Echuca swimmers Erin Gumbleton and Jaymee-Leigh Upton will compete in swimming at the Special Olympics Australia at the Asia-Pactific Games.By Geordie Cowan
Two Echuca swimmers will represent Australia for the first time at the Asia-Pacific Games in December.
Erin Gumbleton and Jaymee-Leigh Upton will compete in swimming at the Special Olympics Australia run event, of which they will be among about 2000 Special Olympics athletes from 32 countries attending the games.
A further 600 coaches and officials will attend, while more than 4000 volunteers and about 200,000 spectators will descend on Newcastle for the inaugural event.
Upton, 21, will compete in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and the four by 100m freestyle relay, while 34-year-old Gumbleton’s events comprise the 100m and 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and the freestyle leg of the four by 100m medley relay.
Gumbleton, who has represented Victoria at the Adelaide National Games in 2010, the Tasmania Invitational Games in 2008 and the Queensland National Games in 2006, said she could not wait for the event.
‘‘I’m excited because since I went to Greece to see the World Games, I’ve always wanted to wear the green and gold and now I am,’’ she said.
‘‘Plus being a part of a team with my friends Jamie-Lee and Casey Petrie (Barooga) and 17 other Victorians.’’
Upton and Gumbleton’s respective mums, Karen and Marg, will travel to NSW to see their children compete and while they may be happy to see them just have a time, the two swimmers have something greater in mind.
‘‘(I want) to come home with a gold medal,’’ Gumbleton said, who also thanked her coaches Shirley Milgate, Ron Wilson and Russell Parsons.
‘‘I agree with that,’’ Upton said.
The games also include badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, soccer, table tennis and ten-pin bowling, with the opening ceremony to be held on December 1 at Hunter Stadium.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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