Fiona recognised for caring

MatchWorks Corio site manager Fiona McIntyre has been recognised for an important role she plays outside of her work. Earlier this year, Fiona was crowned the 2020 Lady of Racing for her work in retraining and rehoming former racehorses.

The award is run by The Victorian Wakeful Club in partnership with Racing Victoria and aims to celebrate women who have made an outstanding contribution to the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

Fiona has several former champions of racing in her care, but it was her work with two former champions that set her apart in the award. She looks after Bart Cummings’ former grand stayer Precedence, who competed in four Melbourne Cups and won two Moonee Valley Cups.

Precedence and Fiona have competed in the past two Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout events held during the Melbourne Show and widely recognised as the pinnacle of the horse showing world. Another of Bart Cummings’ former stars, Sirmione, is also in Fiona’s care and has also had a successful equestrian career.

RV CEO Giles Thompson said Fiona was a very worthy winner.

“Fiona has long been an advocate for life after racing, and has worked tirelessly to ensure former racehorses lead happy and healthy lives once they have left the track,” he said.

“We are very fortunate to have Fiona as one of the RV Acknowledged Re-trainers who support our Off The Track program, which aims to facilitate the placement of retired racehorses in secondary careers and drive demand for thoroughbreds as performance and pleasure horses.”

Fiona said was honoured to receive the award for doing something she loves.

Cricket flavour to school visit

Former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove was a special guest at Northern Bay College in February.

The event celebrated the arrival of a new bowling machine donated to the college by the Lord’s Taverners Geelong. The machine is a significant addition to the college’s sport program.

Lord’s Taverners was established in London in 1950 by a group of actors who enjoyed a pint watching the cricket from the Old Tavern pub at Lord’s. In 1982, John Darling established the first Australian branch and Geelong became the 11th branch in 2017.

Lord’s Taverners Australia raises funds for charities, based on its slogan: “Giving the young and disadvantaged a sporting chance”.

At Northern Bay College, Sir Peter, Lady Cosgrove and chair of Cricket Australia Earl Eddings were on hand to see the first ball being bowled by the machine. They joined other guests in enjoying an insight into the schools SEED (Sports, Empowerment, Education and Development) program, with students explaining how they are benefiting from the specialist program.

Sir Peter also took the opportunity to address the 2020 Year 12 student as they began their final year of secondary school.  Morning tea followed, prepared by the college’s senior VCAL students, on what was a memorable day for the college.

Fishing for new members

A new fishing club has formed in Corio, offering a family-friendly environment for all anglers.

Corio Bay Anglers Club meets fortnightly, on Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm, at Cloverdale Community Centre. The club already has 30 members involved in a variety of activities.

President Mick Conway said the club is for all-weather and all sorts of fishing and will host 12 to 14 fishing competitions each year. They also have plans to clean-up around the bay, including North Shore and St Helens beaches.

“Our members also share their knowledge, so it’s a good place for young anglers to come and get support and advice,” Mick said. “We encourage families to come along to our social events, which include our weigh-ins and barbecues at Moorpanyal Park.”

Mick said young anglers can learn from older members and can also access equipment for a day if they want to try fishing.

For more information, call 0421-739-618, email or look for Corio Bay Fishing Club on Facebook.

Diversitat Futsal Academy

Diversitat Futsal Academy is an early intervention pilot project for refugee youth aged 14-18 years and residing in Geelong.

The program aims to use indoor soccer to build resilience through increasing access to positive role modelling for at-risk young people, who have been in Australia less than five years.

The program promotes equal opportunity and access to opportunities in the broader community while building personal capacity to deal with confronting behaviours.

The program commenced in Term Two and engaged 24 diverse young people. They recently welcomed Melbourne Victory’s Yazid Said, who shared his journey from being a young person in Eretria to now playing professional soccer.

For more information about the program, email or phone 5260-6000.

Something for everyone at bowling club

Norlane Bowling Club members Alison Devlin and Maureen Riley would like to see more women join their ranks as the club continues to grow.

Alison has been bowling for about 12 years, following her late father to the club. Over the years she has played up to three times a week and now represents the club in Saturday pennant.

“I like the challenge of the game with all the elements coming at you,” Alison said. “It’s a game that’s easy to learn but hard to master. I’m still trying to master it.”

Maureen is a social member and has found the bowling club a good place to meet people after recently moving to the area. She enjoys the friendship of the Friday night social functions and watching the bowls on competition days.

Newcomers are always welcome, whether they want to play bowls at a competitive level, have a social roll or access the facilities to socialise.

The club, in St George’s Road, has teams playing in Saturday pennant competition, while mixed social bowls are played at the club every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm. Coaching is also available for members.

Socially, happy hour is held every Friday from 4.30pm and the club facilities are also available for hire. For more information phone 0478-768-598.

Bowling for everyone

Norlane Bowling Club members are always keen to welcome newcomers to their club, whether they want to play bowls at a competitive level, have a social roll or access the facilities to socialise.

The club, in St George’s Road, has two teams playing in Saturday pennant competition, in Divisions 4 and 11. Mixed social bowls are played at the club every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm.

Club committee member Neil Watson said bowls is an ideal sport for all ages and abilities. The club also offers free coaching for anyone wanting to take up bowls or develop their game.

“We have happy hour every Friday from 4.30pm and invite people to come and join us,” Neil said. “We have affordable social and playing memberships.”

The club facilities are also available for hire. For more information phone 0478-768-598.

