Duff’s award-winning beer to be tapped at Bitter & Twisted

RAISE YOUR GLASS: Stuart Duff will unveil Dusty Miner’s special Black Rye PA at Bitter & Twisted on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIN this flavoursome era of craft beer, one of the last bastion of mainstream brews would surely be the mining industry. A hard-earned thirst, needs a big cold beer, and all that jazz.
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However, Aberglasslyn underground fitter Stuart Duff is casting off those old stereotypes with his award-winning Dusty Miner Craft Brewery. In two years the home nano-brewery has won silver medals for itsBlack Bon3s Dark Ale, a tribute to Maitland Blacks Rugby Club, at the Sydney Beer and Cider Awards 2015 and this year’s Australian International Beer Awards.

“I started grain-brewing 15 years ago and with the craft beer scene becoming what it was, I said to my wife [Cathy] I’d like to do it,” Duff said.“So she said find some people, other than my friends, to try it and I got some good reviews, so she let me go and buy a brewery.”

Duff still worksas aunderground fitter at Wambo Mine, but hopes to one day brew full-time. And he’s getting closer to that dream.Eight bottle shops and three pubs stock his range, thatincludes,Shaftman Pale,Stook IPA,Undercut Msa and 3 Daughters Red, which Duff said is“like my girls;it’s intriguing, feisty and sometimes sweet.”

Duff will be pouring his Dusty Miner dropsat theBitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival this weekend at Maitland Gaol, plus a special one-off Black Rye PA.

It’s brewed with rye grain in a black IPA before bourbon oak chips were added tothe fermenting process.

“Barrel-aged beers have been coming out for the last six months or more, so people have been ageingthem in old bourbon, whiskeyorwine barrels to get the actual flavour out of the barrel,” Duff said.“I didn’t have a barrel or the time to age it, so I’ve used bourbon oak chips in the fermenter.”

It’s an exotic ale that will turn heads at Bitter & Twisted, but is Duff converting many of his old pit buddies away fromTooheysand VB?

“Some are starting to try new things, which is good, but there’s still some guys who are old school and it’s hard to change those blokes,” he said.“The younger blokes are willing to try new beers.”

This year’s Bitter & Twisted will be the 10th edition of the popular event. Sydney’s award-winningStockade Brew Co and Modus Operandi will both debut this year and Newcastle’s Apple Truck Cider will have an individual stall for the first time. Saturday is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday.

Melbourne CupEverything you need to know

TOMORROW is the first Tuesday in November which means it’s Melbourne Cup time.
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But if you’re not a keen horse racing fanand have no clue who you should be cheering for on the day, don’t worry –we’ve got you covered.

First up let’s take a look atwho is actually running in this year’s Melbourne Cup.The final 24-horse field is here.

And if it’s the one time of the year that you place a bet and you’renot sure who you should place your hard-earned cash on –we’ve got you covered with these tips.

Or perhaps this willhelp you decide:

Or if you believe in the power of pets – Maremma guard dog Amor has picked a favourite for you. Read more here.

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Fashions on the fieldNot sure what to wear to that Cup function you’ve got on tomorrow? Well ladies, we can tell you stilettosare out. Read more here.

Think you know who’s going to win?So you’ve been reading the previews on the horses and following their progress throughout the season?In fact you’re pretty sure you know who’s going to take home the Cup.Then be sure to take in part our poll and let us know:

Where are all the celebrities at Melbourne Cup Carnival 2016?Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Upton, Snoop Dogg, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Enrique Iglesias, Geri Halliwell, Mischa Barton, Solange Knowles, Eva Longoriahave all made celebrity appearances at the Melbourne Cup Carnival down through the years.But it seems organisers are happy to stick with local talent for 2016.

That is apart from nine-time Olympic gold medallistUsain Bolt, who is on theCrown Melbourne marquee guest list for Oaks Day. Read more here.

Woods emerges from the wilderness to win stableford

BEST PERFORMER: Justin Sutton was the best performer of the locals during last weekend’s 2016 NSW Country Championships at Goulburn. He’s teeing off with fellow competitors Brad Croker of Goulburn and Charlestown’s Michael Wade. Photo: Paul ThomasLocal accountant and renowned Parkes businessman Peter Woods certainly struck with a vengeance last Saturday when members of the Parkes Golf Club contested the Totally Workwear sponsored 18 hole Stableford.
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Woods, who hasn’t graced the winner’s podium in over fouryears, certainly found excellent form last weekend when he returned a great 41 points to take the winner’s spoils from new member Luke Clarke on a countback.

