Dubbo swim instructor the best in the state

Karen Martin with her NSW Austswim Teacher of Adults award and the RSL Health Club’s NSW Water Safety Awards Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety with a Focus on Inclusive Practice award. Photo: GREG KEEN Karen Martin with her NSW Austswim Teacher of Adults award and the RSL Health Club’s NSW Water Safety Awards Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety with a Focus on Inclusive Practice award. Photo: GREG KEEN.
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Karen Martin with her NSW Austswim Teacher of Adults award and the RSL Health Club’s NSW Water Safety Awards Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety with a Focus on Inclusive Practice award. Photo: GREG KEEN.

Karen Martin with her NSW Austswim Teacher of Adults award and the RSL Health Club’s NSW Water Safety Awards Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety with a Focus on Inclusive Practice award. Photo: GREG KEEN.

Swimming and gym instructor Karen Martin at the Dubbo RSL Aquatic and Health Club has been awarded the winner of the NSW Austswim Teacher of Adults award.

Last week Ms Martin was presented with the award for the best adult swimming instructor in the state at a ceremony in Sydney.

The award was decided from a collection of nominations from RSL Aquatic and Health Club clients.

A number of her fans expressed their congratulations on the RSL’s Facebook page.

One person commented: “Congratulations on your award Karen”.

“You are an amazing, compassionate and truly inspiring women, and a truly wonderful person who deserves so many good things.

“So happy to hear of this award you’ve received.”

Ms Martin responded humbly to these comments with her own: “Thanks to everyone for the beautiful comments.”

“I am very humbled by what you all have said.

“I am extremely lucky to love what I do and to be able to teach many amazing people.”

The NSW Austswim Teacher of Adults award is Ms Martin’s second award, after she won the 2012 NSW Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety of the Year.

But she insists the awards do not mean half as much to her as teaching someone to swim.

“I don’t do it for the awards, I love being able to show people how to stay safe in the water,” she said.

This is the second year running the health club has won the award – fellow instructor Katherine Bernard won the title last year.

The RSL Health Club also won the NSW Water Safety Awards Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety with a Focus on Inclusive Practice award.

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Jodi Picoult: What I know about men

What I Know About Men
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Jodi Picoult, 48, Author

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My dad, Myron, has always been a terrific role model. By going to night school to get his degree in business – and going on to become one of the best-known security analysts on Wall Street – he established how much work and drive it takes to be successful. But as much as he was a professional when he was at work, at home he was goofy, funny. He would talk in a Donald Duck voice, and he played with his kids all the time – and he’d later do that with his grandkids too. I imagine he used his daily two-hour commute from Long Island to Wall Street to sleep and decompress, because when he came back to us he was entirely ours. He didn’t bring his work home with him at all.

I suppose dad did become a template in my mind of what a partner should be like, because I wanted someone who loved what they did and was endlessly devoted to their family like my dad. Another thing my younger brother, Jon, and I got to see every day was his devotion to my mom, Jane. For my dad, the sun rises and sets on my mother. That was the relationship I had modelled for me my whole life. They don’t just love each other, they are completely in love with each other. I wanted that.

My brother was the very typical younger brother who was too young and geeky to be my friend. Three-and-a-half years younger than me, he is so unbelievably talented and smart, but back then he got his share of ribbing from me and my friends. But he really grew into himself the four years I was in college, and we soon connected again. It was like he was a different person. He has a very dry wit and we do enjoy each other’s company, and I’m really grateful to him. I think it’s great to have a sibling, especially when you want to complain about your parents.

I’ve always got along very well with guys. I had a boyfriend through high school and a number of great male friends, including one of my best friends, Harry  – who I saw just last week actually – and a guy, Jay, who lived with us for his final year of high school when his parents moved away. He was dating my best friend and was just a buddy. These guys offered much less drama than my girl friends. Girls get all wrapped up in drama and it’s exhausting. Guys tell you exactly what’s on their mind, and usually there’s no hidden agenda. I really appreciated that.

