Monthly Archives: November 2018

Cyclist’s three-year fund-raiser not over yet

IT’S been three years and about 45,000 kilometres since Chris Roach pushed a bicycle out the front door of his Newcastle home in March 2009 to cycle around the world.
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On the way he’s survived medical setbacks in India, deserts in China, a drunken assault by a gang of youths in Kazakhstan, and bitter cold in Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.

Chris Roach on tour.

“Fortunately I managed to miss the full onslaught of winter where temperatures plummeted to minus 35 degrees in some of the places I’d been to only weeks earlier,” Mr Roach said.

With a budget of €10 a day, Mr Roach is relying on the generosity of others to help him on his way while raising money for Oxfam, an international aid agency that works with poor communities around the world to reduce poverty and injustice.

His aim is to raise $100,000, $1 for every kilometre.

Mr Roach has spent the past few days cycling from Goteborg, Sweden, to Oslo in Norway, where he will spend the next week or so earning some money for the return journey home.

The plan is to continue through Scotland, England, France, Spain, Africa, South America, North America then through Asia and back home again.

“There is still a long way to go,” he said.

“But it feels like having come this far I am more like on the way home now and that feels good.

Mr Roach said he was buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive response he has had so far.

“Of course, there are some that don’t really appreciate what I’m about, others don’t understand the journey at all – but then again I don’t expect them to,” he said. “It is all part of the adventure.”

Mr Roach said he missed his family, and being away during certain milestones, including the birth of his nephew, but he is determined to carry on.

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Student amenities fee to improve Newcastle uni services

THE University of Newcastle is to undertake a massive expansion of student services on campus with revenue generated from the federal government’s student amenities fee.
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The university has released details of how it plans to spend $2.5 million it will collect from the newly introduced Students Services and Amenities Fee.

The deadline elapsed last month for Newcastle students to pay the $263 annual fee, which is $132 a semester for full-time students.

The fee replaces revenue lost with the abolition of compulsory student unionism and can be spent on activities from sports to food services.

Students can defer payment with their tuition fees.

Students indicated in online forums they would like toilets on campus improved, in particular the “stench” around Hunter building amenities.

Other priorities were more parking, public transport routes and lockers.

Newcastle University Students Association president Heather Richards said the toilets on campus were “a bit gross, especially in the Hunter building”.

The student union will use its funds for a building upgrade, a bra fitting session, alcohol and sexual health booklets and free food event at the city campus.

To determine how to spend funds the university reviewed more than 4000 student surveys and read more than 400 Facebook comments as part of an online campaign.

The university will use $1.6 million on existing services and $900,000 on extra services.

It will upgrade the union building and prayer rooms, develop online student services, water stations, fund clubs and societies, study skills support sessions as well as off-campus accommodation advice and legal services.

A university spokeswoman said there had been upgrades to some bathrooms in the Hunter building among many around campus.

“The bathroom amenities meet high standards of cleanliness,” she said.

Among the innovations on campus are self-service kitchens called “survival stations”.

Open Foundation student Kirraly Mead said they were a good idea “as long as it’s clean all the time”.

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Knights lose two local lads to Penrith

THE Knights have lost two home-grown rising stars to NRL rivals Penrith.
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Newcastle-born forwards Sam Anderson and Ethan Cook, who will represent the Knights in the NSW Cup preliminary final against Balmain Ryde-Eastwood at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, will play for the Panthers next season.

Penrith general manager of football Phil Gould told the Newcastle Herald last night that Anderson had signed a one-year contract and Cook had been secured for two years.

Anderson, who won the Knights’ National Youth Cup players’ player and player of the year awards in 2011, knocked the Panthers back at the end of last year to sign a one-year extension after Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett spoke to him and convinced him to stay and spend the off-season training with the NRL squad.

But Anderson could not break out of the NSW Cup ranks all season and Gould was not to be denied a second time.

After meeting with Anderson’s father, Peter, in Newcastle on the night of the Knights’ last game against Souths three weeks ago, Gould convinced the West Maitland Red Dogs junior to join the Panthers.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Newcastle but I’m looking forward to the change at Penrith as well,” Anderson said last night.

“To be honest, being 21, you kind of need to make a decision, and I think the opportunity at Penrith is a lot better forwards-wise.

“There’s more of an opportunity for making my NRL debut there – in the next couple of years, hopefully – than there is at the Newcastle Knights.

