 years and 14 years respectively.

Awards up for grabs during the event include:

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female overall in the Challenge Course;
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female overall in the Short Course;
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd boys and girls overall aged between 8 and 10 years in the Junior Course;
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd boys and girls overall aged between 11 and 13 years in the Junior Course;
  • 1st individual male and female for each five year age category; and
  • 1st placed team.

The start and finish area is the Beachport foreshore, with vehicle access to this area restricted immediately prior to the first race and during the afternoon. Signs will be posted to show where spectators can gain vehicular access, and traffic marshals will be available to approach for instructions.

A map showing the courses will be available on the day, and it can also be accessed via the Wattle Range Council website by clicking here.

The course will be well marshalled, but competitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the entry and exit points to the transition area before their race. Triathlon Australia race rules will apply on the day, and post-race refreshments will be provided to all competitors.

Registrations close at 3.00pm today (February 28) via the RegisterNow website but registration will be taken on the day between 7.00am and 8.00am. A race briefing will be held before the start of the Juniors at 8.20am, with the Short Course starting at 9.00am and the Challenge Course at 9.30am. Trophy presentations will be held at the Beachport Hotel beginning at 12.30pm.

Finish times will be provided for all races, along with split times for Short and Challenge races. Live results will be available online at www.myraceresult.com.au and WattleRangeNow will post full results as soon as possible after the race.

All visitors and spectators are most welcome to come and watch and cheer on the competitors. Spectators and competitors who wish to stay in Beachport for the full weekend can contact the Beachport Visitors Information Centre on 08 8735 8029 for accommodation information.

The organisers would also like to thank the generosity of the major sponsors in the Beachport Hotel, The Athlete’s Foot Mt Gambier, the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre and Multi Metals.