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Conquering the world’s hardest triathlon

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Conquering the world’s hardest triathlon

 

By Samantha Elley

Ballina man, Jon Rigley has recently achieved a huge bucket list item, having competed in the Iron Man World Championships in Nice, France.

“As a kid, I used to watch the Wide World of Sports and they would always show the Iron Man races,” said Jon.

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“I always wanted to get into it.”

As a family, with his sister, Adene, Jon would run triathlons and this has continued throughout his life.

This time, however, he decided to aim high.

“A big thing for me was raising money for charity,” said Jon.

“A mate from school and football is involved with the Variety Children’s Charity in Tasmania and I thought, ‘Let’s have a go at this’.”

Having qualified for the World Championships after competing in Cairns, Jon knew he would be upping his training to be able to compete in Nice.

“In the first week I was doing about eight hours of training,” he said.

“This increased to 13-15 hours a week with biking half of it, then running about 30 per cent and swimming 20 per cent.”

As the date of the race drew near, Jon blogged about his training regime and promoted the Variety Children’s Charity every chance he got.

“It felt weird putting myself out there,” he said.

“I was pretty uncomfortable but I was raising money and people responded without shooting me down.”

Finally, it was race day and Jon faced each leg of the triathlon with his characteristic sense of humour, even promoting the Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club by swimming  in the club shorts.

“During the swim, it was amazing, as it was in the Mediterranean,” he said.

“It was so clear and about a kilometre out you are looking at the mountains and seeing where your life got to.”

In his blog Jon tells of a funny incident where he realised he had a full bladder and no chance of emptying it before the race started.

“So I decided to just wee when I got into the water,” he wrote.

“the swim starts, and it’s like a rugby match, as all deep water starts are. And I say to myself, hold it until at least half way so you can get some space. I did just this. I swim over to the side of the course near a course marshall in his kayak. This is the conversation:

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French guy: Do you need help?

Me: Just doing a wee.

French guy: So you need help! What can I do?

Me: I’m doing a wee!

French guy: Oui, you need help!

Me: I’m just doing a wee wee.

French guy: Oui oui, you need help what can I do??

Me: No no, I don’t need help I’m doing a wee wee. I’m doing a Le Piss mate!!”

The second leg of the race, Jon couldn’t help but appreciate the views.

“The ride over the top of the mountains was breathtaking and like a culmination of everything you tried to do in your life,” he said.

Jon said he endured the running leg as he had to deal with a stomach bug throughout, but he crossed the line having finished the entire race in around 15 hours.

“You can’t compare it to any other race,” he said.

“My best time is 12 hours but this is the hardest race in the world.

“It was an insane course.”

So far Jon Rigley has raised $7,100 for the charity but is keen to let people know they can still donate at https://www.facebook.com/varietytasmania

And what is next on the list?

“I am reinvigorated,” said Jon.

“It feels good to be fit.

“There’s a half ironman in Melbourne I may do with my sister.

“She will do the swim and run and I will do the bike.

“There is also the North Coast Triathlon series of six races between Tweed, Yamba and Trial Bay.

“They will be some nice short races I can do.”

Facts about the Iron Man World Championships

  • Every second year it is held in Kona, Hawaii and every alternate year in Nice, France
  • The swim is the first leg and it is 3.8km in the Mediterranean sea.
  • The bike is the second leg and is 180km with 8,000 feet of climbing
  • The run is the third leg and is literally a marathon at 42.2km

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that the recently revitalised Casino Showground and Racecourse precinct will commence accepting bookings starting from Monday, June 3rd.

With a generous funding injection of $12.8 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, alongside contributions from various sources including the NSW Showground Stimulus Program, Drought Communities Funding, Crown Lands, and Council, the total investment in this redevelopment has reached $14.4 million.

This newly enhanced facility boasts a range of features including a spacious undercover arena, an outdoor sand arena, turfed areas, covered stables, and a state-of-the-art racehorse stable complex capable of accommodating up to 80 horses. Additionally, new parking areas for cars, trucks, and floats have been added for the convenience of visitors.

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Of notable appeal is the newly constructed racehorse exercise area, which includes round yards, a horse walker, and a 50-metre equine pool. These amenities are expected to draw considerable interest from equestrian enthusiasts and event organizers alike. Furthermore, enhancements such as powered event camping areas have expanded the facility’s versatility, allowing for hosting a diverse range of events including country music festivals, car shows, trade exhibitions, and markets.

Despite the official opening ceremony held on April 20th to commemorate the acknowledgment of government funding, certain essential construction tasks remain pending due to unforeseen circumstances. These include the high-voltage power upgrade, completion of the equine training area, and fencing installations crucial for ensuring the safety of all facility users.

Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the Northern Rivers region have exacerbated delays, saturating many areas of the facility and rendering them unsuitable for immediate use. However, efforts are underway to expedite the finalisation of these outstanding projects in alignment with the originally tendered project costs.

In tandem with these developments, the Council is set to deliberate on its Draft Revenue Policy for 2024-2025 at its upcoming meeting. This policy will outline the proposed fees for utilising the facility and will undergo a public exhibition period of 28 days following the meeting, during which community feedback and submissions will be welcomed.

We extend our gratitude to all existing stakeholders and potential users for their patience throughout this project’s completion, which has been hampered by unforeseen challenges. We eagerly anticipate opening all elements of this facility to serve the broader community.

For those interested in booking the venue, please visit the Council’s venue hire website.

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

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The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

 

In a competitive field of contenders, Ranger Nick emerged victorious, securing the prestigious “Australian Owned Achievement Award 2024” in the recently announced Australian Owned Business Awards on May 7, 2024.

Surprised by the announcement, Ranger Nick received a message from the judging panel praising his unwavering commitment to Australian ownership and excellence. The panel acknowledged the stiff competition and commended Ranger Nick’s business as a leader in its domain.

Reflecting on the unexpected news, Ranger Nick expressed his elation, stating, “I was on my way to the Capella Country Music Festival, after spending a few days in the scrub with no mobile reception, when I received the news. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, flattered and honoured.”

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This accolade marks Ranger Nick’s third triumph in a year, following his recognition as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and as a Winner in the Innovation and Sustainability Excellence category of The Australian Rural Business Awards.

Renowned as the charismatic Aussie Bush Cook, Ranger Nick embodies the authentic Australian spirit with his unwavering passion for Australian heritage and traditions. He has dedicated himself to sharing his camp oven cooking and bushcraft skills with fellow adventurewrs across the country and abroad.

With four published books, his own merchandise line, and notable appearances on television and radio, including Channel 7Mates’ “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and West Bremer Radio, Ranger Nick’s influence continues to grow.

Grateful for the support he has received, Ranger Nick humbly thanked his supporters, expressing his determination to continue his endeavors. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to all for your unwavering support,” he said. “I better pull up my socks and keep on going.”

Ranger Nick eagerly anticipates receiving his official trophy at the Dayboro Annual Show in early July, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

 

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