In college I was the only girl on the men’s heavyweight rowing crew. I had literally 30 big – very big – brothers in college. My husband of 25 years, Tim [Van Leer], was the captain of the team, while I was the manager. He was a year ahead of me and we were good friends at first, while I was dating a boy on the basketball team and he was dating a woman on the female rowing team. We’d pal around together but there was nothing romantic between us. But after my boyfriend broke up with me, devastating me, Tim heard about it and called me in my dorm and invited me to visit him in Cape Cod where he was working. I said, “OK, how about this weekend?” I just wanted to get off campus so I wouldn’t have to see my ex any more. And so I went to go visit him in Cape Cod. Well, he was waiting for me at the airport – having driven there in a red Mustang convertible – and he was wearing a suit because he came from the office, and he was holding a red rose. He’s incredibly good looking and when I saw him I was sunk. That weekend we were not just friends. When I came back to school I came back to find my boyfriend who’d broken up with me waiting in my room, sobbing. He said he made a mistake. But I stayed with Tim – I’d fallen hard – and two years later we were engaged.

Tim is different from me in almost every way. He is incredibly athletic, unbelievably fit and outdoorsy, and he grew up on a farm. So he’s taught me things like how to change a tyre and how to feed a donkey! A WASP of the first order – he can trace his lineage to the Mayflower, Tim is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. He is someone who roots enthusiastically for the underdog. He’s interesting that way. If you meet him, you think here’s a guy who has everything going for him. He should be a tough guy, a bully or a jock. But that’s not who he is. I think that’s because he was born cross-eyed, and spent the first seven years of his life like that, having surgeries. I think that made him realise that everyone doesn’t have it easy, and I think that formed his character.

Having children makes you see the world through their eyes and I’ve found that with my three – Samantha, 19, Jake, 21, and Kyle, 23. Part of the responsibility of being a parent of boys is to have a conversation with them – and I’m thinking of the college hook-up scene here that people of my generation find hard to understand. We teach girls that they matter, to not give yourself away for nothing, to make sure a guy really likes you, to not get yourself in trouble. But the way a girl gets into “trouble” is through a guy. So it’s important to have a conversation with your sons as well. To say it is your responsibility to value women and to treat them the way you would want your daughter to be treated. I don’t think a lot of moms do that with boys. I think there’s more of a tendency to be protective of our daughters but not educate our sons.

Jodi Picoult’s new novel Leaving Time will be published on October 14 by Allen & Unwin.

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Edwards: Ambulance times unacceptable

Maree Edwards.
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MEMBER forBendigo West Maree Edwardssays leaked ambulance response times show the government is failing Loddon Malleeresidents.

Fairfax Media reported on Thursday that in many parts of the state, Ambulance Victoria wasfailing on its target to get to 90 per cent of patients within 15 minutes of receiving a call.

The data revealed that in general, people living in rural areas waited longer for ambulances than their metropolitan counterparts.

It revealed that inthe Loddon region, ambulances reached 90 per cent of patients within 27.3 minutes of receiving a call.

Ms Edwards said the state’s ambulance service was under-funded and had been in decline since the government came to power four years ago.

“We’ve called on the government to invest more in resourcing ambulances in regional Victoria,” she said. “This is data Denis Napthine tried to keep secret and now we know why.”

Ms Edwards would not comment on whether the Labor Party would provide additional funding to Ambulance Victoria if elected.

Bendigo paramedic and United Voice union member Brett Adie said Bendigo was in need of at least one more 24-hour ambulance crew in April.

But Health Minister David Davis saidthe data showed there was an improvement on ambulance response times and the government had improved on an number of other key performance measures.

He said the government had hired 539 new paramedics in the state since 2010.

-With The Age

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Western Plains Security and Locksmiths Dubbo a finalist in WorkCover awards

WESTERN Plains Security and Locksmiths Dubbo was announced as a finalist in the 2014 WorkCover NSW Safe Work Awards.
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They are one of three businesses in the running for the Best workplace health and safety practices in small business award.

Vivek Bhatia WorkCover NSW Chief Executive Officer said this year’s awards have received the highest number of entries since its formation in 2004.

“The annual awards, now in its 11th year, recognises businesses and individuals and making positive changes to work health and safety, workers compensation, and return to work,” he said.

“This year’s finalists were from a range of industries and included safety innovations such as automated tie-down straps, web and mobile risk management applications, and simple and effective solutions for monitoring a vehicle’s risk of rolling.”

