Should all sports grounds in Canberra be closed when we have substantial rainfall?
Sport
A vibrant and somewhat passionate discussion is taking place in the Canberra sporting community in the wake of the constant closure of sports grounds following a winter of rainfall. Many struggle to understand why sports grounds are being closed so regularly because of rain, impacting training and playing. There are many questions constantly arising from these conversations: what is the...
Weekly sports wrap with Tim Gavel at Gungahlin United Football Club
Sport
In sport this week - aspiring young Gungahlin United Football Club players Jade Brown and Brigitte Sander are off to the US on scholarships. Canberra's Kelsey Lee Barber is chasing gold in the Olympics javelin final on Friday. The Raiders take on the Dragons on Friday night, the Wallabies go up against the All Blacks on Saturday and Fred Kaihea...
Language and culture alive and kicking for Gungahlin Bulls rugby league club
Sport
The inaugural Indigenous round for the Gungahlin Bulls rugby league club will be a particularly poignant moment for one of the club's players, Ngunnawal man Richard Allan Jr, who was tasked with the design of the team's jersey to mark the occasion. "It's going to be quite incredible to run out onto the field in the jersey I've designed, and...
Would Canberra sport survive without social media platforms?
Sport
Thirty years ago, if you wanted to find out the scores of Canberra community sports, such as the John I Dent Cup or the ACTAFL, it could be an arduous process. To obtain scores at the time, the options available were to be at the ground watching; or if you couldn’t be there in person, contact somebody who was there,...
“It is not ok to change on the sidelines”: change rooms bring dignity and recognition to women’s sport
Sport
Louise Burrows has played rugby with the Canberra Royals since 1995, and also steps up as a prop for the Brumbies, and for the first time in a quarter of a century, she will finally be able to use a female change room with her team instead of changing on the sidelines or in the men's sheds. "Since my first year...
All abilities netball providing the opportunity for everyone to shine
Sport
Olivia Runting, Charlotte Bailey and Lucy Myatt are three netball players who aren't letting anything get in the way of their goals. A combination of midcourt and shooters, the girls are an integral part of the Gungahlin Jets all abilities netball team, the Shooting Stars, which held a come-and-try day for players of all-abilities on International Day of People with...
All Abilities Netball is all smiles for come and try I-day
Sport
On the International Day of People with Disability, 3 December, the Gungahlin Jets are hosting a come and try day with their All Abilities Netball team, the Shooting Stars. Marilyn Whyte, creator of the team, wants to continue to bring joy and positivity in an awful 2020. She said the Shooting Stars had gone from strength-to-strength and weren't finished with...
Power to the chairs for Canberra team of champions
Sport
The wheels are turning in more ways than one for Canberra United's powerchair football team which has been gifted nine new powerchairs, thanks to the generous efforts of Rotary and Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy. When the team of eight players arrived for its weekly training session on Friday, they had no idea their new chairs were being presented after a fundraising effort...
Gungahlin kids make a racquet over tennis stars
Sport
More than 100 kindergarten students in Gungahlin took their first steps towards a tennis career when they received their first tennis racquets from Canberra's top players - Nick Kyrgios and Alison Bai. The signed tennis racquets were delivered to students at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow. Kyrgios and Bai also gave the students a virtual...
All-abilities netball team shoots for the stars
Sport
For some people, playing sport is more about the friends you make rather than the goals you score. That's certainly the case for competitors in the Marie Little Shield (MLS), a netball competition for women with an intellectual disability. In 2019, Netball ACT participated in MLS for the first time and team manager Marilyn Whyte was blown away by the...
Gungahlin United joins push for national second division football league
Sport
Gungahlin United Football Club (GUFC) has joined the Association of Australian Football Clubs' (AAFC) Championship Partner Group to establish a national second division football league under the A-League. The Championship model needs to be finalised - including whether or not it will include promotion and relegation between the two leagues - before being presented to Football Federation Australia (FFA), a...
Community sport given the green light but enforceable quarantine requirements enacted
Sport
Community sports - including contact sport, dancing and martial arts - have been given the go-ahead from midday today (17 July), one week after the ACT postponed moving to Stage 3 eased restrictions due to COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria. Outdoor sporting fields can be used by up to 100 people, keeping in line with the one person per four square...
Frisbee followers take ultimate leap back into competition
Sport
It's a sport that prides itself on not needing referees - so you know they're going to play by the COVID-19 rules. And now sport is back on, Ultimate Frisbee will be one of the first to return to competition mode this Sunday when the first round of the Canberra Ultimate Premier League takes to the field. As a designated non-contact sport,...
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