“It’s all about chasing opportunity and there’s a good group of us going down there.”

Anderson and Cook will join Knights clubmates Wes Naiqama and Kyle O’Donnell among Penrith’s recruits for 2013.


Marny walks after 15 years

AFTER walking for the first time in 15 years, Marny Cringle is making slow but significant steps.
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Ms Cringle, 42, had pioneering surgery a year ago to enable her to wear a prosthetic leg.

It followed a long search for a medical solution.

The Bolwarra Heights resident’s leg was amputated in 1996 when, while living in London, a tube train hit her.

Her femur, or thigh bone, was too short for a prosthesis.

After years searching for a solution, Ms Cringle found Sydney orthopaedic surgeon Munjed Al Muderis.

She had procedures about a year ago that used rods to lengthen the femur from 10 to 18 centimetres.

Another rod was implanted and an adaptor, for the prosthesis to attach to, was fitted to the leg.

“And I just walk,” Ms Cringle said.

Muscle wastage during the years her leg was not used, has slowed Ms Cringley’s progress.

“Because I haven’t been able to walk for 15 years, I’ve had problems.”

It was hoped that at the one year mark, Ms Cringle would walk with both feet.

She presently relies on two walking sticks, having progressed from crutches, and hopes that in another year she will walk unaided.

“I’m still progressing, going well,” she said.

“I just have to be patient.”

Dr al-Muderis said time would tell.

“All the operations have been done,” he said.

“It a matter of her body building up strength to walk again.”

Dr al-Muderis said he strongly believed Ms Cringle would have a good outcome.

Ms Cringle is sharing her experience with others as vice-president of information and support group Newcastle Amputees and Associates.

Marny Cringle with her prosthetic leg. Picture: Peter Stoop

Abe Wheelhouse walks from Jets

YOUTH coach Clayton Zane says the Jets’ door has not closed on Abe Wheelhouse despite the teenager’s shock decision to walk away from the club.
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Wheelhouse, the younger brother of Jets A-League captain Jobe Wheelhouse, has signed to play for promotion winners Lambton Jaffas in the 2013 Northern NSW State League season.

The 18-year-old has been part of the Jets youth squad since June 2011 and played for them in the club’s maiden NNSW state league campaign this year.

Although not officially offered a new deal with the Jets to play in the National Youth League, which starts next month, Wheelhouse made it clear to Zane that he was not interested in staying with the club.

“We had a chat to him at the end of the season, because we could tell just by his body language that he wasn’t as interested in it as he probably should have been,” Zane said.

“So he wasn’t offered anything. We just brought him in at the end just to check on him and see where his head was at and he told us what we already thought was going on. We weren’t surprised by that one.”

He said he had another meeting with Wheelhouse, who reaffirmed his desire to leave the Jets.

Wheelhouse did not return a call from the Herald.

“Abe was adamant that he thought his future was away from the club, not for any particular reason,” Zane said.

“Maybe it was a bit of fatigue and I guess he probably questioned himself a little bit when the first-grade boys came back in and took his spot.

“I think he thought he would play a bit more and I think he realises the jump to the A-League is a big one.

“I said to him, ‘Just make sure you think about it carefully because once you go it’s hard to come back.’

“But then again, we wouldn’t close the door on anyone either. I told Abe to go and play good football because this doesn’t mean he’s finished at the Jets.”

He said back-up keeper Jim Fogarty, who has also signed with Lambton Jaffas, was offered a deal but chose to leave because of work commitments as a personal trainer and his university studies.

He said only six youth league contracted players – Nick Cowburn, Luke Remington, Mason Campbell, Andrew Hoole, Kale Bradbery and Blake Green – from the state league campaign remained for the NYL season.

Josh Small, Dom Bizzari, Dino Fajkovic, Maclean Nadfalusi, Jakob Williams and Alex Kantarovski were released.

The Jets Youth return to training from a four-week break on Monday.

Zane said his NYL squad was not finalised and that a couple of Sydney players would come for trials next week, although the club’s preference was to promote local talent.

He hoped to organise a trial against new club, Western Sydney Wanderers.

The Jets can have 16 players on their roster and plan to have five from the NSW Institute of Sport program as train-on players who can be promoted through the campaign.

NSWIS players Reece Papas and Andrew Pawiak have been training with the squad this year and Zane was also keen to have left-footer Josh Murray in the mix.