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94th North Coast Tennis Championships this June long weekend

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94th North Coast Tennis Championships this June long weekend
94th North Coast Tennis Championships this June long weekend

94th North Coast Tennis Championships this June long weekend

The North Coast Tennis Championships is the most long-standing regional tennis tournament attracting high standard players nationwide.
Jim Simmons, Mayor of Clarence Valley Council said, “we are proud sponsors of the North Coast Tennis Championships which attracts visitors to Grafton, creating a reliable boost to our economy every June long weekend.”

“The world class Grafton City Tennis Courts are the ideal facility for a tournament of this level.”

“Grafton is a spectacular city to visit in the winter and the June long weekend gives people the extra day to see what Grafton and its surrounds has to offer visitors,” said Cr Simmons.

President of the Grafton City Tennis Club, Ayesha Beckman said, “This year we are expecting 150 players, with numbers being a little lower than normal due to COVID.”

“People are cautious about travelling at the moment. Normally we have players from across Australia, with a high representation from South East Queensland, but this year most participants are from Northern NSW.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Alicia Smith to the tournament, she is currently ranked 28th in Australia. James Ibrahim is our number 1 seed of the men’s competition and is ranked 51 in Australia. We are also excited to welcome back our 4 times winner of the tournament, Brendon Moore,” said Ms Beckman.

Previous famous players in this tournament include Sam Stosa, Evonne Goolagong and Fred Stolle who donated the winner’s trophy cup on which each winner has their name engraved from 1961.

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy this free event. There’ll be a coffee van and BBQ for breakfast and lunch as well as a canteen providing snacks and meals. Everyone is welcome to come and soak up the atmosphere. All Finals will be played on Monday.

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49 is out today as usual it is available from all Newsagents, leading Service Stations, General Stores and Woolworths Supermarkets from Coffs Harbour to Southport and as far west as Tenterfield, every town in the northern rivers. A very full 80 pages to read on these rainy and cold days ahead with over 32 pages of local news, 4 page lift out TV Guide, 2 pages of puzzles, 7-8 pages of local sports, 7 page of Rural news, 4 pages of Local Entertainment, trades and professional services, funerals, community news and events and a special 7 Pages on Lismore’s the Star Court Theatre 100 year Anniversary. This is a brilliant edition and all of our readers will absolutely love it from page 1 to page 80. Only $2. But HURRY as last weeks edition 48 sold out all copies within 3 days.

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Swimming North Coast Winter Championships

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Swimming North Coast Winter Championships

By Tonia Dynan

THE Lismore Workers Swim Team

Paralympic hopeful Ben Auckram

THE Lismore Workers Swim Team is still bringing the heat despite the cooler weather.

Last weekend the team smashed some PBs and grabbed medals at the Swimming North Coast Winter Championships at Trinity Aquatic Centre.

“We had about 15 athletes compete, ranging in age from eight to 17,” coach Peter Harvey said.

“We had quite a few guys get medals. It’s not surprising this time of year because we’re still in heavy training, so there was no real expectations but they did exceptionally well so pretty happy with the way they are going at the moment.”

The team’s two Paralympic hopefuls, Ben Auckram and Mckinley Arnison, have been putting in the hard yards at the Southern Cross University pool, training for the Olympics trials this Friday.

“They’ll be spending six days down in Adelaide if it all goes ahead,” Peter said.

“So, we’re pretty excited about that. We’re looking at obviously trials, but we’re also looking three years down the track at Paris.”

McKinley was in last year’s Australian development team and recently brought home a gold medal, two silver medals and four bronze medals from the All School State Swimming event.

THE Lismore Workers Swim Team

Paralympic hopeful Mckinley Arnison

Ben, who has spina bifida, and Mckinley, who has cerebral palsy, also brought home great results in the 2021 National Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast in April.

Mckinley finished off the meet with a gold in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 400m freestyle, while Ben finished fourth in the 400m freestyle.

“McKinley’s only just turned 16 so she’s very, very young to be in that sort of position,” Peter said.

“Most of Mckinley’s competitors are close to 30, so she competes exceptionally well against those guys.

“She’ll get a gig if she goes to Paris, she just has to dig deep and do the work.”

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