Helping hands move in the right direction

Family affair: Scott Thomas and Amanda Nash, pictured with their two year old daughter Zara, in their new venture. Picture: Marina NeilSCOTT Thomas and Amanda Nash’s movement studio overlooking Newcastle Beach is a world away from the lounge room where his grandfather, Walter Watson, would knead footballers’ muscles before abig game.
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Young Scott would watch, wide-eyed, as Mr Watson appliedliniment and helda red heat lamp to bodies to help make their strenuous movements easier to perform.

Fast forward 30 years and Mr Thomas and Ms Nash are using more moderntechniques to achieve an even betterresult at their boutique studio, East End Movement.

“We ask people to try not to see it as a cost, but an investment in their long-term health,” Ms Nash said. “This is something small they can do now to get their body moving correctly for their own longevity and ability to keep working, pain-free.It’s about retiring in a good condition so you don’t have to spend money on hip replacements and knee reconstructions.”

The couple specialise in complementary services –Ms Nash offers remedial massage and non-invasive bowen therapy to reduce pain and improve range of movement, whileMr Thomas teaches pilates classes to balance, strengthen, stabilise the core and align posture. “A lot of people are in physical pain and it’s often in the neck, shoulder and lower back due to our sedentary lifestyle,” Ms Nash said. “They might feel overwhelmed andlike nothing’s going to help, but with the right treatment even the most extreme cases can improve.”

While most of their clients are aged between 35 and 70, they see people of all ages and fromall walks of life, including young adults who are “breaking their bodies” with exercise comprising uncontrolled movements.

“We’realso about preventative maintenance so we’re not leaving any underlying issues there,” Mr Thomas said. “Pilates creates drastic changes in the body and is a good overall cardiovascular workout.”

Mr Thomas was previously aprofessional footballer in the National Soccer Leagueand started pilates after a knee problem. After his sporting career ended he became a personal trainer and pilates teacher and worked for physiotherapists, but bought the beachside premises seven years ago with plans to eventually open his own business. Ms Nash has worked in a variety of chiropractic clinics.

The couple see their small class sizes as their point of difference: the pilates class using studio equipment has a maximum of four people, while the mat class using basic props has 10at most.

All clientsare asked to visit for an initial consultation to discuss their health history and needs.All services are personalised and by appointment.

“Our main objective is to remove dysfunction with the individual and to regain and restore functional movement,” Mr Thomas said.


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Getting tough: fare evaders put on notice

GETTING TOUGH: New transport operator Keolis Downer wants to change the culture of ticket compliance in Newcastle. Picture: Simone De PeakNEWCASTLE’S new transport operator is getting tough in a push to curb fare evasion on the city’s buses.
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TheNewcastle Heraldcan reveal Keolis Downer – the French company that took over the Newcastle buses and ferries contract last week – will hire compliance officers to enforce the purchasing of tickets and to nab fare evaders on its buses and the Stockton ferry.

And it is understood bus drivers have become stricter in enforcing passenger use of Opal cards under Keolis.

It is an attempt by the new transport operator to change the culture of passenger travel on public transport in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

According to the latest statistics, Newcastle has one of the worst rates of compliance in the state, and is the state government’s biggest loser in terms of lost revenue outside Sydney.

The last Transport for NSW analysis of revenue loss in Newcastle revealed government coffers were deprived of a staggering $397,000 in unpaid fares between July and December last year –more than $2000 per day.

An average83 per cent of Newcastle passengers did the right thing by paying the fare in May last year.

This improved slightly to 85 per cent in November, according to the figures.

However, Newcastle was still in the bottom three for passenger compliance –only slightly better than Penrith and Wyong buses.

Keolis Downer Hunter chief executive Campbell Mason said passengers would start to see ticket officers on board Newcastle buses.

“Newcastle Transport will have authorised officers patrolling buses and ferries to check tickets and ensure compliance. We will also work closely with Transport for NSW and NSW Police,” he said.

“Our drivers and customer service officers will play an important role as we work to improve the compliance culture among the Newcastle travelling community.”

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union blamed the state government for Newcastle’s record on fare evasion.

“Reports of a stronger presence of ticket inspectors is not surprising, as we believe that Transport for NSW did not even bother to provide ticket inspectors in Newcastle for the past six years,” RTBU secretary Chris Preston said.

On Wednesday, the Heraldtested the new transport operator on a handful of city buses.

The stricter approach to compliance was witnessed on a city-bound bus after a free ride was refused to a passenger who was one stop short of the fare free zone.

“I’m under orders, mate,” the bus driver told the passenger.

Keolis has promised no major changes to bus timetables and routes this year.

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SuperFoilers lock in flying visit to harbour

HIGH-SPEED ACTION: Newcastle Harbour will host a SuperFoiler Grand Prix event. Promoters are promising ‘short, sharp, action-packed races’ in the series, which begins in December. THERE will be no Kiwis on bicycles, but if the America’s Cup has whet your appetite for high-speed, foil-borne sailing then just wait till you see what’s coming to Newcastle.
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Hot on the heels of the supercars and superboats, the newly launched SuperFoiler Grand Prix has added a Newcastle Harbour event to its national circuit that commences in December.

At the heart of the action will be six 26-foot trimarans manned by three crew, two of whom are on skiff-like trapezes. Capable of 40 knots, the SuperFoiler is said to be world’s fastest foiling one-design racing class with the highest power-to-weight ratio of any wind-powered boat.

America’s Cup and leading foiling sailors from New Zealand, the US, China, France and Australia will be targeted for the series, set to be raced over three-days at venues in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Newcastle and Sydney Harbour.

