Giving Australian karate an Olympic-sized kick along

Giving Australian karate an Olympic-sized kick along

Grenville Francis, Writer

September 14, 2020

Shobu hajime. The bout begins. The fight of a young West Australian woman as she takes guard against the best karate fighters in the world for Olympic glory at next year’s postponed Tokyo Games. Karate is making its debut as an Olympic sport in Japan in 2021 much to the delight of exponents the...

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Annalise Hunt, Reporter

April 12, 2020

Can you safely exercise during pregnancy? Spoiler... the answer is yes. But the experts recommend that certain sports are avoided - such as any contact sports or high-altitude exercise like skiing and scuba diving. During the first trimester mothers-to-be should avoid any exercise that has them...

Rise of lawn bowls among WA millennials

young people playing lawn bowls

Jess Emery, Reporter

April 12, 2020

No longer is grey hair and a walker the stereotype for a lawn bowls player - increasingly, young millennials are racing to take up the sport. 28-year-old Nathan Smith is the 2018 Western Australian State Pairs Champion and started his bowling journey journey as a child. “My brothers and I would...

Sports and exercise helping Perth cancer patients

Patients exercising at Vario Health Clinic ECU.

Natalia Caceres, Reporter

April 12, 2020

For years, cancer patients seeking medical advice have been told by professionals to get plenty of rest during their treatment and rehabilitation. But in the last few years, research and evidence has shown the significant benefits of sports and exercise for patients with chronic diseases like cancer. ...

Council to debate Barbagallo Raceway expansion

The start-finish straight on the current layout of Barbagallo Raceway

Eddie Scown, Reporter

March 10, 2020

A new circuit, dirt track and BMX club could be on the cards, if Wanneroo council endorses a radical plan to expand facilities at Barbagallo Raceway. The proposal, first tabled in 2017, is estimated to cost $231m over the next 10 years. Land north of the existing track, between Hopkins and Orchid...

OPINION: It’s not easy being purple

There's elation when The Dockers win.

Grenville Francis

July 29, 2019

The Fremantle Football Club has some of the most passionate supporters in the Australian Football League. We are also the biggest gluttons for punishment. Yes, dear reader of this fine publication, I do write we as in me ... being an eager Docker beaver. Which of course gifts me with, exclusive to...

Get up and umpire

AFL Umpires

Julian Vicentini, Reporter

May 20, 2019

When it comes to the footy field, many young kids and adolescents are growing up eager to play and kick goals for their team. But what about giving umpiring a crack? The Edmund Rice Centre of Western Australia (ERCWA) is recruiting multicultural young people aged from 12 to 21 into their umpiring...

Cheerleaders going for gold

Cheerleaders going for gold

Malcolm Coleman, Reporter

May 20, 2019

Gone are the days when cheerleading was just young ladies waving pom-poms in support of their team. Now, cheerleaders are determined athletes who train hard to execute stunts that often make an audience gasp. The serious, sometimes even dangerous, fast-growing competitive sport emerged around the...

Is WA ice hockey skating on thin ice?

Perth Ice Arena

Malcolm Coleman, Reporter

May 12, 2019

The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) is Australia's premiere ice hockey league. The league is made of eight teams representing each state. The teams are Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave - Canberra, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs, Newcastle Northstars, Perth Thunder, Sydney Bears and the Sydney Ice...

Cirquest – “Perth’s hidden secret”

Juggling develops co-ordination

Sharni Hamann, Reporter

May 6, 2019

The word circus can bring many ideas to mind: the charm of childhood, large striped tents and clowns, but Cirquest is breaking down this notion. Attending the gym can be daunting and the thought of exercise can feel like a chore. Circus training is an alternative form of physical activity that doesn’t...

Don’t let the fear of falling stop you from flying

Jordan Clarke and fellow aerialist performing silks along Perth foreshore.

Brooke Couper, Reporter

May 5, 2019

Jordan Clarke has been dancing since the age of two. Her mum was a dancer and her dad was a musician so the performing arts have been a huge part of her life. While recovering from an injury and taking some time off from dancing, a friend urged Clarke to attempt an aerial class in order to take some...

Why is indoor cricket being bowled out?

The Seamers Snakes team celebrate a win!

Malcolm Coleman, Reporter

April 29, 2019

The concept of bringing outdoor cricket indoors was a big hit for years after its inception in the early '80s, but lately numbers have been falling. Why are we seeing a reduction in this well loved recreational sport? The current secretary of Indoor sports WA and part-owner of the Seamers Sports centre...

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