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Shaken, not stirred

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FROM boarding school in Bendigo to mixing cocktails on Lizard Island in Queensland, Zoe Burnett, 26, loves the challenge of exploring new flavour combinations in the drinks she creates.
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MIXING IT UP: The Black Stump Bistro’s cocktail mixologist Zoe Burnett is a woman of many talents, who continues to concoct new drinks while she studies human services and social work at La Trobe University’s Mildura campus.Picture: Clancy Shipsides

In fact, she’s a “mixologist” who is determined to bring new life to the bar scene in Mildura.

Zoe learnt her trade from one of the best in the business at the Lizard Island Resort.

“Daniel Hutchins-Reid travelled the world as a bartender/mixologist and mentored me for my first six months at the resort,” Zoe said.

“The term ‘mixology’ is used to describe the move from bartending to the more creative aspect of cocktail mixing, drawing inspiration from more than just spirits.”

Zoe followed her beau, Ryan Locke, a sous chef from Lizard Island, when he teamed up again with Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar in Mildura two years ago.

“I started work with Jim as a food waitress and soon moved into the beverage side of the business,” she said.

“Now my work within the food and wine business has moved me in the direction of following my passion for creating new and enticing drink sensations at The Black Stump Bistro in the iconic Settlers building in Eighth Street.

“Being able to create something that has an amazing taste and then be able to ‘open the minds’ of the consumers to something that’s out of the norm has been my long-time interest and challenge,” she said.

Zoe recalled mixing her first cocktail at Graystanes Manor, an upmarket restaurant in Bendigo.

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MEGA GALLERY: WA news in picturesAugust 15, 2014

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MEGA GALLERY: WA news in pictures | August 15, 2014 A train derailment on August 11, half a kilometre from the CBH Dalwallinu site. Photo by Albert Sluik.
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Madeleine and Gabrielle McFerran with an artwork in the gardens. Photo: Charli Newton/Mandurah Mail.

Dudley Park was in lockdown after an armed man refused to surrender to police. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Dudley Park was in lockdown after an armed man refused to surrender to police. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Dudley Park was in lockdown after an armed man refused to surrender to police. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Dudley Park was in lockdown after an armed man refused to surrender to police. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Dudley Park was in lockdown after an armed man refused to surrender to police. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Pinjarra’s Tom Harper goes in hard in his side’s win over Halls Head in the PFL. Photo: Catherine Botman/Mandurah Mail.

Frederick Irwin Anglican School students will perform at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday. Photo: Brianna Johnson/Mandurah Mail.

Mandurah mother Margaret Dodd with the plaque for her daughter Hayley at the Mandurah Missing Person’s Memorial. Photo: Brianna Johnson/Mandurah Mail.

Assumption Catholic Primary School year six students with their cow, Barbie Q. Photo: Brianna Johnson/Mandurah Mail.

A truck driver was lucky to escape injury when his semi-trailer rolled near Pinjarra on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Local stonemason Nick Lukacs travels to Christmas Island to restore an important part of Australian history. Photo: Amy Martin/Mandurah Mail.

Steve McManus is offering suspended coffees from his Smart Street Mall café. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

A Mandurah man has spoken out after being bashed by a group of “cowards”. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Black Dog Ride WA state ride coordinator and prominent Busselton resident Les James passed away during a leg of the ride on Monday. Pictured with Fennessy’s of Busselton general manager Steve Wilks ahead of the ride accepting the donated support vehicle. Photo: Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

Busselton resident Tori Dugan will be heading to Canada to take on a four-year basketball scholarship. Photo: Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

The Legacy on Geographe received a much needed shed from Bunnings in Busselton. Photo: Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

Busselton Toyota held a special awards night. Pictured Jacob Wright, Angus Holloway, Lauren Clohessy, Brad Bornatici and Brod Doust. Photo: Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

Bus driver Jason Colbung, Carole Llewellyn, Nigel Inglis, Nyssa Bader, Colin McIntosh, Kuranda Cooney, Tania Lucas, Ian McClure and Paul Buswell. MAX Employment were recognised for their innovative approach to regional servicing, which includes an outreach program covering 1100 kilometres a fortnight, engaging work experience activities and the launch of a bus which transports job seekers to work experience activities. Photo: Timothy Williams/Avon Valley Advocate.

Mandurah basketballer Chad Simpson is one step closer of achieving his dream of playing professional basketball after he flew-out to the USA. Photo: Andrew King/Mandurah Mail.

Rail safety ambassador Jonathan Beninca, left, with train driver John Higgins at Clontarf Northam on Wednesday discussing the importance of railway safety. Photo: Timothy Williams/Avon Valley Advocate.

