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Calling all Mudders little helpers
Declan Wilson getting muddy at Battle Games in October 2015. Photo: Rob Daniel Photography
Fitness trainer and long-time Tough
Mudder ambassador Lee Campbell is
hoping to end the era of overcautious
parenting by offering Canberra kids
the chance to push their limits and get
Battles Games is an action-packed
holiday summer program for 7-14 year
olds hosted by Campbell s Canberra-
based training company B.Firm on
January 28 and 29.
"Battle Games started as a way to
offer children something other than
mainstream sports," he said.
"I noticed this need for kids to get
back out there, jump in puddles and
over hay bales. These workshops give
them an avenue to explore things that
once were the norm, but aren t now
because of the risks parents may see
with contact sports or impact."
The former AFL player and
Australian Army para trooper said the
sessions aimed to test children s
bodies with climbing, crawling, mud-
running and ropes activities but their
minds too through code-breaking,
compass reading, memory and team
problems solving challenges.
More than 100 participants are split
into teams of 12 or less and battle it out
over the series of events.
Groups find a team name, set up a
base camp, have a giggle dreaming up
a team chant and shoulder any of the
trials of the day together.
"The number one rule is always
safety," Campbell said. "But then
number two rule is teamwork.
"A lot of the kids don t know each
other at the start but by the end they re
They have to communicate and
work together so camaraderie forms
quickly through having a shared
At its core it s about having fun
and this year there s a swathe of new
activities including a maze run, a pirate
swing across mud pits, a suspended
cargo rope called the Spider s Nest, and
a group challenge, the Devil s Sleigh,
where teams move together to haul a
tyre through a course.
Battle Games operated during the
2015 school holiday periods, however
the vision for 2016 is to expand to
other capital cities and firm up a
partnership to work closely with ACT
"They are full days but children love
it," Campbell said.
"It s different to regular sports.
Adventure and obstacle activities give
children whole body awareness,
improved self-esteem and creates an
understanding of teamwork that
carries into other areas of learning and
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FOOD MARKETS SELL
$42m in bid war
The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets
have been sold for more than $42
million, the agents have announced.
Peter Rossi, national director of
retail investments at CBRE, said the
markets would continue operation as
normal, acting as a steady income
stream for the purchasers.
It s a very successful fresh food
retail facility; there s no reason to
think that would change, he said.
All of the tenants there are on long
leases, so ... the operation of the centre
will be status quo.
The purchasers were a private
investment group who bid through a
Canberra-based accountancy firm, he
Seven highly competitive bidders
fought it out.
The property was vigorously
pursued by a number of private
investors both Canberra-based and
nationally, Mr Rossi said.
It was a good, open process that
yielded that result.
The sold price was $42,200,000.
FEWER TESTS CATCH AS
AS MANY DRINK-DRIVERS
The number of Canberra motorists
caught drink-driving on ACT roads
during the holidays remained stable,
despite a significant fall in the number
of breath tests police carried out
compared to the previous year.
Thirty-five motorists were nabbed
driving alcohol-affected from 5928
random breath tests carried out
between December 24 and January 4.
New law suggests punishing one-punch attacks with 25 years' jail
Anyone found guilty of serious one-
punch attacks causing death could face
up to 25 years in jail under draft
ACT legislation proposed by
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson.
Mr Hanson said the community
wanted tougher penalties for
unprovoked, serious criminal assaults
known as coward s punch attacks.
Changes to the Crimes Act would see
the creation of a new aggravated
offence to deal with one-punch attacks
and tougher penalties for a range of
offences, including grievous
bodily harm, assault and affray.
The move comes after a series of
one-punch attacks and drunken
assaults around Canberra nightspots
and in other Australian cities recently.
Last year, ACT Attorney-General
Simon Corbell ruled out introducing
new offences, or mandatory minimum
jail sentences, for one-punch attacks
and other alcohol-related violence.
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