From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, January 23, 2003.
Bridge rowers’ Olympic success
Murray Bridge rowers returned home from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
James McRae placed fifth in the B final in a time of 7:29.83, 15 seconds faster than his heat time.
At just 15 years old, the experience of participating in such a competitive environment will stand McRae in good stead in future competitions.
Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates was pleased with what he saw on the water.
“I do not think we will see too many of them in Athens, but we are certainly in good shape for Beijing in 2008 from what I have seen today,” he said.
River in crisis
Ferries at the Wellington and Tailem Bend-Jervois crossings are fast running out of river.
While the ferries at both crossings were operating normally yesterday, the respective drivers said it might not be long before load restrictions might have to be imposed if the river level continued to drop.
Premier Mike Rann said earlier this week that if river levels dropped further next summer, the Wellington ferry might not be able to traverse the river.
Kimberley auditions for TV
Murray Bridge girl Kimberley Vanstone could be on her way to stardom as she auditions for the lead role in an upcoming television miniseries.
The year 9 Unity College student was asked to audition for the role following a week-long holiday course at SA Castings in Adelaide.
Kimberley is trying for the main part of Saskia, a young girl who pretends to be someone else to recover a song she wrote that was stolen over the internet by a boy named Noah.
She described the plot as very modern and interesting.
Secker praises volunteers
Canberra parliamentarian Patrick Secker was travelling around the Barker electorate when Canberra was ravaged by fire on the weekend, and not at the Queanbeyan flat where he lives while federal Parliament is in session.
He said he would be looking out the window of the aeroplane to see the aftermath of the fires when he flew back into Canberra next weekend.
“There’s a fair amount of devastation, I believe,” he said.
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