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World class game-fishing on our doorstep
Coastal fishing is so good it s
impossible to cram it all into one
Anglers wanting to lock horns with
some of the toughest gamefish going
around are having a summer to
The large numbers of marlin that
have been biting between Jervis Bay
and the Victorian border all year have
been joined by lots of big dolphin fish
-- or mahi mahi.
Dolphin fish are truly ballistic on
the end of a line and tend to fight even
harder when they re in the boat.
They look great and taste even
better -- and with water around
24 degrees over the Shelf, they look
likely to stick around into autumn.
There are a few genuine monsters out
there, too, with fish to 30kg reported.
Black and striped marlin continue to
harass bait balls up and down the
coast. A couple of boats fishing wide
of Bermagui of late have experienced
once-in-a-lifetime fishing, tagging up
to a dozen marlin in a single outing.
It s great to see world class game-
fishing right on our doorstep -- long
may it continue.
Estuary fishing is superb at the
There have been terrific reports of
bream, estuary perch and flathead
from the Clyde River, while Tuross
Lake appears to be the place to head
for large flathead over 80cm.
The estuaries around Bermagui are
swarming with flathead and bream,
which are eagerly snaffling soft
Fresh bait, as always, seems to be
the key for beach fishing success right
now. I ve heard of some excellent
catches of bream, salmon and whiting
on beach worms.
Moruya Breakwall, meantime, is
fishing steadily for salmon -- including
some monsters to 3kg -- on whole
On the local freshwater scene, a few
small cod and yellowbelly are coming
from Burley Griffin on lures at dusk.
RIO 2016 PARALYMPICS
Katie Kelly and guide Michellie Jones are preparing for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Golden girl a top medal chance
Katie Kelly was told she d never
compete in another Ironman event
after her eyesight had deteriorated so
much she was considered legally
Fast forward 12 months and she is
preparing for the Rio 2016
Paralympics as the defending world
triathlon champion and proud owner
of four gold medals.
Kelly suffers from a condition
known as Usher Syndrome, which
causes deafness and blindness. She
lost most of her hearing as a child, and
her eyesight followed suit at the
beginning of 2015.
Her success so early in her career
has left her stunned.
Yeah, it was just incredible, Kelly
said of her World Championship
victory in Chicago in August. I just
couldn t believe the position we were
in. And to finish and to win the gold,
it was just an extraordinary year.
Kelly competes in the PT5 category,
specifically for athletes with a visual
impairment and requires a sighted
guide to compete alongside them.
Kelly s guide is triathlon legend
Michellie Jones, who she attributes
much of her success.
She s dominated across all
disciplines in triathlon, Kelly said.
So when we race together, there s
obviously a great comfort from my
She knows how much I ve got in
the tank, and when to push me, when
to surge, and when to hold back.
In spite of her achievements last
year, the path to the Paralympics will
be anything but smooth for Kelly.
The Australian Paralympic
Committee relies largely on public
fundraisers to supplement their goals,
and the athletes must contribute with
their own fundraising efforts if the
target of $7 million is to be reached for
Rio de Janeiro.
However, Kelly is confident that
Paralympians are well set in the
modern day to take full advantage of
the opportunities afforded them. I
think Australia is starting to see the
fantastic story and the people behind
the Paralympics, as in the athletes.
And I think we all saw that in London,
it s incredibly inspiring.
We need to let people know our
The support is there, it s a case of
the Para athletes knowing and reaching
out to the community to support
Australia will see Kelly as a crucial
part of their Paralympic campaign.
After winning gold at the World
Championships and improving her
world ranking to ninth, she is
considered one of the best chances for
a medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Kelly herself is wary, as she knows
that she had the element of surprise on
her side during her stunning run in
2015 and that her opponents will now
have a better idea of what to expect.
I certainly don t take anything for
granted or the capacity of my
competitors to come back. I think I
might have caught them off guard.
They re [the bulk of Kelly s
opponents] in the northern
hemisphere, we re down here in the
south and there s not a lot of crossover
in our races.