Woods’ last victory was some 50 months ago and ironically wasn’t a single event but a fourball with the late Mike Richardson.

Playing off a 31 handicap, Woods will now find his handicap has been reduced.

Saturday’s ball winners saw Luke Clarke head the list on 41 with Ron Hetherington close behind on 40 while on 39 were Matt Lawryk, Terry Walsh, Tony Hendry and Michael Kable while Todd Jayet survived the countback on 38 points to gain the remaining ball.

In the Nearest the Pins saw Laurie Wakefield take out the Idle Rite Tyrepower 1st Hole at 310cms, and local mayor Ken Keith snared the Griffins Leading Edge 4th Hole and the Money Hole award at 320cms.

Tony Hendry shot the shot of the day to finish just 103cms from the pin on the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th Hole, while Robert Cheney fired a birdie two after his shot to Harvey Norman 11th Hole came to rest 322cms away.

On the tough Westlime 15th Hole, Garry Phipps earnt two balls courtesy of Westlime when he finished 341cms from the flag.

The remaining two awards of the day saw Mark Job in a big comeback to golf, finishing 365cms from the flag on his second shot to claim the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete sponsored 9th Hole.

On the PJL Groups 18th Hole in two shots saw Tony Hendry victorious at 380cms.

CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHTMembers are urged to book their tables for the club’s annual presentation night that will be held this Saturday, November 5 at 7pm.

A delicious smorgasbord meal will be provided for a minimal cost of $25per person and live music will also be there for members to dance to.

NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS & REGIONAL TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPSThe NSW Country Championships were held over the weekend at the Goulburn Golf Club.

And despite battling tough conditions that saw extremely quick greens and several holes that had hazards and tight fairways, the entire Lachlan Valley team performed creditably with Forbes champion John Betland the best individual when he finished on 147 in 15th place.

Reigning club champion Justin Sutton was best of the locals as he finished on 153 after rounds of 79 and 74.

The district team which appeared solid on paper finished in ninth place in the Regional Teams Championships with Parkes being represented by Sutton, Mitch McGlashan and Cameron Butler.

Forbes players filled the remaining three places with Betland joined by his brother Steve and the-up-and-coming Lee Grierson.

NSW FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIPSReigning Parkes Foursomes Champions Peter Dixon and John Green will travel to Campbelltown Golf Club this weekend to contest the NSW Foursomes Championships.

Members wish them all the best in a game that friendships are truly tested.

PYBAR HANDICAP CHALLENGEThe final of the Pybar Handicap Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 13, at 9am.

The field will comprise the following players Brian L. Hogan, Vic Gaidzionis, Tony Hendry, Cameron Butler, Wayne Butler, Colin Barker, Ian Phipps, Lachlan Buesnell, Troy Thomson, David Stevenson, Mitch McGlashan, Garry Phipps, Ross Smith, Matt Lawyrk, Peter Magill, Michael Dellaca, Joey Van Opynen, Robert Hey and Chris Goodie.

Reserves are Michael Smith and Bernard McCabe.

Players listed above must inform the captain of their intentions to play by this Saturday otherwise they will be replaced.

THIS WEEKEND’S COMPETITIONSThis Saturday, the men will contest the finals of the Parkes Betta Home Living Medal of Medals, as well as the Griffins Leading Edge Putter of Putters competitions.

These will be run in conjunction with the Telescope Tyres & Batteries November Monthly Medal which sees Food Service Central as the sponsor of the A, B and C Grade Handicap awards.

The Veterans handicap award is sponsored by Troy Thomson, Peter Magill, David Stevenson and Robert Cheney, and Griffins Leading Edge will provide the trophy in the putting competition.

The ladies will contest an 18 hole multiplier for the Kaye Jones trophy and will play an 18 hole Stableford for Vanessa’s Wool ‘N Craft trophy tomorrow.

