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THE Wonthaggi Pony club has be-
stowed the honour of life membership
to three of its members who have a
combined total of 47 years of member-
ship between them.
Julie Coleman, Robyn Bolding and
Shannon Burns, were recognised for
their outstanding service at the club’s
March Rally on Sunday, March 12.
Shannon has been actively involved
with the Wonthaggi Pony club for 19
Her eldest daughter Clair, joined the
club in October 1998 and her other
daughter Emily joined in August 2003
followed by her son Lachlan in March
Although Clair and Lachlan did not
continue riding horses Emily has and
is still an active member of Wonthaggi
Pony club today.
Over the years Shannon has held the
role of vice president and has also had
to step into the role of president on a
couple of occasions.
She has also been a general commit-
tee member and contributed wise and
thoughtful insight into meetings.
Shannon has helped the club through
some very trying and tough times.
In 2006 the club was faced with a dis-
crepancy over the grounds.
For more than two years Shannon
was required to put in many hours of
negotiating and dealing.
In short, the club is indebted to Shan-
non for the role she played in saving
the grounds and the licence conditions
as they are today.
Shannon has contributed many
hours of volunteering. Shannon did the
costing and shopping for camp, has
attended countless working bees and
contributed to the club in many ways
by filling roles at events such as Gear
Checking and Gate Stewarding.
Shannon was the club’s WPC Zone
representative for two years, she and
her family have donated goods and la-
bour to the club and she has played a
very important role within the develop-
ment of the club.
Julie is in her 15th Year as an Adult
Supporter of the Wonthaggi Pony Club.
Julie has supported her daughter
Sarah throughout her time as a riding
Julie is and has always been willing
to do whatever it takes to support the
Julie is always happy and approach-
able and her easy going disposition
makes her popular with members
young and old.
Julie took on the role of club secre-
tary for 10 years. Her efficiency and
attention to detail was second to none.
In recent years Julie was forced to
take a lesser role than she had previ-
ously done, however she still remained
on the general committee and her input
and opinions are respected and appre-
Julie has always helped at events and
has volunteered in the canteen both
prior to and on the day of events, done
shopping and attended many working
bees over the years.
She has also pencilled at club Dres-
sage competitions on many occasions
and filled in any other roles asked of her.
Robyn is in her 13th year as a mem-
ber of the Wonthaggi Pony Club.
Robyn has always supported her
daughter Jessica to be an active mem-
ber by being head strapper and driving
all over the country side to events at all
hours of the day and night.
Robyn is one of the cornerstones of
the club and has always provided on-
going support to the committee and
Robyn has been treasurer on and off
for a total of 11 years.
She had hardly been at the club for
“five minutes” before being approached
to take on this position.
Her dedication in the role and com-
mitment to maintaining the club’s bank
balance is second to none.
The club is extremely fortunate to
have such an honest, competent and
Robyn is a worker. She is often the
first person to arrive and the last to
When not undertaking the role of
treasurer she stayed on the general
committee and offered support and
guidance to the new treasurers.
Robyn also organises and helps with
catering at rallies and events.
She will often be out shopping after
work buying stock or getting supplies
needed for rallies or events.
Robyn’s coleslaw is famous within
She has attended many working bees,
done set up and pack up duty and con-
tributed to Wonthaggi pony club over a
consistent, long sustained, period.
The PCAV State Dressage and Show
Jumping Championships that the club
hosted in 2015 was a huge and very
successful event for the club.
Robyn organised the catering with
many, many hours of planning and
Without the help and dedication that
Robyn put into this event, it would not
have been the outstanding event that it
was for Wonthaggi Pony club and West
Julie, Shannon and Robyn were all
presented with life membership badg-
es, certificates and celebratory cake
that was made in their honour which
was also enjoyed by members, family
and friends at the special day.
Wonthaggi Pony Club life members, from left, Julie Coleman, Shannon Burns and Robyn Bolding.
47 years of service rewarded with life
Junior sailor Oscar Beachley showing his skills.
South Gippsland sailors
excel at Victorian titles
Series winners Sara Janssen, Steve Horton and Rob McNair.
FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt
congratulated several local ath-
letes from his electorate who
have been recipients of Local
Sporting Champions grants
over the past year at an official
presentation ceremony on Feb-
Among the recipients are
table tennis player Mackenzie
Gardner from Krowera and
swimmer Lily Robinson from
“I was delighted to meet these
dedicated young athletes and
learn more about their sporting
accolades,” Mr Hunt said.
“Some have competed for their
state or for the country both na-
tionally and abroad.
“It was inspiring to hear about
their achievements and future
aspirations. Some may go on to
become future Olympians, Com-
monwealth Games medallists or
elite athletes in their field.”
Local Sporting Champions
grants are awarded three times
a year to young athletes in the
Flinders electorate who are com-
peting in events across the coun-
try and internationally.
The grants of $500 per athlete
contribute to the cost of travel,
accommodation, equipment and
uniforms to enable athletes to
participate in a particular cham-
pionship or event.
Mr Hunt congratulated all of
the recipients of Local Sport-
ing Champions grants on their
achievements and wished them
every success in the future.
“It is excellent to see so many
people of varying ages and sport-
ing aspirations actively involved
in their communities and I am
thrilled the Australian Govern-
ment has been able to play a
part in helping them to reach
their potential and compete on
the world stage,” he said.
“These young athletes have my
ongoing support as they chase
their sporting dreams.”
Applications for the next
round of Local Sporting Cham-
pions grants are now open and
close June 30.
Applications should be re-
ceived before the competition
start date. Visit www.ausport.
gov.au for more information.
SOUTH Gippsland Yacht
Club is celebrating the achieve -
ments of five of its sailors at
the Impulse class state cham-
pionships held at McCrae over
the Labour Day weekend.
Competing against the best in
the state, Toby Leppin finished
second overall and Matt Kiely
Cousens and Pete Kiely also
performed well with Keith
achieving second in the Great
Grand Master division.
Meanwhile it was a beauti-
ful weekend for sailing at In-
verloch as the rest of the club
competed in the Labour Day
series of races over the three
The full range of conditions
was experienced with strong
winds on Sunday and even a
thunderstorm which caused
the first race to be postponed.
The race officer was rightly
concerned about sending boats
with aluminium masts out on
to the water.
Monday morning’s race on
the other hand saw very light
breezes and by an hour into the
race, the tide was moving faster
than the wind so the abandon-
ment flag was raised.
Thankfully conditions in the
afternoon were ideal so the se-
ries finished on a high.
A large number of juniors
joined in over the weekend and
were encouraged by some spe-
cial awards provided by rescue
boat driver Derek Despy.
Many of the juniors have
shown marked improvement
over the summer and are start-
ing to make their presence felt
in races with the seniors.
Oscar Llewelyn is to be com-
mended for his fourth place in
the competitive B Division.
Folkert Janssen has been
coaching juniors and newcom-
ers on boat handling and race
tactics resulting in a noticeable
gain in skills and confidence
for newer sailors.
Labour Day Series results:
A Division: 1st Rob McNair,
2nd Alan Driver.
Horton, 2nd Paula Horton,
3rd George Fairlie, 4th Oscar
C Division: 1st Sara Janssen,
eq 2nd Oscar Beachley, eq 2nd
Grants for young champs
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