We don t get a lot of chances to
test each other out and see where we re
at, and I only really had the World
Champs to see that. I think that s why
I did take the Great Britons by
In-form Millar expects sterner challenge in Perth
Matt Millar is aiming to continue his
incredible run of form in the $1,750,000
Perth International, which he hopes will
catapult him into the European tour.
The 39-year-old Canberran enjoyed
a successful start to the year, which he
began by finishing second at the
Victorian Open. He then followed with
third in the Victorian PGA
Championship last week.
Very happy with the start [to the
year], Millar said. I hoped to get out
there and continue with what I ve been
doing and not changing anything, and
I certainly did that.
Millar will now travel to Perth next
week, where he expects a sterner
challenge at a tough Lake
Karrinyup Country Club from
The quality of the field is fairly
deep, with Europe and Asia involved,
he said. It s a funny golf course;
scores could be all over the place. It
could be high-scoring or it could be
average scoring just depending on how
the course is set up.
Success at the Perth tournament
could prove definitive for Millar s
year, as he hopes to crack the
European tour and eventually take part
in his second major event.
You d be mad not to take up some
of the opportunities of playing some of
the events on the European tour,
Millar said. I d certainly love to be in
that position, having to make that
decision [on which events to play].
Teen proves TRYathlon's worth
Canberra teenager Mikaela Mbonzi-
Geach says the TRYathlon event kick-
started her ambition to chase an
Olympic Games dream.
Mbonzi-Geach returned to the
junior event on Sunday to inspire a
new generation of budding athletes
seven years after she competed in her
More than 1500 children converged
on the AIS for the run, swim and bike
race designed to give them a taste of a
Mbonzi-Geach, 15, is proof the
event works, turning her attention to
ITU events and an eventual goal of
making it to the Olympics.
The TRYathlon really did push me
to get into the sport," Mbonzi-Geach
said. I m training more and I m
going to Devonport in Tasmania next
week for an ITU race.
I finished in the top five of an ITU
race last year and that has opened
doors. I really would like to reach the
Olympics in the future, but that s a
long-term goal for me.
The event targets children aged
seven to 15, with the Canberra race
part of a national series involving more
than 18,000 competitors.
The Canberra contestants were
awarded their medals by Olympic
swimmer James Magnussen,
Brumbies Stephen Moore, Allan
Alaalatoa and Nick Jooste, mountain
bike duo Rebecca Henderson and Dan
McConnell and triathlete Michelle Wu.
Australian snowboarder Alex Dickson
has snagged Australia s second medal
at the Lillehammer Winter Youth
Olympics, winning silver in the men s
The 17-year-old from Jindabyne
was strong throughout the
competition, qualifying in third place,
just 0.03 seconds off the pace.
His teammate, Geelong s Mollie
Fernandez, claimed fourth place in the
women s event.
It was a double delight for the ski
cross team with 17-year-old Zali
Offord grabbing silver in the women s
event, while 17-year-old Louis
Muhlen nabbed bronze in the men s.
The feat capped a strong comeback
from Offord, who was forced off her
skis for 15 days at the end of January
after she was heavily concussed in a
The medals take Australia s tally at
the Games to four following Emily
Arthur s silver in the halfpipe, making
it Australia s highest medal total in
winter Olympic history.
Australia won three medals at Sochi
in 2014 and Vancouver 2010. AAP
David Campion is one of the lucky few
people capable of playing more than
one sport at an elite level.
Campion finished second in last
year s Special Olympics Australia
National Winter Games for
snowboarding in the giant slalom,
while two years earlier he was part of
the Australian basketball contingent
who came fourth at the Asia Pacific
games in Newcastle.
The 30-year-old Canberran has been
selected to represent Australia at the
Winter Special Olympics in Austria,
and says he is looking forward to the
event. He trades his snowboard for a
basketball every summer, and then
returns to the slopes during the middle
of the year.
Pressed to pick a favourite the
sportsman said he preferred
I probably prefer snowboarding
because it s an individual sport, he
said. There s more pressure on me
when I play basketball . . . it s a team
sport and you have pressure on you,
pressure on your teammates and that.
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