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NEW CODE TO PROTECT INEXPERIENCED HORSE RIDERS

NEW CODE TO PROTECT INEXPERIENCED HORSE RIDERS

A new Code of Practice to help reduce horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders has been released in NSW. Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20. The Code will help prevent horse-related injuries and fatalities among beginner and inexperienced riders and aims to ensure that the temperament of the horse and the experience of the rider are adequately matched. The Code has been developed following extensive consultation with more than 100 responses to calls for comment from key industry groups and individuals. Numerous businesses across the state offer horse-related activities and this Code will provide them with the practical tools they need to ensure they are complying with their obligations and doing everything they can to prevent injuries and fatalities. The NSW Government is committed to improving safety for inexperienced and novice horse riders, such as those participating in pony clubs, at jackaroo and jillaroo schools and trail riding schools. The Code includes practical tools such as a checklist for riders and a checklist for horses, to evaluate the level and skill of the rider and also to help assess the suitability of the horse for the activity being undertaken. The Code will come into effect on 1 February 2017. The Code of Practice is available from www.safework.nsw.gov.au
Wednesday, 14 December 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

Local Coonamble/Pilliga Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad

Local Coonamble/Piliga, Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad to represent the Waratahs this season.

Last year he played in the under 20's side and toured OS with them. After watching many games with him in it at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill it's nice to see the hard work pay off.

A great career for an outstanding sportsman.

Congratulations Ned.

From the Daily Liberal

NED Hanigan is a star on the rise.

The Coonamble boy earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2013, and last year represented Australia at the World Rugby 20s Championships in Italy, where he was named Australia's MVP.

Now his career has soared to new heights, with Hanigan elevated into the core training squad for the NSW Waratahs just before Christmas.

"I think it was a bit surreal," he said.

"Daryl (Gibson, Waratahs head coach) called me into his office and said 'you've been training well and we want to pull you on full-time'.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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LOCAL SPORT GRANT PROGRAM OPENS

LOCAL SPORT GRANT PROGRAM OPENS

Local sporting clubs can apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program to get more locals involved in sport and recreation activities when applications open on Thursday.  The Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation.  We all know that sport is incredibly important for health and wellbeing, as well as bringing people in the community together.  Whether it be funding towards training programs to secure more volunteer coaches or helping with that much-needed change room upgrade, these grants are designed to encourage more people to keep active.  There are four project types within the Program, these being:

1.     Sport Club Development;

2.     Community Sport Events;

3.     Sport Access; and

4.     Facility Development and Capital Equipment.

Applications open on 26 November 2015 and close 11 February 2016.  For more information and to apply, visitwww.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1535)/Comments (0)/
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Former Narrabri jockey Tim Bell killed in Singapore

Former Narrabri jockey Tim Bell killed in Singapore

Former Tamworth apprentice Tim Bell has been killed in a non-racing related accident in Singapore.

The Narrabri-raised jockey, who was pursuing a three-month riding contract in Singapore, was killed after reportedly falling from a high-rise building.

Bell, 22, started his apprenticeship with Sue Grills at Tamworth and was leading apprentice in NSW in his first two seasons with more than 170 winners, Racenet reports.

Two weeks ago he won his first Singapore major, the $150,000 Group 3 El Dorado Classic (2200m) riding stayer Sebrose.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Schwager wins top award

Schwager wins top award

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Schwager was out of town on Saturday night, however proud parents, Tony and Shirley, were on hand to collect the trophy on his behalf.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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