Childside Family Learning Association students Aaron Ternent, Jessica Lawler, Caitlin Ternent, Bryce Lanigan and Zackary McDonald with calves Amigo and Gemini. The students excelled in the recent Cows Create Careers program awards. Photo: Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail.

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Hectic debut for State Age girls

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EXCITING: Lithgow Open State Age star Tiarne Day.
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THE Lithgow State League netball side took part inthe first round of the Netball NSW, GraincorpWest/Central West Region State League competitionin Orange.

The second round will be played tomorrow andthe Lithgow side will be looking to improve ontheir results from round 1.

Round 1

It was a hectic day with Lithgow playing sixgames on the day that included Forbes, Orange No2, Bathurst, Dubbo, Mudgee and Orange No 1.

It was tough going against the bigger associationsand although they failed to win a game, theywere very competitive losing games by the barestof margins.

The Lithgow team consisted of TiarneDay, Connie Edwards, Jessica Heath, Olivia Kay,Rebecca Manton, Emma McEwen, Suzy Morris,Abigail Northey, Kellie Rochester, Renee Scheurer,Bethany Thurlow and Kristy Wilson.

The officials were Suzy Morris (coach),Kimberley Pattison (manager), Paula Dowsett(Primary Carer) and Kim Heath (timekeeper/scorer).

Second round

The second round of the competition will beheld tomorrow (Sunday, August 17) in Orange andthe Association wishes the team and officials allthe best.

Nominations

Nominations are being colled for the statechampionships for players and officials.

Nominations for the Under 17, 21 and underand Open Divisions for the Netball NSW StateChampionships that will be held between June 6and 8, 2015 and hosted by Illawarra District NetballAssociation.

The Association is also seeking nominations forthe positions of coach, manager, primary carer forthe representative teams and for the position ofsenior representative co-ordinator.

Player and official nominations open today(August 16) and will close on September 6 at 4.30pm with nomination forms available from theoffice or accessible from the Association’s website:www.lithgowna.nsw.netball南京夜网.au.

Award Nominations

The LDNA is calling for Award Nominations forthe 2014 season for junior and senior members forumpiring, service to netball, WISA JuniorConsistent Endeavour Award, Jodie JohnstonSportsmanship Award and the Easyview BlindsSportsmanship Award.

The nomination forms can be accessed fromthe Association’s website or from the office onSaturday.

The nominations close on 16 August at 4:30 pmand nomination forms are to be returned to theoffice.

Junior and SeniorPresentations

The Junior Presentation for Divisions 3, 4 and 5will be conducted on Grand-final day which is onSaturday, September 6.

The Senior presentation for Divisions 1, 2A and2B will be held on Saturday, September 13 at theBistro 1888 at the Grand Central Hotel, commencingat 6.30 pm.

The cost is $30 per person for a two course mealand we ask our members to purchase their ticketsby August 30.

Tickets can be purchased from the office duringthe Saturday competition.

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Bendigo Fighting Miners eye grand prize

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THE Bendigo Fighting Miners will chase a third-straight premiership when they tackle the Maroondah Griffins in the Victorian Rugby Union Division 2B grand final on Saturday.
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SUCCESS: The Bendigo Fighting Miners’ 2013 premiership team.

The Miners, sponsored by Keech Australia, will go into the finals as underdogs, but not without confidence.

The Miners are the only team to beat flag favouriteMaroondah this year.

The two teams have met three times this season, with the Griffins winning twice.

Maroondah features a strong forward pack, an excellent playmaker at five-eighth and a good counter-attacking back three.

Bendigo has received a setback in its bid to defend its crown, with the withdrawal of Ale Liliva and Fareni Moefaauo from the team.

Liliva has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained in last week’s preliminary final. He will most likely be replaced by Brad Rieri in the starting line-up. Moefaauo’s withdrawal will cause a re-arrangement of the backline.

On a brighter note, prop Matt Roughley has passed a concussion test and will play.

Victory on Saturday would give the Miners their 14th premiership in the club’s 44-year history.

It took 12 years for the Miners to win their first flag in 1982 with a team featuring three of the club’s four “immortals” – Doug Ross, Rauna Murray and Bill Coulter.

Since then, the Miners have added another 12 premierships, giving the club a strike rate of nearly 40 per cent, with 13 premierships in 33 years.

Saturday’s grand final will be played at Sparks Reserve in Box Hill from 11.15am.

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Region at risk without rain

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WITH rain in the forecast, farmers would have good reason to celebrate this weekend. It may take some good falls to regenerate the moisture needed for spring.
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Leader for Coastal and Temperate Pasture Systems for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Lester McCormick said the deficit in stored water leaves this region at risk if dry conditions persist.

