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Samuel is a news and sports reporter for the Central Coast and Newcastle. He began working for NBN News in 2014.

KURT FEARNLEY WINS THE DON AWARD

Kurt Fearnley has cemented his status as one of Australia’s greatest sportspeople of all time, last night becoming the first Paralympian to win The Don Award. I recognise tonight that I am the first within our Paralympic movement to hold up this prestigious award. But I have no intention of self-congratulation. I have to point back behind me to the generations of proud men and women with disabilities who allowed me to become the person and athlete that you see fit to receive this award. The Don recognises an athlete judged to have most inspired the nation. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CLUBS COME ON BOARD FOR NEW LOOK AFL COMPETITION

It’s a landmark day for aussie rules in the Hunter. NBN News can reveal that 20 out of the 21 local clubs have signed on to the new league, run by the sport’s governing body, and that the final club has expressed its intention to do so. “We’re exceptionally excited, we know it’s a legacy moment for football, and we’re very thankful that clubs have supported this new concept.” Said Simon Smyth, from AFL NSW/ACT. The AFL has also appointed three board members who will decide the structure of the new competition – more will join them following an election in a few weeks time.

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FINAL GALLOPS FOR KRIS LEES’ EVEREST RUNNERS

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees almost had a fourth runner in the world’s richest turf race, when Home of the Brave was scratched this afternoon. But Lees’ horse Clearly Innocent was eventually overlooked in place of Osbourne Bulls. His three hopes all had their final gallops in Newcastle this morning. In Her Time is shaping up as his strongest chance of claiming the $13-million race. (VISION ONLY)

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