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South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

This weekend is your chance to get out and see all the latest caravan and camping products and equipment in the biggest and longest running caravan and camping expo in Southern NSW.
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“The South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is the best place for people from the South Coast, Snowy and Canberra regions to see a full range of caravan and camping products, all in one place,” Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, CEO Lyndel Gray said today.

“With over 100 exhibitors and hundreds of caravans, motorhomes, campervans and camper trailers on display, along with the latest products and accessories, it’s an unmissable event for anyone who loves a caravan or camping holiday.”

The Expo, taking place at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay, will mark its 15th year providing a fantastic one-stop-shop for caravan and camping products in the area.

“There is so much to see and do at the South Coast Expo, from the huge range of products to the experts on hand to answer all your questions and with fantastic food, free kids entertainment and free onsite parking – it’s a great day out for anyone.

Don’t forget you have a chance to win over $3000 worth of great prizes in our Passport competition including:

1st Prize

A “Fair Dinkum” Single Carport, proudly provided by Southern Coastal Sheds and Garages.

2nd Prize

800lb Pro Series Weight Distribution Hitch, proudly provided by Camden Caravan NSW.

3rd Prize

Outback King Single Swag, proudly provided by Bluewater Campers.

The South Coast Camping and Holiday Expo is on at the Mackay Park in Batemans Bay from Friday to Sunday, November 4 to 6. It is open from 9am – 4pm daily and tickets can be purchased at the gates on the day.

Adult tickets are $15, Concession $10 and children 16 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

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Letters to the editor/reports

Guest: Naracoorte 4WD president Peter Flavel (left), Diane Hevey and guest speaker Wayne Hevey.4WD meetingNaracoorte SA 4WD Club held its third annual meeting last month. In three years, the club has grown to 54 families enjoying the camaraderie and fellowship of like-minded people whiletravelling around Australia to places most people only dream of.
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The club averaged one trip a fortnight with many local trips to Beachport, Robe, Little Desert, Ngarkat and Pyrenees and longer trips to Tasmania, Otway Ranges, Cape York, Fraser Island and the Simpson Desert.

The club isnow focussing on one day trips to local places of interest. Longer trips planned include the “high country” in January and Western Australia and the Kimberleyin May.

Fines master Lew Haynes gave members a good laugh during the year raising $300 for the RFDS. David Steadman, Chemmart, matched this amount at the annual meeting.

The club was also very active in the promotion of four wheel driving in the community with a float in the annual Christmas parade, putting the four wheel driver’s perspective on the Lucindale Area School’s project on “Four Wheel Driving and the effects on the environment”.

Members manned the gates and promoted the club at the Naracoorte Show and the Rotary 4WD expo, did track clearing at the Coorong National Park and did marshalling at the Moorex Sprint Rally.

Guest speaker at the annual meeting was Wayne Hevey, CEO of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, and his wife Diane. Wayne spoke on the future directionof 4wding and the need to work ever closer with parks and government bodies.

The club executive for 2016/17 is: president Peter Flavel; vice-president David Steadman, secretary Jackie Muecke, treasurer Ray Hillier, trips coordinator Eric Matters and catering Lew Haynes.

Club meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the anglers clubrooms, Park Tce, start with a sausage sizzle at 6pm and meeting from 7pm.

Show letter disappointsI am writing in regards to L J Brown’s letter “Show a disappointment” in last week’s Herald.

Firstly, not only is your letter incredibly critical, but extremely negative as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but why would you choose to insult whilst pulling a community event to pieces?

There are many people involved with putting on such a community event and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there were still many people voluntarily involved to help the weekend run for the benefit of our community.

Secondly, since when was the attitude that if something is poorly, we should perhaps forego it? This year was the 153rdannual Naracoorte Show, and I can’t think of another local event that has been running near that length of time or has more tradition and involvement of Naracoorte’s history associated with it.

No, I am a strong believer that if you don’t like the way something is done in your own backyard, you jump in, boots and all, and offer your help, not sit back and throw stones. Perhaps, L J Brown, you might consider contacting the organising committee to see what you can do to impact this event in a positive way.


Should mining continue?Should mining continue? Should we continue mining coal to keep power costs down and so protect our standard of living? Or should we stop mining coal to safeguard the environment and so protect our standard of living?

