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WHEN Inverloch cyclist
George Misson partici-
pates in the Cadel Evans
People’s Ride along the
Great Ocean Road in
January, he has one goal
in mind – to complete the
George lives with a rare
cancer called Birt-Hogg-
Dubé syndrome, but still
manages to live a busy
lifestyle, riding his bike,
surfing and mentoring
young lifesavers at Cape
Paterson and Waratah
He missed last year’s
ride due to surgery to
remove tumours, but is
determined to make this
When meeting George
you quickly discover he
has an incredible attitude
“There’s three ways I
a surfboard or on a golf
course,” he said.
He has regular issues
with his lungs which
sometimes put a halt on
plans to go for a ride, but
it’s through no lack of try-
“There’s no use sitting
at home, but some days I
can’t even scratch myself.
“My life’s a rollercoaster
one day I can play golf,
the next I can’t do any-
thing. My training and
sport is all based on how
my lungs are. You just
George will join over
3,000 participants who
are expected to challenge
themselves from January
29 to 31, alongside Cadel
Evans himself to ride ei-
ther 65km or 111km dis-
tances in the Momentum
Energy People’s Ride.
The ride follows the
same route taken by some
of the world’s best cycling
teams in the Elite Wom-
en’s and Elite Men’s races.
Evans is an idol of
George is hoping to re-
new acquaintances with
Cadel after meeting him
and fellow Aussie champ
Robbie McEwen in 2006
on the Champs de Elysees
on the Tour de France
He is jumping at the
chance to meet his idol
“I really do hope I will
cross paths with Cadel
even if only for a minute,
I’m even going to take his
book to the ride just in
case he feels like signing
it,” George said.
“You’ve got to have a goal
for something rather than
just getting out of bed and
having a ride, you pick
“My favourite saying is,
when people ask me ‘how
are you?’ I say, ‘I’m verti-
cal and breathing’.”
It’s this attitude that sets
Inverloch cyclist George Misson is determined to participate in this year’s
Cadel Evans People’s Ride along the Great Ocean Road in January, after pulling
out of last year’s event due to surgery.
More than just a ride
for George Misson
AFTER a wash out last week
the Leongatha Cycling Club was
very pleased to have a great night
for racing the Christmas break up
night on Friday.
As well as a short race program
and sausage sizzle the club was
able to present a life member me-
dallion to past treasurer and secre-
tary, Phil Ewington.
With a warm track and only a
light breeze the riders found the
track conditions very quick and al-
most all the riders managed a new
season personal best for the one
lap time trial.
In the senior ranks Austin rode
a very smart 30.40sec. Next was
Steve Allen at 32.00sec and Dylan
Adams on his new bike at 32.3 sec.
However, the marks were all
good with Dane Herbert at 33.35,
Graeme Jans 33.6, Morgan Barnes
34.10, Rob Waddell35.10 and Kev-
in Feely down at 35.62 sec.
The juniors were also quick
with Oliver McLean at 35.30sec
just ahead of Thomas Fitzgerald
36.10sec and Michael Eastwood
The junior riders were then put
into 4 x 2 rider teams to contest
all the other races with points
given for each finishing place so
even though the best rider may
win a race they would have to try
and help their team member to the
best position as well.
This added a bit of extra interest
into the racing. In their one lap
handicap, David Eastwood (55m)
led all the way for a close win.
Next was Harry Herbert (45) and
Sulli Herbert (50). In their 4 lap
scratch race it was a hard fought
win for Oliver ahead of Thomas
This was followed by an elimi-
nation and some of the teams
performed better than others but
with 4 riders left there was still
one rider from each team.
Thomas Fitzgerald and Oli-
ver were the last two standing
and with a smart move Thomas
grabbed a small lead and held on
to take the win from Oliver and
Into the last race there was only
a few points between the teams.
It was another 4 lap scratch race
and Oliver won from Thomas
and Michael. Overall, the point’s
winners were Thomas and Harry,
from Oliver and David, with Mi-
chael and Jack in third from Felic-
ity and Sulli.
The seniors had an eight lap
scratch to start with and this came
down to a bunch sprint. Austin
Timmins took the win from Steve
Allen and Kevin Feely.
With a small rest done they were
on the track for an elimination.
Austin was again the winner but
this time it was Dylan Adams tak-
ing the silver with Kevin Feely rid-
ing well for the bronze place.
The seniors then had a round
of sprint heats before calling it
an evening. Heat one was a win
to Austin from Steve and Dylan.
Heat two was a win to Dane from
Kevin and Rob whilst Heat three
saw Graeme Jans win from Mor-
gan Barnes and Michael Park.
Austin and Thomas McFarlane
were racing at the Austral Wheel-
race meet on Saturday night with
further State titles over the week-
It was an important round of
racing for Thomas as he hopes to
make it through to the Nationals
and then into an Australian team.
Some of his training of a Wednes-
day night behind the motor bike
with Coach Tony Smith has been
Track racing will resume on
Frida, January 15 at 7pm. New
riders are always welcome to come
Ewington receives Life Membership
Phil Ewington is presented with a Life membership badge by Kevin
Feely for his services to the club as secretary and treasurer at the
Christmas break-up on Friday night.
WONTHAGGI 5-a -side Hockey held
its final matches for 2015 on Wednes-
The first match was won 7-5 by Black-
shirts, whose superior passing saw
them bolt to an early lead which they
James Jesson and Caro were out-
The Orangemen fought back in game
two, with the arrival of Rick Whitehouse
giving them a necessary boost to win
The deciding game was a cliffhanger,
but Orangemen got over the line 9-7,
with Ben Beischer and Rick providing
firepower up front, and Paul Escreet
and Jovel Hunt rock steady in midfield.
Everett O’Keeffe and Jimmy White-
house provided the brawn to augment
the finesse of the other Orangemen.
The Best Player for 2015 was present-
ed to Jovel Hunt and the Most Improved
trophy was presented to Ben Beischer
Wonthaggi’s 5-a- side hockey resumes
on January 20 from 5.30pm.
Jovel Hunt is presented with the Wonthaggi 5-a -side Hockey Best Player for
2015 trophy by Johnny Hackett.
wraps up season
Ben Beischer is presented with the Wonthaggi 5-a-side Hockey Most Improved
trophy by Johnny Hackett.
WINNERS for North/South on Monday, Decem-
ber 14 were John Farr and Shirley Stewart.
Anne and Bruce Gibson were second, Greg
Nicholson and Jean Barbour third and Beryl
Chilcott and Debby Anglim fourth.
Winners for East/West were Netta Scales and
Second were Kaye Douglas and Yvonne Mears,
Bob and Shirley Weaver third and Anne Ross and
Leng Haggith fourth.
On Wednesday, December 16 the winners were
Rob Maclellan and Sohan Pal.
Kaye Douglas and Yvonne Mears were second,
Greg Nicholson and Jean Barbour third and Bron
Sund and Pam Thresher fourth.
The bridge club is like the Windmill Theatre –
‘ we never close’ so if a partner or information is
needed the club mobile number is 0400 815 353.
Phillip Island bridge
Results for the week end-
ing December 19: Faye
Rowlands and Frank Arndt
83 0.30; June Metcalf and
Colin Cameron 80 0.21; Su-
san Ruffin and Clive Hope
79 0.15; Vivienne Westaway
and Ineke de Graaf 75 0.10.
Bridge will resume in 2016
on Monday, January 4 at
Meeniyan; Friday, January 8
at Inverloch; Tuesday, Janu-
ary 12th at Tarwin Lower.
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