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Young Mullum tennis players court success Mullumbimby Tennis Club player Onyx Cheung competed in the Rafa Nadal tournament on the Gold Coast last week and won the Values Trophy for the U/12 boys. The tournament is one of four hosted around Australia with age-group winners and the Values Trophy (best attitude and sportsmanship) winners all going to Melbourne during the Australian Open to play a tournament. The winner of this tournament gets to go to Rafa Nadal’s academy in Mallorca, Spain, for two weeks. ‘I’m very proud as a coach. Onyx is showing great potential and the right attitude on the practice court and in tournaments,’

Double win for ‘Mono’ Stewart Crystal Cylinders

Five of the six finalists to play for the division one title were from the Mullumbimy Tennis Club. Photo supplied Mullumbimby Tennis Club coach Steve Gort said. The club has also recently won, for the first time, division one of the local fixtures competition. Five of the six players to vie for the final were from the Mullumbimby Club. Amadeus O’Connor,

Marielou Baudoin, and Josh Stante beat Finley Parker (Ballina), Payton Schweizer, and Neve Schweizer four sets to two in the final. The competition is played each school term between local clubs including Mullum, Bangalow, Clunes, Ballina, and Alstonville.

Team of ’54 reunites for hockey club’s 90th birthday party

Local Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart is the most decorated adaptive surfer in the world right now and has confirmed his status by winning two events in the UK. Stewart won the English International Adaptive Surfing Championships AS2 division held at Fistral Beach in Newquay. He also picked up the award for highest-scoring wave of the whole event, an 8.33. He went on to Wales where he competed in the artificial wave pool at Surf Snowdonia and won his AS2 division and received a 9.83 score. Again this was the highest ride of the event awarded for some great snaps and a tube ride. ‘I am very stoked to do well. A huge thanks to everyone for their support,’ Mark said. The Welsh Adaptive Surf Championship was the first international adaptive surf championship to be held on an inland lagoon anywhere

‘Mono’ in action at Surf Snowdonia, a wave park in Scotland. Photo Welsh Adaptive Surfing Society in the world, and featured men and women. The popularity of adaptive surfing has grown significantly since the first ISA World Adaptive Surf Championship in 2015. The International Paralympic Committee will make a decision on whether to include it in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games later this year.

Ballito Pro wipeout Byron Bay’s pro surfers Matt Wilkinson, Soli Bailey, and Kyuss King along

with Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy travelled to South Africa to compete at the Ballito Pro, this season’s first QS 10,000 event. Wilkinson, Bailey, and Kennedy were unfortunately eliminated in their firstround heats with all three finishing in fourth place for an equal 73rd place finish. King progressed through his first-round heat but was knocked out in the next round. He finished in equal 37th place and collected 1,000 points.

Red Devils outplay Hornets The 1954 hockey team: (L–R) Audrey Doman, Pat Plater, Maureen Ball, Denise Batson, Lorna Virgo, June Cartner, Judy Graydon, Toni Watson, and Ruth Slogrove. Photo supplied Pauline East Mullumbimby Hockey Club hosted a very successful celebration to commemorate their 90th anniversary with around 100 people attending the Mullumbimby Ex-Services. Displays of each decade with newspaper articles and photos were a popular talking point among the crowd as was the Powerpoint presentation of photos from the 1920s through to the current season.

Several past presidents were in attendance and spoke of their time with the club. All life members: Debbie Cullen, Julie Williams, Mary Schumacher, Pauline and Grant East were present. The highlight of the evening was the attendance of nine ladies who played for Mullumbimby 65 years ago in 1954. The three women’s teams won both minor and major premierships that year. Ruth Slogrove and Val Staff spoke

on behalf of past players. Also shown was an interview with Phyllis Flick, who is 103 years young and lives in Byron Bay. Phyllis and her sister Jean played for Mullumbimby in the 1930s. Her son Geoff and grandson Tony were also present. Thank you to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services for sponsoring the night and all who helped collate the history. Thank you to everyone for their participation in making it such a memorable occasion.

Surf life savers in line for top awards Rodney Anderson from the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC has been nominated as a finalist for Surf Life Saver of the Year. He is among several other local SLSC members who have been named in the field of 177 finalists for the 2019 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards. The Ballina Club’s Patrol 10 has been nominated, as has Steven Perris (assessor). Byron Bay SLSC’s Paul

Irwin (volunteer) and fellow member Maryanne Sewell (trainer) are also in the frame. Byron’s Marco Cappelli, has been nominated for Life Saver of the year. Robert Brown from the Brunswick SLSC is in line for Master Athlete. The Cudgen Headland SLSC had a host of nominees including: Club of the Year, Kaitlian Smith (patrol captain), Sue Eke (facilitator),

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Scott McCartney (coach), Anthea Warne (youth athlete), Harry Klouzal (official) and Luke Chaffer (athlete). Holly Clements from Salt SLSC was nominated for Youth Surf Life Saver award. The Far North Coast was nomnated as the Branch of the Year, and its duty officers as Services Team of the Year. Winners will be announced on August 31 in Sydney.

The Byron Bay Red Devils first grade team had another good win in the Northern Rivers Rural Rugby league competition when they beat a fired-up Cudgen Hornets 51–24 in very wet conditions at their home ground last Saturday. Daniel Gibson ran in four tries while captain/coach Todd Carney scored two. The win puts them in fifth spot on the competition ladder, two points ahead of Cudgen and one point behind the Tweed Coast. The Byron side has had three wins and a bye from their last five games. The Red Devils travel to Casino this weekend. In other grades on Saturday the visitors had all the

A Hornet tries to bust the She-Devils’ defence in sodden conditions at Red Devil Park last Saturday. Photo Peta Ski running. In the Ladies League Tag Cudgen outplayed Byron running away winners 16–4. Cudgen now sit in fourth place on the ladder, one

point behind Byron Bay. The U/18s had a 30–0 victory over the Red Devils and in reserve grade the visitors kept the home side scoreless with a 52–0 win.

Another $100 for Active Kids From July 1 each schoolenrolled child is now able to access two $100 Active Kids vouchers per year, up from one. The popular program has been doubled to help kids stay active all year long. ‘We all know kids want to play sport and keep active with their friends and now parents can encourage them

even more with another voucher to help spread the costs associated with participation,’ Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said. From January to June there was an overall increase of 13 per cent in the number of Active Kids’ vouchers created, including a 17 per cent rise in vouchers created

for girls following an influx of registrations for dance, gymnastics, tennis, and swimming. Active Kids vouchers can be used use towards fees for sport and active recreation each year. Parents can also access $100 Creative Kids vouchers for each child at school.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.05 – July 10, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.05 – July 10, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.