TRIATHLON: Couple ready for the world stage

FAST TRACK: Holly and Raea Khan will represent Australia at the triathlon World Championship in Canada. Picture: Jamieson MurphyTWO years ago, Morisset husband-and-wife Holly and Raea Khan started training for triathlons simply because they saw it as a sport they could participate in together.
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Now they are representing Australia in the sport they have grown to love.

The pair are off to Edmonton in Canada to compete in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship in September.

“We always wanted to do a sport together,” Raea said.

“We thought [rather than competing in a team sport] let’s do our own thing – we can head out the back door and go for a run, or go for a ride,” Holly said.

They spend two to three hours a day training during the week.

Sometimes, at weekends, they train for up to four hours.

“We can’t always train at the same ability. We’ll wake up at the same time, both head out the door at the same time and train as much as we can together,” Holly said.

“We’ve got the same goal, and we drive and motivate each other,” Raea said.

An early taste of success encouraged the pair to continue to push themselves.

But they are still in disbelief that their “hobby” has taken them so far.

Holly and Raea qualified for the President’s (elite) team for the Olympic-distance triathlon, which consists of a 1.5 kilometre swim, 40 kilometre cycle, and a 10 kilometre run.

Holly also qualified for the Ironman 70.3, or the half-ironman, which is a 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre cycle and 21 kilometre run.

Although she qualified for both events, Holly decided to compete in just the half-ironman.

“I could have done both, but I decided to pick my pet event and I think I’ll be really competitive in it,” she said.

The pair will fly to Canada shortly for more training before their races begin. Raea’s event is on Monday, September 1, while Holly’s is on Sunday, September 7.

“As soon as I finish I get to eat whatever I want while Holly will have to stick to her diet. I’ll just be holidaying,” Raea laughed.

Qualifying for the championship has strengthened the pair’s resolve to see just how far they can go.

“You see your results, and you think ‘Wow, what else am I capable of’?” Holly said.

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Youth asked for views on issues that shape future

HAVE A VOICE: Join the Lake Macquarie YAC and make a difference. Picture: Louise KennerleyYOUNG people are invited to have their say on key youth strategies in Lake Macquarie.
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They can do so by joining the council’s Youth Advisory Council (Lake Mac YAC).

“As we build towards a positive future, we need to involve children and young people in the decision-making process and listen to their unique perspective,” council community planning manager, John Ferguson, said. “We want Lake Macquarie to provide the best possible environment for young people to live in, work in and enjoy.”

In the last year, Lake Mac YAC has had input to the council’s delivery of a number of initiatives for young people, including partnering with the International Children’s Games team to recruit young performers and create short films, and assisting in lobbying for the establishment of Headspace, a local youth mental health service.

To find out more about the Lake Mac YAC like them on Facebook or visit lakemac南京夜网.au.

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Faith lessons

IN reply to Val Clarke (Letters, August 16) in which she states faith is something in concrete.
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Not always, if you read the Bible it tells us “that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.

It also teaches me that faith, hope and love are required and the greatest of these is love.

A love that goes further than what one can see.

There will always be a dark side in life from history and into the future.

If the Bible is read with an open mind, there are many truths which help in living today. Yes Val, I have been tested and proved, because I am alive today.

I have spent 14 weeks in hospital when I had a tumour removed out of my spinal cord and currently am teaching myself to walk. The point being my faith in what the Bible teaches me and prayers of many friends has kept me going.

— JOHN LUNNON, Riverside.

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NETBALL: Westlakes celebrate good rep season

RECOGNISED: Westlakes under-14s display the award from their runners-up placing at the 2014 Netball NSW Hunter State League.THE Westlakes District Netball Association’s (WDNA) 2014 representative presentation night is done and dusted.
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The annual night recognised many people involved with all facets of WDNA, including officials, volunteers, umpires, coaches, players and sponsors.

Without these people there would be no netball, but thanks to their love of the sport Westlakes players have the opportunity to show the rest of the region and state what an abundance of talented athletes the WDNA has.

This year, Westlakes achieved outstanding results in both the Netball NSW State League and the State Age Championships, along with commendable performances at local and Sydney-based carnivals.

Lake Macquarie City councillor Wendy Harrison, state MP Greg Piper and federal MP Pat Conroy attended the awards and presented awards.

Georgia Dodson and Sophie Bradbury from the Westlakes under-14s team took out the goal shooting award and Jenni Townsend, Belinda Wardley, Tara Culbert and Vicki Lewis all received outstanding volunteer awards.

The author was both honoured and humbled to be awarded the John Jarmain Memorial Shield, a perpetual award for commitment to representative netball.

The Westlakes twilight netball competition will kick off on Monday, October 13, and run for 10 weeks, finishing on Monday, December 15.

A full list of fees can be found on the WDNA website and Facebook page.

All teams must go through a Westlakes-affiliated club.

The Westlakes finals will begin this Saturday for all club teams.

The president and executives remind all officials, spectators and players that good sportsmanship is expected.

In all games there can only be one winner on the scoreboard, but with good sportsmanship and mutual respect everyone is a winner.

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BOWLING: Wangi Bowling Club results

Picture: Glenn HuntWEDNESDAY, July 23, winners: J Blatchford, R Dyson, P Medcalf; rs-up J Tomisek, N Fishburn, P Fishburn. Friday, July 25, winners: J Doolan, B McFarlane; rs-up J Leet, P McMillan, T Jack.
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Sunday, July 27, major singles championship winner: David Pascoe. Tuesday, July 29, winners: D Milne, J Hayden, B Blatchford. Wednesday, July 30, winners: R Walton, W Pfeiffer, B Tredinnick; rs-up G Hughes, D Grunsell, G Morrow. Thursday, July 31, women’s minor singles champion: G Reid. Friday, August 1, winners: B McFarlane, I Seis, B Tredinnick; rs-up S Judge, D Fryer, K Clack. Wednesday, August 6, winners: A Grant, B Johnson, D Pascoe; rs-up G Morrow, G Hughes, D Grunsell. Thursday, August 7, winners: A Pascoe, G Reid, M Judge, R Peirce. Friday, August 8, winners: W Pfeiffer, G Hughes; rs-up L Hendrie, T Peirce, R Hines. Saturday, August 9, winners: C Webster, R Friend, B Wade; rs-up R Peirce, T Peirce, B Arnold. Sunday, August 10, winners: B Arnold, B Garrard, A Gauci, D Fryer. Men’s triple championship, winners: B Arnold, B Garrard, D Tailby, D Moore.

Wednesday, August 13, winners: B Johnson, B Wade, T Freer; rs-up S Judge, P Pascoe, R Hines, J Tomisek, N Fishburn, P Fishburn. Friday, August 15, winners: J Doolan, J Leets, T Jack; rs-up B MacFarlane, G Chaseling, J Slatyer. Saturday, August 16, winners R Dyson, A Mosedale, A Gauci; rs-up I Seis, B Kemlo, B Tredinnick.

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