Mr Bhatia said the participating businesses should be applauded for their efforts: “These finalists will become safety ambassadors and raise the bar for workplace health and safety among their industry peers.”

The 26 finalists were selected from 176 entries across the state – a number that Mr Bhatia said is encouraging for workplace safety practices.

“The volume of entries received this year reflects that more and more workplaces are encouraging everyone to accept responsibility for their own health and safety as well as their colleagues,” he said.

The finalists will be judged by a panel consisting of representatives from WorkCover, employers and workers and the awards will be presented at the end of the month.

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James Cummings’ Hallowed Crown out to underline value in Roman Consul Stakes

Under no illusions: James Cummings knows just how good Golden Rose-winning colt Hallowed Crown is. Photo: Wolter Peeters Under no illusions: James Cummings knows just how good Golden Rose-winning colt Hallowed Crown is. Photo: Wolter Peeters
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Under no illusions: James Cummings knows just how good Golden Rose-winning colt Hallowed Crown is. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Under no illusions: James Cummings knows just how good Golden Rose-winning colt Hallowed Crown is. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Each adjective James Cummings uses to describe Hallowed Crown is more deliberate than the next. Painstakingly pointing out how good the Golden Rose winner is — and in turn hinting can be at stud — while subtly referring to the minor flaws in the colt’s near faultless make-up.

“Eduardo Cojuangco [Cummings’ grandfather-in-law who races Hallowed Crown under the Gooree Stud banner] has been breeding this family for many years — a lot longer than I’ve been training this horse individually — and he’s extremely happy that this is the path we’re taking,” Cummings points out of the Zoustar model he’ll adopt before Saturday’s Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick.

“And I think the horse is brilliant enough to be trained to sprint and sprint well enough in the spring. He’s an immature spring three-year-old, but he’s naturally talented enough, brilliant enough and precocious enough in his own right to be the first group1-winning colt of his generation.”

And despite sealing a stallion future with the very first group1 he has crossed off his list as a trainer, Cummings’ young shoulders are not feeling the weight of the racing world. At least not yet.

“You can’t stop and take too much time to think, you’ve got to keep the ball rolling,” Cummings said. “There will be plenty of pressure on us to get him to race up to that standard again next start [in the Roman Consul] and hopefully come to another peak in a race like the Coolmore [Stud Stakes].”

That Cummings, a group1 novice when lined up against his grandfather and co-trainer Bart, a veteran of 267 wins at the top level, is navigating a trail blazed by Chris Waller and Zoustar last year is no coincidence.

Even to the horror Golden Rose alleys and wide passages they traversed in that race, there’s more than a little synergy between the two than just the Roman Consul-Coolmore plans after a career-defining win.

Cummings is quick to suggest Hallowed Crown’s stud duties are already set in stone after the Golden Rose. Preserving — or perhaps more poignantly — increasing his value?

“Well, to a certain extent his value is cemented and that main job is done,” he said. “What I’ve got to do is concentrate on my horse, stick to the systems and I can’t let the result worry me.

“I’ve just got to get the horse to train well and race up to his training. The rest will fall into place.

“He’s got to beat the seven other horses that are nominated in the race and we all watch racing every day of the week. A favourite gets beaten every day. It can happen and there’s only one horse I’ve seen that it doesn’t happen to.

“He certainly has showed us enough to suggest we’re not expecting anything less than a very, very good performance from him on Saturday.”

It will certainly take a very, very good performance from any of Hallowed Crown’s five rivals to defy Hugh Bowman from returning to scale a winner for Gooree, who are hoping to end the week on a better note than it started when one-time Epsom favourite Rock Sturdy went amiss.

Waller perhaps poses the biggest hurdle with Brazen Beau and Delectation entered, while Gerald Ryan boasts stakes-winning two-year-old Time For War, which pushed Rubick in a Rosehill trial on Tuesday.

So can Hallowed Crown win in the same arrogant manner as his Rose predecessor did last year?

“I watched the replay the other day and I know it’s impossible to judge because you’ve got to compare the horses Zoustar beat to what I have to beat on the weekend,” Cummings said.

“Nostradamus and Klammer are some nice horses and there are some horses around that have the ability to beat him if everything goes wrong. It’s a truism, but the reality is we’re concentrating on the horse and he’s as good as we can have him.”

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