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Hayley Turner, 12, shows off her skipping
skills and inset, The Jazzy Jumpers, the only
Australian Skipping team heading over to the
US to compete in the AAU Junior Olympic
Games. (Back from left) Ella Cools, 12,
Megan Juides, 13, Olivia Davis , 14, Jessica
Bucklar, 13, Hayley Turner, 12, (middle from
left) Toni Stinson, 13, Ella Winstanley, 11,
Hannah Bucklar, 11, Bronwyn Davis, 11, and
(front) Gemma Steele, 11.
Photos: Jamila Toderas
Team skips its way onto world stage
Jump rope may trigger nostalgic
memories of playground games for
some, but for a team of 10 young
athletes, representing their country on
the world-stage was just a hop, skip
and a jump away.
The Jazzy Jumpers have jetted off to
the US to represent Australia at the
Junior Olympics in Iowa, an annual
event that draws competitors under the
age of 23 from around the world.
The Amaroo-based team have been
training hard since last year for the
competition; skipping three times a
week during school term, as well as
extra time at home and during
holidays. The team hoped to place in
order to put them in good stead for
next year s nationals, a qualifying
event for the World Jump Rope
Championships in 2016.
For 12-year-old skipper Hayley
Turner, this will be her second time at
the event. Improving on her results
from last time will be difficult after
coming away with individual age
champion, but she was determined to
"This time I m actually going in a
team, last time I was individual. You
get a lot more encouragement [in a
team], and it makes you want to skip
more. They re so friendly and there are
so many more events we can enter,"
Jazzy Jumpers co-coach and Jump
Rope competitor, Lisa Buchanan said
the most rewarding part of skipping for
her is being able to pass on what she s
learnt over the years to the next
generation of athletes.
"Seeing the skippers learn
something new, reach a new personal
best or do something they didn t think
they would do . . . to see them reach
their goals is the most rewarding,"
Training for the event was not an
easy task, and the young athletes took
part in gymnastics training to increase
their skills in the lead-up. Co-coach
Nicole Krause praised the team for
their hard work.
"It s quite difficult because there are
so many different events that they have
to compete in. It s not just one style of
skipping; they ve got to practise a lot
of different styles, and a lot of it
they ve got to work together as a
team," Ms Krause said.
At the same time as the Junior
Olympics, the 2014 World Jump Rope
Championships is being hosted in
Hong Kong. Australia is sending
skippers of all ages from clubs in NSW
Harris art works removed from sight
Students at some Canberra schools
have returned from holidays to find
walls purged of all Rolf Harris art
The ACT Education and Training
Directorate has confirmed paintings at
Erindale College, Harrison School and
Chapman Primary have all been
removed for storage after the
disgraced entertainer was convicted of
indecently assaulting four girls.
Among them was a 13-metre-long
mural, Triptych 88, painted for
Canberra as part of Australia s
It previously graced the entrance to
Erindale College s theatre.
We can confirm all art work by
Rolf Harris has been removed from
ACT public schools, a directorate
spokesman said. The art works will
be placed in storage.
South-Weston network leader
Wayne Prowse, who assisted each
school with the removals, said all three
schools had asked to have their works
taken down within 48 hours of Harris
guilty verdict on June 30.
I think the schools displayed
sound judgment, Mr Prowse said.
When schools see a potential
concern they take precautions
He said each school undertook some
form of consultation. Although he was
not aware of any specific complaints
about the art works from the broader
community, he said schools wanted to
ensure they did not inadvertently
offend students, staff or families.
Canberra a hive of scientific activity
It has been a busy and interesting few
months for people involved in science
and information and communication
technology (ICT) here in Canberra,
and I thought I would share a few of
the positive events.
Last month I attended the ACT
iAwards. This fantastic celebration
was held at the gorgeous Arboretum
and recognised some of the most
innovative technology solutions
coming out of Canberra s public and
private sectors. The Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation s InsectScan technology,
which allows researchers to access and
create high-definition 3D scans of
insects the world over, won best
research and development project,
while the night s top gong went to
Canberra entrepreneur and CEO of the
Academy of Interactive
Entertainment, John De Margheriti.
The ACT winners will now take part in
the national iAwards in Melbourne in
August. With John s business going
from strength to strength, he still finds
time to contribute substantially to the
next generation of clever game
developers in our region.
Recently, Canberra s best digital
designers and innovators took part in
the national GovHack competition.
GovHack is designed to draw together
people from government, industry,
academia and the general public to
mash up, reuse and remix open
government data in order to find
innovative ways to access the
knowledge embedded in that data for
public good uses. Over 1300 people in
11 cities participated, making it the
biggest GovHack event to date. The
winners have still not been decided so
make sure to visit www.govhack.org
and vote for a Canberra project!
Last week saw the launch of the
Advanced Instrumentation and
Technology Centre at Mt Stromlo
Observatory. I can t emphasise enough
how significant this next step in
strengthening Canberra s presence and
impact in space technology is: for
business opportunities both here and
abroad. The AITC will greatly
enhance Australia s capabilities and
capacity to design and test precision
astronomical instrumentation and
recent contracts awarded are proof of
the economic potential for our region.
The Fireside Festival has become a
regular winter warmer for Canberrans
keen to escape the cold and try some
fine food and wine.
August used to be one of Canberra s
quietest periods. Tourists stayed away
and Territorians stayed indoors.
But then a group of five enterprising
people decided to celebrate the
freezing winter each year instead of
wishing it away.
They stoked the open fires, plated
up delicious slow-cooked food and
poured the wonderful red wines from
the Canberra region to create the
Fireside Festival. That was more than
eight years ago.
The Poachers Way, a collective of
two-dozen businesses, formed to
expand on the original idea. And now
the festival is a roaring success.
It has turned winter for boutique
food outlets, wineries and a select
group of Canberra hotels into one of
their busiest times of year.
Susan Bruce from Poachers Pantry,
and founder of the Fireside Festival,
said it was a chance to celebrate
"It is one of the things that Canberra
does really well, she said. "It is a time
when you feel like feasting. It s cold
and you just want to clasp your hands
around a good red and have some slow
"It is just a great time for this type
She said there was a whole mix of
activities that were a bit out of the
ordinary that people could take part in.
"It makes for an exceptional
experience, Ms Bruce said.
Throughout August there will be
live music in the barrel room at Lerida
Estate winery, winter horseback trail
rides, winter foods, tapas and launches
of new season wines. There will also
be fire twirling, art in the shearing
shed, chocolate appreciation and
The Fireside Festival runs from
August 1-31. Events take place at
more than 20 venues through the
capital and Canberra region. For
more information visit
Music improves life for disadvantaged children
Education researchers from Canberra
have found music education can
change the future of disadvantaged
"The impact that learning a musical
instrument has on children before
seven years old has an incredibly
positive and lasting effect on that
child s cognitive development,"
University of Canberra assistant
professor Dr Anita Collins said.
"Regular lessons to learn how to
play a musical instrument improves
numeracy and literacy levels and helps
logical reasoning, solving problems at
an emotional level."
She initiated the Goulburn Strings
Project, providing weekly half-hour
lessons to 25 primary school children
sharing just five violins. After great
success and marked improvements in
the children s wellbeing, the
researcher has been hunting to secure
funding to expand the project.
However, funds for the original
program are drying up and they need
to raise $40,000.
They have received a $25,000 grant
from the Vincent Fairfax Family
Foundation and 50 violins from the
Sydney-based Vivaldi Strings Shop.
Donate at www.justgiving.com/
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