What does “standard of living” mean anyway? What is “living” for? What are human beings for? What does — and what doesn’t — constitute “being human”? Can we summon up the energy to find out and perhaps do something?

ARNOLD JAGO,Nichols Point.


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No joy in War Veterans’ cricket

SHOWING HIS STYLE: Cameron Milne carried his bat for Gunnedah on Sunday before the hosts sank to a three-wicket loss against Inverell in the War Veterans’ Cup cricket match.AN unbeaten half-century from Cameron Milne and a four-wicket haul from Brad Jenkinson weren’t quite enough for Gunnedah as Inverell recorded a three-wicket win in Sunday’s War Veterans’Cup cricket match at Wolseley Park.
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Milne carried his bat as he scored 53 in a modest total of 129 before the visitors overcame the odd stutter to win relatively comfortably.

The result nonetheless was much more respectable than the 100-run loss that Gunnedah suffered against Narrabri a fortnight earlier, before Inverell slaughtered Narrabri by 179 runs the following weekend.

After being asked to bat first, Gunnedah crumbled to 4-24 in the 10th over after the first and third wickets fell to run-outs.

A prolific wicket-taker in recent weeks, Jaidon Tasker didn’t take any wickets this time but he produced a great throw to run out Jenkinson with a direct hit.

Gunnedah’s position would have worsened had Milne not survived a confident appeal for caught behind as a 54-run fifth wicket partnership unfolded.

Adam McGuirk scored 23 before Sam Doubleday scored 18, and the last five wickets fell for 21 runs as Gunnedah was all out with the fourth ball of the 49th over.

Kyle Chilcott was the best of Inverell’s bowlers with 4-23 while Lex Livermore and Michael Kenny took two wickets each.

Like the hosts, the visitors also fell to 2-5, before the dismissal of Kenny for 21 left Inverell a little shaky at 4-76.

Opening batsman Dave Mudaliar held the innings together as he scored 56, having brought up his half-century with one of his three fours.

Mudaliar found good support from John Krauss before Jenkinson struck twice in three balls as Inverell was 12 runs shy of victory.

Jenkinson also claimed a wicket when the scores were level, and he finished with 4-26 from nine overs as Alex Smith hitthe winning run from the final ball of the 35th over.

Krauss remained unbeaten on 24.

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Joining the fight

GESTURE: Prostate Cancer Support Group committee members and survivors, Chris Beckhaus and Barry Hazelgrove with Tegra Australia group general manager, Geoff Bunn. Young branch of Tegra Australia has joined in the fight against prostate cancer by raising awareness and funds for the local prostate cancer support group.
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On purchasing a new truck recently the quarry and concrete business saw the opportunity to support a local charity and felt the Prostate Cancer Support Group Young to be appropriate.

The concrete mixer has since been sign written with the iconic blue ribbon symbolising their support for the charity, and will in turn donate $1 per metre cubed of concrete delivered from this particular truck.

Group general manager of Tegra Australia, Geoff Bunn, said the business is proud to be in a position to support the worthy group.

He said it’s a way for the community to indirectly give back to a local organisation.

“We decided we’d support a local group somehow and decided the best would be this one considering it’s predominately a male-orientated industry,” Geoff said.

“You know how men are about their health –as far as health’s concerned there’s never anything wrong with us, and when there is we don’t like to admit it. So we’re encouraging men to be more proactive in their health.”

Local prostate cancer survivors, Chris Beckhaus and Barry Hazelgrove, said the gesture will raise awareness of the illness that is estimated to claim the lives of3,398males in Australia this year.

“By this truck being driven around town we hope to make men more aware of it and have regular check-ups,” Barry said.“On behalf of Young Prostate Cancer Support Group we’d like to thank Tegra very much for their support.”

The pair used this opportunity to remind men of the importance of regular check-ups.

“We recommend men have their annual PSA test–it only takes a couple of minutes,” Chris said.

Further to support local men’s health The Rotary Club of Young will be hosting a free men’s health forum at the Young Services Club on Tuesday, November 8 from 6.30pm.Also supporting the night will be the Prostate Cancer Support Group Young, Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network Inc, and guest speakers Dr Ray Stanton, Dr Tom Douch, Christine Britton and Jeremy Godwin.