Promoters Bill Macartney and son Jack have lined up the Seven Network to televise the series, just as they did when Bill brought 18-Foot skiff racing into lounge rooms in the 1990s. Unparalleled onboard and aerial vision, backed by colourful commentary, is his style.

Jack Macartney says it took a leap of faith and more than a few dollars to realise their vision.

“The SuperFoiler concept was not to conform to any existing geometry or platform but rather create something that gave the foils structure to function and flotation to launch off while being highly aerodynamic,” he said.

“The power and efficiency that you feel when you are sailing, it really takes your breath away … It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.”

Foils are arguably the biggest ever technological shift in sailboat racing, freeing the vessel of conventional hydrodynamic drag to fly above the surface at speeds up to three times faster than the wind.

“For those who remember the passion of crews on board the Prudential, Ella Bache and AAMI on the 18 Foot Skiff Grand Prix, the SuperFoilers will deliver all of this and more,” Bill Macartney added.

“Short, sharp, action-packed races will exhilarate crowds as they embrace a virtual experience of racing.

“When we produced the 18-footer coverage we demonstrated that coverage of racing with advanced machines could be very exciting, particularly by showing the on-board experience.

“When we sold out of it, no one picked it up. Sailing went back to dots on the horizon, the way it has always been covered.”

The inspiration for the venture came from watching the previous America’s Cup on TV.

“The extraordinary spectacle of those America’s Cup catamarans suddenly rising up out of the water was like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Bill said.

“There was a whole new dimension to the sport because the hull becomes superfluous once it’s up on foils.”

NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres launched the SuperFoiler last week, saying the Grand Prix will bring a new energy to Australian sport.

HOME: Tony Mowbray with Kris Anderson after their sailing adventure across the Pacific Ocean.

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Our skate star Poppy seeks global change beyond the X Games

Our skate star Poppy seeks global change beyond the X Games DRIVEN: Poppy Olsen, 17, will tackle the X Games in Minnesota next week before spearheading World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine in August. Picture: Marina Neil
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TweetFacebookWorld skateboarding champion Poppy Starr Olsen is headed to the US to take on the best in the sport at next week’sX Games.

The 17-year-old Hunter skater, who is among the region’s most recognised riders, has been in Sydney training for her run at the Minneapolis finals.

Olsen qualified after skating in Idaho in June, where she finished fourth to take the final qualification spot through to Minnesota.

She made her X Games debut in 2016, finishing ninth in the finals held in Austin, Texas.

But the skateboarder and entrepreneur also has her eyes on an even loftier goal.

Starr Olsen is also a World Vision ambassador, which in August will see her spearheading the annual 40 Hour Famine campaign as it shifts to focus on the 32.5 million children globally forced to flee their homes caught amid conflict, famine and climate change.

Participants will commit to living out of backpacks over two days in a bid to raise money for refugee and displaced children.

Starr Olsen said the new challenge could shed some light on the plight of refugees around the world.

“We need to stand up to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time,” she said.“I think the new challenge will make many of us think of what many children around the world experience when they have to flee their homes.”

“It also provides a good opportunity for students to think about what they might take with them if they suddenly had to leave their home – and to really consider what things are most important to them.”Money raised will go to areas including Syria and the South Sudan. More details at40hourfamine南京夜网.au.

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Off-road racing at the Milbrodale Mountain Classic 2017Photos

Off-road racing at the Milbrodale Mountain Classic 2017 | Photos Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images
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Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images

Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images

Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images

Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images

Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images

CLASSIC: The Milbrodale event, which runs again this weekend, is one of the top off road racing fixtures on the region’s calendar and has drawn big motorsport names to the Hunter. Picture: Supplied

HIGH OCTANE: Sunday’s long track event offers drivers a chance to claim the Man of the Mountain title with the fastest lap on the day. Picture: RPM Images

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: Spectators can view the race from start to finish on the accessible track, plus talk to racers between their events. Picture: Supplied

HIGH OCTANE: Sunday’s long track event offers drivers a chance to claim the Man of the Mountain title with the fastest lap on the day. Picture: RPM Images

TweetFacebook Milbrodale Mountain ClassicPictures: SuppliedOFF-road racing is revving up this weekend for one of the sport’s biggest occasionsin the Hunter Region.

Hunter Valley Off Road Racing Association’s Milbrodale Mountain Classic enters its 31styear in 2017, with the weekend set to attract both amateurs and some of the country’s best to race,outside Singleton.

The event has beenheld on private property off Putty Road for 31 years and has become a pillar of Australian off-road racing, with spectators able to line the entire track.

It stands as a leg in numerous competitions including theSW Long Course Championship, NSW Long Course Series and NSW Tri Challenge Series.

The racingalso rallies the Upper Hunter community, with fundraising by the Bulga rural fire brigade as well as both the Milbrodale and Broke schools.

Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife, George Fury, Colin Bond, Glenn Seton, Andrew Meidecke, Kevin Waldock and Tony Longhurt are among the big names of motor racing who have previously competed in the two-day Mountain Classic.

Saturday will include the prologue, where racers duke it out to set starting times, before a medium six-lap course to kick off the event.

The second day delivers a four-abreast start in the tightly contested short course heats before the fourth race, which takes drivers on six laps the 15-kilometre long course.The fastest lap can clinch a driver the prestigious Man of the Mountain title.

Racing begins 9.45am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday at theWelsh’s Road, Milbrodale course found about26 kilometres south of Singleton.

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