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CrossFit athlete ready to meet worlds best By Ben Triandafillou ROSEBUD CrossFit athlete, Sarah Browne (pictured right), is aiming to beat her highest world ranking of 24 for the 40-44 age group in two weeks at the CrossFit Games Qualifiers. Sarah finished outside of the top 50 during last year’s qualifiers due to a shoulder injury but now back at her peak, Sarah is looking forward to the challenge and is eager to bring her best to her third attempt at the qualifiers. “It can be such a rush when you do a perfect lift and how you can get older but stronger and you begin to defy biology,” Browne said.
Sarah joined CrossFit Rosebud in 2011 in preparation for a surfing trip and quickly got hooked. Sarah went on to try several other CrossFit boxes but inevitably returned to Rosebud in 2015 where she has been ever since. Sarah trains five times a week for two hours and has a day of active recovery whilst keeping a healthy life balance, which, to Sarah is the major key. A mother of two and a perioperative nurse at Frankston hospital, Sarah juggles her three life commitments and is amazed at the amount of support she continually receives.
“I’m just very lucky with the support I get from my sponsors and the people around me, I am truly grateful,” Browne said. The top 20 competitors at the CrossFit Games Qualifiers will have the opportunity to compete in the highly competitive CrossFit Games on August 01 in America. “The pinnacle of CrossFit is the CrossFit Games where people from around the world can throwdown and compete against each other,” Browne said. Sarah has gained sponsorships with 2115Nine and ProGenEx since her first CrossFit open competition in 2012.
Group glory for Munz’s sprinters By Ben Triandafillou PENINSULA racehorse owner, Jonathan Munz, has saluted in two Group Two sprints on the second day of the Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday 8 April. The Lee and Anthony Freedmantrained, Shoals ($3.10), continued her unbeaten record with a final lunge to defeat the Blue Diamond place-getter, Formality ($9), in the Group Two Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m). Shoals settled at the rear before rounding the field late to hit the line in a photo finish with Formality. Ridden by jockey, Mark Zahra, Shoals was declared the victor and took her unbeaten record to three straight with Serena Bay ($4.20) finishing a length behind in third. In 2014, Munz partnered with Arrowfield Group chairman, John Messara, to purchase a $1.9 million halfsister to Redoute’s Choice in hopes that her pedigree will shine through. The mare, The Broken Shore, has begun to pay dividends for the pair as Shoals continues to add to her impressive record. Munz had another runner in the
winners circle an hour later with the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig-trained three-year-old, Derryn ($8.50), who dug through the Heavy 8 track to win the Group Two Arrowfield Stud Stakes (1200m). Mark Zahra made it a double for the afternoon, steering the red and white silks to victory as he passed the multiple Group One winner, Global Glamour ($3.70), in the final 100 metres, with Impending ($7.50) finishing
a further three lengths behind in third. Jonathan Munz is the owner and developer of the Pinecliff training facility in Mt Eliza and has had ongoing success with several top-liners such as Rekindled Interest and Molotov. Shoals will now head for a winter break whilst a decision will be made depending on how Derryn pulls up according to trainer, Ben Hayes.
Keen swimmers continue to cross bay’s mouth By Ben Triandafillou THE gap between the Port Phillip Heads is one of the most dangerous stretches of open water in Australia but keen swimmers have been crossing the opening since 1971. The swimmers must take into account the giant container ships, the vast variety of marine life and the detrimental tides when navigating their way from Point Lonsdale to Point Nepean. The ‘Rip Swim’ is now in its fourth season of organising group swims across the bay with a recent crossing on Sunday 26 February. Swimmers of all age groups have attempted and successfully completed the daring venture across the 3.2km stretch of water where the Port Phillip Bay meets the Bass Strait but safety is paramount says ‘Rip Swim’ organiser, Grant Siedle. “We have had a fair bit of talk around the start of this project and some people said it was reckless and foolhardy but we have kept a perfect record and safety is our number one concern,” Siedle said. Grant Siedle began organising the Rip Swim after completing the crossing several times himself, including a crossing on June 13, 2016 in the freezing winter waters to remember Doug Mew, the first recorded swimmer to complete the crossing on June 13, 1971. “I do love a challenge and attempting difficult swims but safety definitely is the main priority whenever attempting something like the rip swim,” Siedle said.
“Tides are a major factor when crossing and we have to make sure we are doing our best to maximise our slack tide and we must consider shipping movements.” The ‘Rip Swim’ organisers work closely with Victorian Ports, Melbourne and Parks Victoria to provide the swimmers with a safe passage. “There certainly are risks with the unpredictable nature of the water but we take the swim very seriously and have a doctor or paramedic on board as well as canoes following the swimmers,” Siedle said. The swim normally involves around
Girls footy side ready to tackle opening round By Ben Triandafillou THE newly reformed Mornington Junior Football club will have their first girl’s football side competing in the Frankston and District Junior Football League after the Easter break. Moving into their third season as a reformed club, the Mornington Junior Football Club continue to receive support and interest in their new girl’s side which now has 12 players. Since AFLW emerged onto the sporting scene in early February, female participation in ‘aussie rules’ across the Peninsula has spiked significantly. Mornington Junior Football Club committee member and team trainer, Stewart Lockie, said that the AFLW season as well as the drive shown by the club has had a major influence in getting the girl’s side together. “Our president and secretary have done a huge amount of work behind the scenes and the committee have had the vision and drive to get the side up and running,” Stewart said. The Mornington Football Club has
also supported the girl’s team with players from their women’s premiership side attending some training sessions to teach the players and enjoy a kick with the juniors. “They won the premiership last season and it’s great to see them supporting the girls and giving a bit back to junior footy,” Stewart said. The girl’s football team train on a Wednesday night and still have some spots open for girl’s aged eight-12 years who enjoy being active. “Our girls are really enjoying it at the moment and we can’t wait to see the season kick off after the Easter break,” Stewart said. As well as the girl’s football team, the Mornington Junior Football Club now has four under-9 boy’s sides, an under-10 boy’s side and two under-11 boy’s sides. Players from the Mornington Junior Football club will be presented with their jumper’s later this month. If you are interested in joining the Mornington Junior Football clubs girl’s side email morningtonjfc@ gmail.com
30 or 40 swimmers and although the event is swum by the individual, it is a shared experience. The groups are usually training for several months before the event and need to acclimatise before undertaking the swim. This year clinics and information sessions will be run at various pool and sporting centres between August and December to support keen swimmers. The ‘Rip Swim’ dates for the 2017/18 season are set to be announced in early July with bookings to open mid-October. Mornington News 11 April 2017