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The WA Brekkie BlogMonday, October 31, 2016

Good morning! Here areyour headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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Let down: Yarloop residents want the Yarloop Primary School to open in 2017. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

YARLOOP:Yarloop’s children played in theirschoolplayground for the first time on Friday since the devastating fires that gutted Yarloop in January. However, it wasn’t due to the school reopening, but as a protest against the Department of Education’s decision to keep Yarloop Primary School closed. Read more.

BINNINGUP: The boat belonging to a missing Binningupfisherman has been washed up on a beach between Lancelin and Cervantes, 200km north of Perth.Jeff Doyleset out from Bunbury on an overnight fishing trip on Monday, October 17. Read more.

MANDURAH:A Greenfieldsman will face court on Tuesday after being charged with a string of offences related to stolen property and weapons. Read more.

COLLIE:The Collie to Allanson Footpath, now the Karak (Red Tail)Trail, had its official opening celebrations on Saturday. Read more.

MANDURAH:Alarming new government figures have revealed Mandurah’s jobless rate has almost doubled since January. Read more.

Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

Tathra Wharf closure policy reviewed, relaxed

Proposed new signage for Tathra and Merimbula Wharves.
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The council is relaxing its approach to closing the shire’s two main wharves when poor weather is forecast.

The decision is part of an independent review of how BVSCmanages risks associated with marine infrastructure.

The review follows concern inside and outside the organisation around the automatic closure of Tathra and Merimbula Wharves when significant weather and ocean conditions are forecast.

The procedures in place up until now have been undertaken with community safety in mind, and come from a deep welfare concern that reflects the potential dangers these structures present and their history.

Following legal and insurance advice new signage will be erected soon highlighting the dangers andadvisingthe public not to use the Wharves during hazardous weather and surf conditions.

The signage will also direct people to the Bureau of Meteorology website for updated weather information.

Nina Churchward, BVSC executive manager of organisational structure and governance, said the practise of automatically closing these popular spots will stop once the new signage is in place and while the review is completed.

“We understand that the community has been dissatisfied with the approach we have taken in the past, this review will help us better meet those expectations while also properly managing the exposure to risk we manage on behalf of ratepayers,” Ms Churchward said.

The full scope of the review takes in all the Shire’s wharves, jetties, pontoons and boat ramps, which have a current replacement value of over $13million.

“Risk and insurance matters are increasingly difficult to manage for councils around NSW, and as a council charged with managing one of the longest stretches of coastline in the state we face unique pressures,” Ms Churchward said.

“We are hoping that the interim measures now in place, will become permanent once the review is complete which should be before the end of the year.”

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Cassidy reaches next level

Ready to compete: Cassidy Ercole, 15, is flying to France to compete in the Elite Gym Massilia from Friday, November 11. Picture: Anna WarrFor Cassidy Ercole, gymnastics is a full-time job.
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She can easily complete more than 30 hours of training a week,alongside school.

But all those hours are paying off as Cassidy’s discipline, determination and competitive results have proved she’s ready for the next level –her first international competition.

The 15-year-old Sydney West Gymsports student is headed to Marseille, France,to join Australia’s junior team atthe Elite Gym Massilia. It’s one of the world’s best invitational gymnastics competitions.

She was selected after trialling against all age-eligible gymnasts in Australia –a long waiting game.

“Before the first day [of trials] I felt really nervous and then the second day I felt better, I knew all the stuff I had to do,” Cassidy said.

Running through her routines on floor, vault, bars and beam at the trials,she proved she was ready for selection.

Her coach Belinda Vine, owner of Sydney West Gymsports, said that Cassidy was ready for the big step up.

Ms Vine is also travelling to Marseille with Cassidy as a team coach.

“It’s quite a high-standing international competition in Marseille,” Ms Vine said.

“We’re there for a week adjusting to different timezones and training on the equipment, andbeing part of an Australian team as opposed to [Cassidy’s] usual high-performance program, working with the national coach.”

The competition starts on Friday, November 11 and concludes Sunday 13.

Cassidy’s focus is on enjoying her first appearance onthe international scene –a chance toget used to competing overseas.

“For my first international competition it’s just about experience, not really any medals,” she said.

Success in this competition will be all about working as part of the Australian national team.

It will also be a chance to witnessfirst-hand the level ofcompetition Cassidy will face as a senior next year.

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