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TOUGH AND TALENTED
Wrestlers tackle off-mat challenges
Canberra wrestlers Jessie-May Nel, 19, and Sagandeep Singh, 28, dream of representing Australia in the sport.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
There s nearly a 10-year age gap
between them but ACT wrestlers
Jessie-May Nel and Sagandeep Singh
are chasing the same dream -- to
ACT Wrestling coach Witold
Rejlich said the pair were "the future
of the club" and had all the necessary
talent, but faced individual challenges
off the mat which may complicate
Indian-born 28-year-old Sagandeep
"Sagggu" Singh moved from Punjab
to live in Australia with his wife,
Navaldeep Kaur, in December 2014.
In October, the Canberra Cup gold
medallist and Australia Cup silver
medallist was nominated for a
distinguished talent visa by ACT head
coach Witold Rejlich.
The visa, still awaiting approval,
would enable Singh to stay
indefinitely in Australia, apply for
citizenship and sponsor eligible
relatives for permanent residency.
"I can t push him all the way if he
is not an Australian citizen but if this
happens the door is open for him to
succeed," Rejlich said.
"In competition he is pinning
everybody. In his Greco-Roman
division he has a big chance to be an
Australian representative for the
Commonwealth Games and no doubt
for Olympic Games too."
It was injury that led 19-year-old
Jessie-May Nel to transfer from
artistic gymnastics to women s
wrestling four years ago.
"I love how it s technical like
gymnastics but you need a lot of
strength too as well as being able to
make things up on the spot and be
strategic in competition," she said.
The first-year biomedical science
student came to the sport with all the
grace of a dancer but don t let her lean
figure fool you -- a swift throw and she
has taller, bulkier opponents pinned.
Coach Rejlich said her flexibility
was an asset, but recent Canberra Cup
and Australia Cup wins signified,
along with transforming physically,
Nel was cultivating a reputation as a
formidable opponent in the sport.
"She is elastic, I have nicknamed
her Rubber," he said. "People first saw
her as a gentle girl who moved like a
ballerina but she is different now,
really very tough.
"She has one of the best techniques
in Australia. She needs to take the leap
into international competition to face
the best and get even better."
Grant to set up
The Australian Cancer Research
Foundation will provide a $2 million
grant to the Australian National
University for a new cancer centre.
The grant, announced in Sydney
last week, will establish the Australian
Cancer Research Foundation
Department of Cancer Biology and
Therapeutics at the John Curtin School
of Medical Research.
The new department will be run by
Ross Hannan, the centenary chairman
in cancer research, allowing him and
his team to undertake discovery-based
research and develop new compounds,
drugs and diagnostic approaches for
I am deeply honoured by the
ACRF grant, which will help us find
new ways to treat cancer and to help
improve the lives of tens of thousands
of Australians who contract the
disease each year, Professor
Tara Cheyne resigned from her role
as chairwoman of the Belconnen
Community Council at a committee
meeting on December 1.
Damien Haas will act as chairman
until at least early next year, when
the position of chairman and a vacant
committee position will be filled at a
special general meeting.
Ms Cheyne has been preselected
to run as a candidate at the 2016
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