Gold medals for Lindy Joy

North Shore’s Lindy Joy Crouch is Australia’s new Golden Girl of ITF Taekwon-Do, after winning two Gold medals at the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s Special Needs World Championships in Argentina.

Lindy was Australia’s first Down syndrome athlete to compete at the ITF World Championships, in the first fully fledged ITF Special Needs international event. She was featured with her coach Phill Zdybel and fellow competitor Joshua Zdybel in the Term 3 edition of Northerly Aspects.

Lindy Joy won Gold in the Adult individual yellow belt patterns, and also in the Mixed abilities event. She teamed up with Joshua Zdybel to perform self defence against weapon attacks and an unarmed assailant.

Lindy Joy was featured on the International Taekwon-Do Federation website following her win. The website reported:

“She trains twice weekly at Geelong Taekwon-Do, under the guidance of 5th Degree instructor Phillip Zdybel. Mr Zdybel also acted as Head Coach of the National team, as well as competing himself.

He describes Lindy as a ‘very spirited young lady who show a lot of determination along the way and put in the extra work attending regular pool sessions’ in addition to regular training.

Despite her special needs, Lindy trains in the regular class and does all the same drills and conditioning as the black belts. This was evident in her performance in Argentina.

President Master Michael Muleta said it was a fantastic result for Lindy and the Australian team. He also noted how the Taekwon-Do special needs section had grown since its inception in 2016. So much so, that the national organisation now has a Special Needs Committee to further develop the program domestically.

“Lindy now has her eyes firmly set on the 2020 ITF World Championships in Russia, where she hopes to return as a high colour belt.”

Trio off to championships

Talented Taekwondo trio Lindy Joy Crouch, Joshua and Phill Zdybel are preparing to take on the world at the International Taekwondo Federation World Championships in Buenos Aires in late July-early August.

Lindy Joy has Down syndrome and will create history as the first Australian representative in special needs ITF world competition. She will be accompanied on her trip by her mother Jayne.

Lindy Joy, 25, took up Taekwondo as a form of exercise and is now training twice a week as well as doing gym sessions and swimming. She enjoys the sport and the chance to make new friends.

Joshua Zdybel, 15, has been involved in the sport since he was four years old and is preparing for this third world championships. He won a silver medal at the last championships in Rome and this time is aiming for gold in the Under 18 Under 70kg Division.

Joshua and Lindy Joy are both coached by Phill Zdybel in Corio. Phill will also compete in Buenos Aires in the Senior 82-plus kilogram division.

Phill said all three are tracking well in their preparation for the championships, including wins in the Victorian championships in Mildura in May.

25 years of calisthenics

Cloverdale Calisthenics College, based at Hendy Street Community Centre, is celebrating its 25th year in 2018.

Founder and coach Mandy Mueller has been a part of the college for all those 25 years. Mandy is dedicated to helping run the college in her administrator’s role she, and along with her fellow coaches helps to nurture and develop calisthenics skills in all pupils.

Calisthenics is an artistic team performing sport that combines elements of dance, simplified ballet, gymnastics, singing, acting, march and apparatus work. It involves a team learning choreographed routines to music that are performed at competitions and a concert. Team members learn commitment, dedication and the importance of being part of a team while making friends and having lots of fun along the way.

Cloverdale is a relatively small club, but is hoping to boost membership numbers this year. New members are encouraged to go along and see what calisthenics is all about. The first two classes are free.

All coaches are fully accredited with a Level One Coaching qualification with the Victorian Calisthenics Coaches Association (VCCA), have a Working With Children Check and a current first aid certificate.

Cloverdale offers competitive classes for all ages, from Tinies to Masters and recreational classes during Term 4 each year.

In celebration of the College turning 25 years, a dinner will be held at The Waurn Ponds Hotel on Friday, May 18 and all past and present members are invited to attend a fun-filled evening.

Cloverdale always welcomes new members. For more information visit the Facebook page , email or phone Mandy on 0418-559-241.

Sport focus at school

Northern Bay College students are being encouraged to engage in sport through a pilot program developed at their school.

Sports Empowerment Education Development (SEED) was developed by teacher Ben Lowery and fitness and motivation expert Steve Lewry. It is based at the college’s Goldsworthy campus, where new facilities have been developed for soccer, basketball, netball, tennis, volleyball and cricket.

Ben Lowery has been teaching in the northern suburbs for 18 years, while Steve ‘Stoofa’ Lewry is no stranger to the Goldsworthy campus. He attended the former Corio Technical School as a teenager and is now one of Geelong’s best known personal trainers, motivational speakers and coaches.

“Ben and I have experience in lots of sports,” Stoofa said. “We developed this program to engage kids in sport and increase their participation at school and in the community.

“There are so many benefits of being involved in sport and we hope it will help engage kids and keep them at school. The new facilities here are first-class and this program is a natural progression to make the most of them.”

SEED is being conducted for Year 9 students this year and gives them access to specialist coaching in a range of sports. The focus is on participation, engagement, teamwork and creating a sense of belonging. It will be extended to Year 10 next year.

Year 7 and 8 students are also involved in a new sporting program that gives them access to specialist coaches. The students attend Goldsworthy campus for weekly coaching in up to 15 sports of their choice.

“This program is unique to the needs of students at Northern Bay College and the goal is fitness, participation and motivation for sport and school,” Stoofa said. “It’s about giving them new experiences.”