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Sideline dedication makes an impression
Member for Canberra
Years ago, Chris and I flew up to the Sunshine
Coast for a 60th birthday.
taken on an almost mythical status in our
household because of the profound effect he had
on my husband.
Ian Back was Chris s rugby league coach
between the ages of 14 and 16. He had given an
overweight teenager with poor self-esteem the
greatest of gifts -- the confidence to have faith in
himself and his ability.
Last month saw the final matches of winter
sport in Canberra, and the presentation nights
and afternoons to honour the achievements of
those on and off the field.
As patron of the Tuggeranong Bulldogs and
Tuggeranong Netball Association, and the
godmother of a Woden Valley Spurs player, I ve
really enjoyed catching up with parents,
grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters
on the sidelines of these matches and at these
What has always overwhelmed and
impressed me is the dedication, camaraderie and
team spirit of all involved -- not just those
playing the games.
So, as we farewell the days of cold knees and
ears, freezing hands clenched around steaming
coffee and mornings that make your cheekbones
ache and eyes water, I want to say thank you.
Thank you to the tireless and selfless
volunteer executive members, coaches, umpires,
referees, uniform washers, tuck shop servers,
roster managers, drivers, scorers, orange cutters,
sausage sizzlers, first aid officers, trophy buyers,
event organisers, fund-raisers, newsletter
writers, website managers and photographers.
Thank you for taking the time out of your
busy lives to step up and have a go -- often
challenging yourselves to take on new roles.
Without you, team sport would not exist in
Most of all, thank you for cheering on your
own or other s children, grandchildren, nieces,
nephews and siblings.
Thank you for encouraging them to extend
themselves -- to believe in themselves and their
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9
Top players start early
ACT junior chess championship U12 winner year 7 student
Ziqi Yuan, 12, at Campbell High School.
Photo: Matt Bedford
The most prestigious junior
chess tournament in the ACT
was held over three days last
week with players as young as
More than 60 junior chess
addicts ranging in age from
seven to 18 years played nine
games each during the
Campbell High School
hosted the ACT Junior Chess
League event, which has
historically produced national
champions and Australian
representatives up to Olympic
The major winners of the
tournament, dubbed ACT
Junior Champions, were Fred
Litchfield, 17, and Joanne
Mason, 17, for under 20s, and
Ziqi Yuan,12, and Saffron
Archer, 10, for the under 12
To prepare for the
tournament, a lot of the juniors,
including Fred and Ziqi, play
"It s much harder playing
real chess over the board
chess , as it s called online,
because you can see the tension
and you take it a lot more
seriously as well.
Online you don t know the
opponent so you might slack
off," Fred said.
Despite winning every game
he played in the competition to
reach a perfect score, nine from
nine, Fred considers himself
too old to make it to the big
"You have to be a grand
master at a very young age, and
it s not really possible to do that
You ve got to get serious
coaching and train every day,
basically from five years old,"
During the competition, Fred
played Ziqi and dubbed him a
future national chess champion.
"He attacked me big time,
but I was able to defend, which
is not usually my style because
I like attacking, but he got me
If he continues to play in
tournaments and gets regular
coaching, he could definitely be
[a national chess champion],
but you ve got to stay active."
Ziqi started playing chess
when he was in year 3, and won
seven out of nine games during
He said he wasn t expecting
the title of ACT Junior Chess
Champion under 12.
"It feels quite nice," Ziqi
MEETING SPACE IS
OUT OF THIS WORLD
The University of Canberra s
Building 5, home to the Futuro
flying saucer, was officially
opened on Monday.
The $9.9 million building
refurbishment features teaching
spaces, an acoustic recording
room, and shade cover and
furniture for the building s
courtyard. It will now serve as
the new headquarters for the
University of Canberra College
University of Canberra
Chancellor Tom Calma AO said
the makeover also includes a
complete restoration of the
funky, Finnish-designed Futuro
as an interactive meeting room.
The Futuro is located in the
building s courtyard, and has
been re-painted in its original
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