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How did you react when you heard the news about Miles
becoming Australia's new under-23 time trial and road
race champion? I guess relief; he'd set
it as a pretty big goal for this year.
He medalled last year, but he
was hoping for a better nal
result. So I was really excited,
but I was also a bit relieved.
I guess the result wasn't
as surprising for you,
because you knew how hard he
had prepared for it? He had worked
particularly hard for this one. He had been
very attentive to his diet, because it was a hilly
course, which doesn't necessarily suit him.
So he dropped a little bit of weight for it, and even though
he's got a lot of track commitments still, he trained really
How con dent was he heading into the race?
I think he felt he was as best prepared as he probably could
be. I know he said there wasn't any more than he could've
How do you think this win rates against some of his other
achievements? He has a senior world title on the track, but
this was his rst Australian individual senior championship.
He's had an Australian championship on the track for team
pursuit and for the Madison, which is another team event. So
the two wins are both individual national championships, so
it makes it a bit special.
Where does all the cycling talent come from because his
brother, Callum, is also an impressive cyclist? Were you
and Miles' dad both cyclists? We were, we met through
cycling actually, but we were very amateurish competitors.
We raced a little bit, but on a very local scale.
Is there a fair bit of rivalry between Miles and Callum?
There's not actually, they're really supportive of each other.
Until Callum moved into under-23 this year, they've not
directly competed with each other because they've been in
di erent age groups.
So this has thrown them head to head, but they are
particularly supportive of each other, which I'm really happy
about because not all siblings are.
What do you think is the next step for Miles now? He
would like to get a start in the Tour Down Under, but that
won't be announced until this week and there's a number of
riders in the running for the UniSA team.
So I guess that would be the most immediate goal for him.
SIXT Y SECS
With Evanston Park cycling superstar
Miles Scotson's mum, Donna, who spoke about
her son's recent achievements at the
under-23 national championships.
Photographer Howard Wright captured this image of Enchantress competing during the 2014 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. For more of his photos visit imagephoto.com.au
PHOTO: Howard Wright/IMAGE professional photography
GAWLER ophthalmologist John
Willoughby braved the blustery
seas recently to skipper his yacht
'Enchantress' to a solid finish in the
2014 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
The 66-year-old led his crew to a 19th-
placed overall finish, from a fleet of 118
yachts, and a fourth placing in their divi-
Enchantress' crew members each average
around 45 years of sailing experience, yet
had only ever completed one race together
prior to the Sydney to Hobart.
"We all enjoyed it, we had a great time,"
"We're not professional sailors, we've all
got day-time jobs, but we all understand
enough about sailing to do okay.
"Practising drills, like putting up and
bringing down spinnakers, and things like
that, we really hadn't done much as a team
together, but we did pretty well."
Enchantress, a 31-year-old wooden
yacht, was met with heavy winds on the
first day of racing, which saw it slip to
59th position in the early stages.
However, favourable conditions over
the following two days saw it quickly close
in on the leaders.
"We clawed our way up and when we
got to Tasman Island we were in third po-
sition," Willoughby said.
"We're a good downwind boat...we go
really well when it's blowing really hard
"We put up a spinnaker when it was
blowing 35 knots and we started really
chasing down the leaders."
It was in similar conditions that
Enchantress won the Melbourne to Ho-
bart Yacht Race in 2010.
But just as Enchantress continued to
press on a large, threatening cloud put a
halt to its progress.
"We hadn't seen one like it before so we
took our sails down," Willoughby said.
"The clouds that came out turned out
to be a band of fog and didn't change
In a tragic turn of events, Enchantress
was also one of seven yachts that diverted
to help search for a light plane that crashed
while taking aerial photographs of the race
-- sadly, both the pilot and passenger per-
ished in the accident.
"We looked around to see if there was
anyway we could find anything or help,
but the plane just went down pretty clean
and didn't leave any debris," Willoughby
"We resumed the race...but didn't get
the same weather and lost our mojo a bit
and found it difficult to get back into the
This year is the second time Willoughby
has competed in the race, finishing 17th
overall in 2012.
Having taken up sailing some 51 years
ago, he was asked why he still enjoys the
"I guess, getting away from all the pres-
sures of work," he said.
"You just disappear; you get out of range
of mobile phones and you just get into the
peace of just battling the weather."
RUNNING a greyhound racing team
is an intense solo effort, but Adelaide
trainer Bill Wudarczyk and owner
Alex Zurawski have found a fresh ap-
proach with their syndicate-owned
debut winner Lady Xanthe.
In race three's 388m open maiden stake at
Angle Park last Tuesday, Lady Xanthe found
the rail early to shut out any challenges and
storm home to a five-length win.
Lektra Dave, for Murray Bridge trainer
Wendy Mattcott, and Smashed Dip, for
Lewiston's Rebecca McCauley-Fry, filled
the minor placings.
So far in his greyhound racing career
Wudarczyk has trained and ran his own
However, on this occasion, he chose to
diversify the ownership of Lady Xanthe to
a syndicate in an arrangement he believes
can help make the sport more inclusive
to new participants and draw upon some
extra experience from people already in
Wudarczyk has even introduced his
next-door neighbour to greyhound rac-
ing this way.
Lady Xanthe, which was purchased
from local breeder Peter Luxton, noted
for his 'City Strike Rate' award in the
2011 Greyhound of the Year awards, is
the syndicate's first winner since its for-
mation in 2011.
Wudarczyk identified her straight away
as a natural runner and decided to run
her over 388m.
He usually prefers 500m runners,
however the shorter distance has fa-
voured Lady Xanthe and Wudarczyk
plans to run her over the 400m at
Gawler on the completion of its redevel-
When asked about racing at the soon-
to-be completed new Gawler facility,
Wudarczyk said that is was a "good step
forward" as it would make for a more
comfortable and happier experience for
This is a good sign that the new devel-
opment will not only benefit local train-
ers, but be attractive to city and interstate
Trainer's honours went to Oswald
Chegia, from Sellicks Beach, who man-
aged two winners for the day in Elira Jane
and Ritza Tiger.
Gawler racing returns to Angle Park
next Tuesday while final essential works
are completed on the new Gawler devel-
Racing is due to return to Gawler in
February, but until then we'll see you at
Teamwork pays o for trainer
Syndicate member Alex Zurawski with
Lady Xanthe following her win at Angle
Park last Tuesday.
Enchantress' crew (from left):
Lisa Bettcher, Noel Swan,
John Willoughby, Mike Lane,
Greg Pearce; (Absent) George
Holland, Neil Parker and Peter
Mumford. PHOTO: Supplied
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