Despite good planning, balancing planting against the drought can be an uphill battle.

“Now, unless I’ve got a got a good rainfall and stored it in the summer of ’12, most fallows don’t have even the moisture to consider sowing an annual forage crop this summer.

Mr McCormick said he has heard croppers on the plains with fallows are confronting tough soil moisture levels with only 40 and 100cm of stored soil water.

“And that’s not very much for two years. Whereas, if you’re in a perennial pasture system, or a system where you haven’t fallowed for very long, or you have an oat crop, you haven’t got any soil water yet. It’s used it all.

He said evaluation of rainfall history shows that if this region does not receive average rainfall in summer, than the rest of the year will likely be below average. It also means that many producers in northern NSW do not have the reserves of stored feed or standing dry feed.

“And this year has certainly shown that we didn’t receive anywhere near average summer rainfall and that story has held true in that we don’t have reasonable rainfall this season,” Mr McCormick said.

“So at this point in time, we’re extremely vulnerable if we don’t have spring rain, because we’re going to have no continued growth.”

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Gold Gumnut for Tathra tourist park

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Tathra Beach Family Park co-owner Frankie J Holden is presented with a Gold Gumnut at the Caravan and Camping Industry Association (CCIA) state conference by CCIA NSW president Theo Whitmont.NEWS of more gold in Tathra is making waves in the seaside town.
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After Friday’s report of the Tathra Preschool’s gold star with a National Quality Standard “exceeding” rating, it was also revealed the Tathra Beach Family Park has its own gold medal announcement.

The park has been awarded the industry’s GoldGumnuteco certification for dedication and outstanding achievements in environmentally sustainable initiatives.

TheGumnutAwards serve as an eco-rating program for the caravan and camping industry.

The industry recognised Tathra’s initiatives in energy saving such as installing energy efficient barbecues throughout the park, the creation of an annual van precinct resulting in improved energy efficiency and the reduction of car movement in the park.

Park manager Carmen Risby was delighted at the announcement.

“Wow! We are thrilled that the industry has recognised our efforts towards sustainability through this award,” she said.

“We are absolutely committed to improving our environment, and I think this award is testimony to this mission.

“I also think this proves that no matter how small your business or household, you can make a difference.

“We are so very glad that our little park is making a difference,” Ms Risby said.

Carmen said there is more work to come with over 1000 native and indigenous species of trees and plants to be planted in the next 12 months.

“We will continue to work hard on our energy-saving initiatives and waste reduction measures to reduce our environmental footprint.”

Park co-owner Frankie J Holden was present at the awards ceremony to accept the award on behalf of Tathra Beach Family Park.

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Magnificent birds of prey

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SPEED DEMON: The Peregrine falcon. Picture by JIM THOMSONI was taking my wifefor lunch last week and we were a bit early, so I popped in to visit a property north of Maitland that I go to on occasions.
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It turned out to be very interesting, notably for the birds of prey present.

The first I spotted was a Kestrel hovering,hunting for food on the ground.

Then as I moved round the property there was a commotion of plovers attacking something on the ground, which I soon realised was a Marsh Harrier.

It was getting bombarded by plovers and it was obvious that it had attacked plover chicks. I managed to get a few shots of the plovers attacking but they are too soft to keep, but I did get a nice shot of the bird as it swept round.

Just then a bird swept past me at high speed – what was that? – too big for a Kestrel. Fortunately I spotted it again heading for a dead tree on a hill with mum and I in close pursuit in the 4WD.

We approached the tree slowly,getting the car into a position that would give me good light.

The Peregrine appeared to take no notice of me and it would seem that this bird is easier to approach than some of the other birds of prey.

IN FLIGHT: The marsh harrier. Pictures by JIM THOMSON

Over the next 15 minutes it dived down onto the ground picking up small prey and returning to the same perch each time, allowing me to get a number of shots.

For many centuries the Peregrine Falcon has been a symbol of speed.

It swoops on its panic stricken prey at speeds of more than 300km/h and will kill any small bird that flies in the open.

The Peregrine Falconswoops on its prey from above and catches it with its talons, or strikes it with a foot so that the bird is stunned and falls to the ground.

It also attacks birds larger than itself hanging onto the prey as it drops to the ground, it then plucks its prey before lifting off to a more sheltered spot.

SPEED DEMON: The Peregrine falcon. Picture by JIM THOMSON

This particular bird was more than likely one of a pair that has been nesting in the Maitland area for some time.

The nesting spot is known but extremely hard to approach.

