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THE Gawler BMX Club has
been busy preparing to host the
BMX state championships in
February, and recently planted
350 native plants to stabilise and
beautify the track.
The plants, which were provided
by Natural Resources Management,
have been positioned on the sides of
jumps to reduce dust and hold the
"The sides of the jumps are quite
loose, so when it's windy a lot of
dust kicks up," club secretary Trac-
ey Dowse said.
"So those plants will grow across
the side of the jump and help keep
the surface of the jumps better."
Over the past six months the
track has been remodelled to im-
prove the racing lines, and spectator
and competitor facilities have been
"We've done heaps of work on the
upgrade of the actual track itself, so
we've got a fantastic upgraded de-
sign and surface," Mrs Dowse said.
"We're getting lots of comments
that it's a really smooth surface to
ride, and a challenging sort of track
with lots of places to pass."
With the championships fast ap-
proaching, the club is extremely
enthusiastic about ensuring the
track is in pristine condition, and
has recognised all the support it has
received in getting this far.
"It's a daunting task hosting the
state championships, but the club
members have worked together for
these fantastic results," Mrs Dowse
"Volunteering by our members
and support from the business com-
munity has been vital in getting us
to this point, plus the council has
also been supportive.
"We feel we have developed an
important community asset here."
The state championships will run
from February 14 to 15, with more
than 800 riders and supporters ex-
pected to attend.
AUSTRALIAN Disc Golf is
ready to send Gawler into a spin
by holding its inaugural two-
day event at Clonea Park this
Kicking off at 9am this Saturday,
players will spend the day learning
the many tricks of disc golf, includ-
ing the ever-important technique of
correctly throwing the disc.
After mastering the basics, com-
petitors are encouraged to return
to the park the next day (Sunday)
to partake in four rounds of a nine-
hole competition, across multiple
divisions for all skill levels, for an
entry fee of just $10.
South Australian ADG represen-
tative Luke Turnbull floated the idea
of holding the event with Gawler
Council in April, and remains opti-
mistic he will see a strong number
of competitors at Clonlea Park this
weekend and into the future.
"The initial thought was the disc
golf did not have sufficient profile
to garner enough interest in Gawler,
but I am hopeful that this event can
attract more than a few locals along,
as well as travelling guests from both
Adelaide and interstate," Turnbull
"Long term, if a course is estab-
lished here, I envisage us capable of
hosting 50 to 60 interstate players in
Gawler for a top-tier event on the
Disc golf follows the same for-
mat as regular golf, with players
'teeing-off ' and then trying to land
their disc in the basket in the least
amount of strokes.
There will be experienced players
present on the day to provide in-
valuable coaching, including Perth's
Kingsley Flett, who has enjoyed a
stellar year on the ADG tour with
two tournament wins and hav-
ing competed in the US Disc Golf
championships last year.
Turnbull emphasised that disc
golf is a sport for people of all ages,
sizes and abilities and encouraged
everyone to give it a try.
"It's an inexpensive sport with
a beginners' set of three discs cost-
ing just $30. We will have 20 sets
for sale on Saturday, a great way to
break up what many might consider
a boring walk through the park and,
most importantly, a huge amount of
fun," Turnbull said.
There will a prize pool of $750
over the weekend, in addition to a
fundraising barbecue and various
fun activities for newcomers of all
For more information, contact
Luke Turnbull (sa@australiandisc-
golf.com) or find the Facebook page
'SA Disc Golf '.
Gawler set to be in a spin
The initial thought
was the disc golf did not have
sufﬁcient proﬁle to garner
enough interest in Gawler,
but I am hopeful that this
event can attract more than
a few locals along, as well as
travelling guests from both
Adelaide and interstate.
Rotary Club of Gawler members Dr Bruce Eastick (left) and John Bolton met with disc golfers Luke Turnbull and Scott
Hawn earlier in the year during the early phases of planning the competition.
Gawler - too lovely to litter
ready to host
Gawler BMX Club member Reg Aunger and secretary Tracey Dowse were
busy planting more trees on Sunday as the club prepares the track for the
state championships in February.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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