Profile: Stacey McManus

Stacey (sitting) surrounded by her team mates after being injured in the last innings. Photo: Alice Antonov

Australia’s had very good luck playing softball internationally and one of the players who represents our country on the national team, Aussie Spirit, was kind enough to let me interview her. Local Shire girl Stacey McManus, 24, has represented Australia for three consecutive years and juggles a job, playing with three teams (locally, state and nationally), coaching and her education successfully. Continue reading

Photo Story: Sutherland Shire Softball

A popular sport amongst young girls and boys, softball has started its season again in the Sutherland Shire (it’s Week 6), with local clubs playing weekly each Saturday on the Captain Cook Oval. More often ignored for more popular sports such as netball and football, the focus on softball should be raised as it’s a sport for all skill levels and ages.

At the 12:30pm A Grade game on Diamond 1, the Southern Storm played the Endeavour Wave. The score was 7-6 to the Wave. Continue reading

Perspectives on Pink Ribbon Day

PRD 2013

Each year, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month , turning shopping centres pink with various products aimed to raise money for research. National Pink Ribbon Day is on the 28th of October. One way to raise money is to have a “Girls’ Night In” where a group of friends gather to have fun and donate money towards the cause.

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The Hard Road to Peace

Source: Google images

Relations with the Indigenous Australian community have never been easy and the release of the new modern-crime movie Mystery Road coincidentally ties together with Canada’s Reconciliation Week, in which Aboriginal Australians meet with Aboriginal Canadians who were treated much the same by settlers. Continue reading

Shire Water Quality Leads to Unhappy Residents

Source: The Budget Wanderers
Source: The Budget Wanderers

The State of the Beaches report for 2012-2013 has been published with some poor results regarding a few beaches, estuaries and lakes in southern Sydney. The Sutherland Shire, or “God’s country”, is known for its beauty and questionable opinions on certain races of people. Its well-known Cronulla beaches are visited year-round by tourists, but residents had a somewhat rude awakening as beaches within Gymea and Oatley have been rated poorly. Continue reading

Absence Makes the Brain Grow Sharper?


Taking gap years is standard for many Aussie students, with no one batting an eye when a 17 or 18 year old pronounces they want to defer studying and travel or work for a year. It’s now come out that taking gap years may actually be beneficial for students and that their university grades are higher than those of students who didn’t take a gap year. Continue reading

Hello to JOUR101

So I’m taking another blogging-required subject this semester. JOUR101: Introduction to Journalism. I’ve made a new category for the subject so that’s where you’ll find all of my blogging for Journalism.

I have an assignment on blogging for this topic, so expect to see a tonne of posts about whatever it is I’ll be blogging about.