The Marsh Harrier is common in our area, not only in the Maitland area but is often seen in the Newcastle wetlands, its hunting style is always low to the ground, sweeping over reeds etc and taking its prey by surprise.

After all that it was time to take my wife for lunch.

A great day.

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Looking to go deep in play-off’s

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Captain coach Sam Hill.
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THE Lithgow Zig Zag Women’s hockey teamfaces one of their biggest games to date whenthey travel to Bathurst to play in the WesternPremier League preliminary final.

They will be up against the strong BathurstSouths combination and will be looking toreproduce the sort of form that saw them knockover third placed Bathurst City last week.

A win will see them produce their best resultsfor a season since joining the premier league anumber of years ago.

Sam Hill said: “It is good that we have madethe semi finals, but it is just starting.

“We are not here to make up the numbersand are keen to go as far as we can in the playoffs.

“We have a good side with our younger girlsnow having plenty of experience and we will begiving it our best crack.”

The game will get underway at 3.20pm whilethe other semi final will see Parkes United upagainst Bathurst City.

Minor premiers Lithgow Panthers who wentthrough the season undefeated will have theweek off and wait to see who they will play in themajor semi.

It has been a good effort by Zig Zag who losttheir coach mid season, but battled on with captaincoach Sam Hill taking over the positionwith the help of assistants Jana Winnard andDana Pottinger.

Managing the side is Tracey Dewar, assistedby Jim Wilkins.

The side that defeated Bathurst City 4-3 lastweek will be further strengthened by the returnof Country NSW players Clare Bosman andShannon Legge.

The full Zig Zag squad will be: goalie KimNorthey, Amy Dewar, Clare Bosman, EmilyWilliams, Jess Harris, Tegan Walsh, KatieWilkins, Kate Young< Keely Hunter, LilyPottinger, Millie Leard, Ngaire Unsworth, SamHill, Shannon Legge, Tracey Baker and NatalieMcCarten.

Two of the big pluses for the Ziggies side thisyear is the return of Kate Young who has beenaway from Lithgow for a couple of years and herstrong defence has been invaluable.

The other plus is Keely Hunter who debutedwith the club this year. Keely is one of the bestplayers in premier league and her work both onthe field and off helping out the coaches at thebreak has been great.

Zig Zag boast a number of talented playersthat boast representative honours at the highestlevel, namely Millie Leard, Clare Bosman,Shannon Legge, Emily Williams, Keely Hunter,Natalie McCarten, Katie Wilkins and LilliePottinger who have all played big matches fortheir respective representative teams.

They also have a lot of experienced playersthat steady the ship and keep the team goingforward – they are Jess Harris, Ngaire Unsworth,Tracey Baker and Sam Hill and at the back theyhave arguably one of the best goalkeepers inpremier league Kim Northey.

It is a long way off, but local fans would loveto see an all Lithgow grand final and if both thePanthers and Ziggies play to their full potential,it could be a reality.

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Narooma agriculture students visit Tilba dairy: Photos

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Narooma agriculture students visit Tilba dairy: Photos BESSIE COW: Charles and Robyn get the Narooma High ag students to identify the parts of a cow on Daisy the brown Swiss as part of Cows Create Careers
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STUDENTS ARRIVE: Farm dogs greet the students as they arrive on Sherringham Farm.

SHED LESSON: The agriculture students get ready for their first lesson on cow parts.

COW PARTS: Student Dylan Trindall pins the cow part label on Bessie the brown Swiss cow.

FLY THE GOAT: Fly the goat was great entertainment during the farm tour.

FARM TALK: Dairy farmer Robyn Lucas talks to the students about poddy calves.

PODDY CALVES: These poddy calves will become future milkers on Sherringham farm.

OFF TO MILK: The students head into the milking shed.

WITH THE PODDIES: Student Dakota Hine checks out poddy calves on Sherringham Farm.

FLY GOAT: Fly the goat gets a feed of dates – her favourite!

FLY GOAT: Fly the goat gets a feed of dates – her favourite!

MILKING SHED: Dairy farmer Robyn Lucas shows the Narooma High students around the milking shed.

MILK MOUSTACHES: These Year 7 students show off their milk moustaches after trying the farm fresh milk.

BUSY SCHEDULE: The busy schedule of a dairy farmer in the miking shed.

DAIRY TRAINEE: Dairy trainee Nadine Hunter who now is doing a traineeship on the farm after first coming on a similar excursion and then following up with work experience.

LUNCH: The students relax with a sausage sandwich during lunch.

TweetFacebookPin the cow part on Bessie the brown Swiss!They then checked out the poddy calves, the milking shed and the farm equipment and were given a cup of farm fresh milk straight out of the vat.

