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Conditions ideal for alpine trout fishing
The alpine streams are a hive of
activity as healthy water levels and
heaps of insects create ideal
conditions for a red-hot late summer
I visited a tiny creek high up in the
Kosciuszko National Park last week
and was blown away by the quality of
Not only were little wild browns
prevalent, but they were in tip-top
condition after successive seasons
punctuated by plenty of rain and
High country trout aren t big -- a
30cm fish is considered well above
average. But they hit flies and lures
with gusto and are great fun on skinny
A mate of mine and I lost count of
the number of fish we hooked on tiny
dry flies. These fish will also wolf
down a small Celta or hard-bodied
All the fish we caught were released
to fight another day.
With stream flows the best I ve seen
at this time of the year, the excellent
alpine trout fishing should continue for
the remainder of summer and into
Briefly, on the coast, the marlin
fishing season has gone to a new level
-- if that s possible -- with some
experienced fishos labelling it the best
season in recent memory!
The announcement last week by the
NSW government that life jackets will
soon become compulsory for rock
fishers sparked a great deal of debate.
With 37 rock fishing deaths in NSW
in the past four years, the
announcement was inevitable.
Under the new laws, life jackets will
be compulsory for anglers fishing
"high-risk" rock ledges. There will be
significant fines for anglers found in
breach of the new rules.
I personally think any move to
reduce the number of rock fishing
fatalities is a positive step, but I m
concerned about how the new laws
will be policed and what will
constitute a high risk area.
ATHLETE IN RESIDENCE
Richard Nicholson has been named the University of Canberra's athlete in residence. Photo: Melissa Adams
Nicholson adds another title to his CV
In addition to three Paralympic
medals, Richard Nicholson can now
lay claim to being University of
Canberra s second Athlete in
The five-time Paralympian was
introduced as sprinter Melissa Breen s
replacement last Wednesday, and said
he was surprised and thrilled to be
given the opportunity to share his
experience with UC students.
It should be a really fun year for
me, hopefully I get a lot out of it and
through the experiences I ve had
hopefully I can pass something of
interest at least, if not educational, on
to the students, Nicholson said.
Although the position is set to last
the year, former UC graduate
Nicholson is adamant it won t impact
his preparation for this year s
Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Hopefully my time management
skills are of a high order by this stage,
so yeah hopefully I can work it in,
Nicholson said. It ll just be a matter
of when I m available [to teach] and
working out what s best for UC and
Nicholson won silver medals in
powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney
Paralympics and the 2002
Commonwealth Games, before
making the switch to wheelchair
racing, winning a silver medal in the
4x100m relay at Athens in 2004 and
bronze in the 4x400m relay in London
UC vice-chancellor Stephen Parker
said the university was really
pleased to have an athlete of
Nicholson s status involved, and said
he was an ideal candidate for the
The Paralympic sportsfolk and
disabled people in general are really
important to us; I think that sends a
really good message, Parker said.
It also will help us in our sports
courses, and our sports research, and
our sports teaching having someone of
his stature in the Paralympic games.
At 45 years old, Nicholson s
endurance as an athlete is remarkable;
however he acknowledged that the end
of his competitive career may be
I m totally committed to being the
best athlete I can for this year,
Nicholson said. I d like to see this
year out, then maybe have a period of
Nicholson didn t rule out taking on
a more permanent teaching role once
his sporting career came to an end.
One of my roles as sports
commissioner [at the Australian
Sports Commission] was educating
people about inclusion of people with
disabilities into sport, so I spent the
best part of 10 years running programs
that were essentially education-style
I m not sure where I ll be in 12
months time. I ll be finishing the role
here and seeing what opportunities
Museum acquires Norman's Olympic singlet
The National Museum has announced
it has procured the singlet worn by
Peter Norman on the unforgettable day
the gloved salute of Black Power
occurred on the podium at the 1968
Olympics in Mexico.
The museum has yet to determine
where it will display the $40,000 item,
however curator Joanne Bach said,
We expected it to be very popular .
Asked whether the Olympic
Project for Human Rights badge that
was given to Norman by Tommie
Smith and John Carlos was also on the
singlet, Ms Bach said it was not. We
don t know where that is.
The singlet is signed Peter
silver medallist Peter Norman stood in
alliance with Smith and Carlos as they
held their fists high.
It was seen at the time as a black
man s, protest against the racial
discrimination in the USA . It is now
known that Norman said to Smith and
Carlos What can I do to be a part of
this? How can I help? Most of the
recognition for Norman s role in the
Civil Rights movement took place
after his death in 2006.
MP Andrew Leigh put forward a
motion in 2012 for a public apology.
The motion was tabled and is now a
part of the Hansard Record.
Hall of Fame future in doubt
New ACT Sport and Recreation
minister Yvette Berry will engage
Canberra s grass-root organisations to
determine the future of the Hall of
Fame and sport star of the year awards.
It remains unclear whether the Hall
of Fame will continue or cease to exist
following the demise of ACT Sport
last year after more than 30 years
representing community sport.
Berry has asked for a briefing from
sport and recreation on the Hall of
Fame situation, which was run by the
government at the last minute last year.
Departing Canberra Capitals coach
Carrie Graf and superstar player
Lauren Jackson are certainties for
future inclusion, as well as Capital
Football chief executive Heather Reid
if it still exists.
Long-term Hall of Fame sponsor
ActewAGL has indicated it would be
willing to continue its support, but is
yet to hear from the government.
Berry praised Graf, Reid and
Jackson for their contribution to
Canberra s sporting ranks, as well as
setting the standard for female
athletes, coaches and administrators.
We ve started the talk about what
are the best ways for us to honour our
sporting heroes here in the ACT,
Berry said. I m still getting my head
around that brief and talking to people
off to join
Canberra pitcher Brad Inglis was a
promising Australian footballer before
his softball-playing mum lured him
along to the diamond.
Now the 18-year-old is preparing to
join the famous Boston Red Sox
Inglis had offers from the New York
Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but
opted to sign with the Red Sox because
he is mates with Jon Deeble, who
doubles as the Australian baseball
coach and a Boston scout.
When his visa comes through, Inglis
will fly to Fort Myers in Florida next
month for spring training and expects
to be stationed in the Gulf Coast
League (rookie class).
Inglis said he had heard about why
professional baseball was called the
grind and was prepared for the hard
work involved in making it to Major
League Baseball. I m prepared for it.
They ve said it s going to be hot and
hard, so I m looking forward to it, it s
a new experience, he said.
Netball ACT remains hopeful of
tabling an official expression of
interest for inclusion into an expanded
ANZ Championship, but won t pursue
it unless it is possible to find a
balance between servicing an elite
team and the grass roots.
After an explosion in popularity and
media coverage of the Trans-Tasman
competition, Netball Australia has
called for expressions of interest from
teams interested in joining the league
Applications are due to close next
month and Netball ACT boss Adam
Horner said they would need to lock
down a significant sponsorship deal to
be a contender.
We are definitely interested, but
we don t intend to throw our hat in the
ring if it affects the structure or
financial viability of the organisation,
The cost of running a team is
projected at $1.5 to $1.8 million a year.
That s double our current budget . . .
we would not be able to do it without
a substantial partnership.
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