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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

LOCAL GYMNASTS CONQUERING THE WORLD

It’s been a strong start for Tamworth Gymnastics Club at Singapore’s Prime Invitational, with athletes among the medals in levels five and six. Georgia Goodwin won all events except floor, on the way to being crowned level six senior overall champion today. Annalise Tighe also performed strongly, coming in second in the level six junior grade. While overnight, Abbey McGrath finished second overall in the level five senior category, after claiming silver on vault and bars. Ella Constable and Kelsey Dietrich were also the top two among the floor routines. Sophie Weekes continued the North West’s strong form on floor, claiming victory in the level five junior division. Overall, Tamworth won the level six teams challenge, and finished third among the level fives. (no audio)

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YOUTH PAY RESPECTS TO THE FALLEN

Tamworth residents paused at 11 today, to remember the sacrifice of Australia’s soldiers in the Great War. Calrossy student Thomas Burke says the efforts on the Western Front aren’t lost upon the younger generations. “The opportunity of life. All sacrificed for a servitude cut bitterly short for those who will never truly know. Who will never truly understand what it is that they’ve experienced.” Today marks 99-years since the First World War finished. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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NEWSOME RETURNS TO NSW

Glen Innes-born rugby union star Alex Newsome has signed a two year deal with the New South Wales Waratahs. The move follows the demise of the Western Force, the team 22 year old made his Super Rugby debut for this year. He’ll join fellow north west product Paddy Ryan in sky blue next season. (no audio)

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LOCAL ATHLETES ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED

A national representative in two sports, Jack Davis was named Tamworth’s Sports Person of the Year last night. The 15-year-old was selected for Australia in BMX and weightlifting in the last 12 months. While John Porch and Lauren Hogan were added to the local hall of fame, after donning the green and gold in their chosen sports. Junior Sports Star – Ben Chick Young Sports Star – Jack Davis Senior Sports Star – Jessica Aldridge Overall Sports Star – Jack Davis Young Coach – Jake Mitchell Senior Coach – Geoff Sharpe Junior Team – Tamworth Public School Girls Hockey Young Team – Tamworth Thunderbolts Under 18s Men Senior Team – Tamworth Under 20s Womens Oztag Cara Hickson Memorial Award – Libby Magann Ken McKenzie Award – David Penna Local Achiever – Kim McLean Sport Development Award – Tamworth Kangaroos Australian Football Club Hall of Fame – John Porch, Lauren Hogan Olympic Honour Wall – John …

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ANOTHER CANDIDATE PUTS HAND UP

Warwick Stacey hopes to be the first Seniors United Party of Australia candidate voted into the House of Representatives, at next month’s New England by-election. From Sydney, he campaigned on the main street of Tamworth today. He applauded moving the APVMA to Armidale, but says there are many other issues to address in the electorate. “Unemployment is an issue here, and of course coal mining and so on.” (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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