We had to leave before the students had some hands-on experience in the area of artificial insemination with the brave ones volunteering to stick their arms up the rear of a cow.

Robyn and Charles Lucashave a long association with ag department at Narooma High School, each year providing a couple of poddy calves for the students to rear themselves.

This year is no different and the students are having fun with the poddy calves kept at the school in the agriculture complex, as well as some sheep that have just given birth.

Cows Create Careers school program

Calves are helping to shine a light on dairy industry careers through Dairy Australia’s innovative school program, Cows Create Careers – Farm Module.

Cows Create Careers – Farm Module is a six-week program that aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a very hands-on way. Secondary students are educated by rearing two three-week-old calves at school and the school is provided with dairy industry curriculum for years 7 and 8 and years 9 to 11, at no cost.

This year, four schools in the Far South Coast NSW region will participate in the program including Eden Marine High School, Narooma High School, Moruya High School and Sapphire Coast Anglican College.

Since 2006 Dairy Australia has worked with thousands of students, teachers, farmers, industry advocates and communities through its investment into Cows Create Careers – Farm Module.

Dairy Australia’s Industry Capability program manager Tracy Lloyd said the program started in 2004 with dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club in Victoria and nine Gippsland schools.

With support from Dairy Australia, Regional Development Programs, dairy farmers and sponsors, the program has now grown to over 180 schools across Australia with 8,357 students completing the program in 2013.

“Cows Create Careers – Farm Module is a program that builds awareness of dairy industry careers – from teaching students about educational and vocational pathways, to profiling the diverse range of professional careers in the dairy industry,” Lloyd said.

“By bringing calves into schools, students have fun learning about the different skills required in the dairy industry.”

The program has gained strong support from dairy farmers and advocates across Australia.

Last year alone volunteers gave 1162 hours of their time across 22 Australian dairying regions. The National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) also plays an important role by being an educational link for the schools.

Locally, the project is funded by DairyNSW and receives additional support across the state from local companies such as: IMB Community Foundation, Genetics Australia and Murray Goulburn who have continued to support the program in the Far South Coast NSW region.

“Volunteers play a vital role in encouraging and supporting students and their career decision making,” Lloyd said.

“The program has dedicated volunteers who have knowledge of the industry and links to education and employment sectors.”

Upon completion of the program, students and teachers will be recognised at a Presentation Finale where prizes are awarded to the winning schools and students.

The Finale will be held on Friday, October, 24 in Bermagui.

For more information visit http://www.dairyaustralia南京夜网.au/education-and-careers/secondary-school-resources

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry.

The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services.

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Dance couple back to best after break

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Joel Tongue and Cassandra Donnelly at the NSW Open DanceSportChampionships.
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DanceSport coupleCassandra Donnelly andJoel Tongue were all smilesafter a recent bout ofsuccess at the NSWOpen DanceSportChampionships.

Held at Sydney OlympicPark, the pair competedagainst couples from as faraway as Iceland in AdultOpen and Adult B Grade,receiving third place in theAdult Open New Vogueand sixth place in the AdultOpen Standard.

“The couple that placedfourth [in the Adult OpenStandard] danced this yearin Paris – they were theAustralian representativesthere – so to come only twoplaces behind them wasawesome,” Ms Donnellysaid.

The championshipswere Ms Donnelly’s firstcompetition after taking 12months off to care for hernew baby.

Ms Donelly said thehardest challenge wasreturning her fitness to itsformer level, but said sheand her brother returnedseamlessly to theirpartnership.

“We both obviouslyhave the passion and lovefor dance. We’re very luckythat we have such a specialbond,” she said.

The pair danced everyday for three weeks straightto train for the event andMs Donnelly said they wereshocked to be awardedsuch high results.

As both a dancer and ateacher Ms Donnelly said itwas hard to choose herfavourite style.

“I love all of them, but Iwould probably have to sayfoxtrot. It’s a reallybeautiful dance. It’s sort oflike you’re floating on acloud.”

Ms Donnelly’s studentsNathan Coggan and AnnaSingle also performed inthe championships in theYouth and Adult C Gradedivisions and wereawarded second and thirdplaces.

Ms Donnelly saidcompeting in thecompetitions placed her ina unique position for herstudents.

“It makes it easier forthem. If they ask questionswe know the answerbecause I’m doing theexact same thing only at adifferent level.”

The DanceSport teachersaid all four of the dancerswould be competing in theWorld Dance Council’sLuna Park BallroomDancing Competition onAugust 23.

The competition is oneof the biggest DanceSportevents and will includehundreds of couples fromaround the world.

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