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By Brad Lester
IN a little over a week’s time Leon-
gatha’s own Olympic hopeful, Eleanor
Patterson will prepare to jump for gold
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Australian track and field squad is still train-
ing in Florida, USA, in preparation for the Rio 2016
Games track and field events starting August 12.
Not wanting to miss out on all the fun, the Aus-
tralian athletics team all dressed up in the same
Olympic gear as the rest of the Australian squad in
Rio, and staged its own claytons ‘opening ceremo-
ny’ in an empty Florida stadium.
Athletes waved Aussie flags and took selfies be-
fore watching the official opening ceremony on TV.
Patterson traversed the globe in the lead-up to
The high jumper is renowned for winning a gold
medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and has
achieved a personal best jump of 1.96m.
She is the joint holder of the world youth title
and outright holder of the Oceania junior record.
In the lead up to the Olympics, the 20 year old
competed in Diamond League events in Europe
before heading to Florida in the United States of
America for the Australian athletics team camp.
Patterson’s high jump event starts on August 18,
She is an ambassador for multivitamin brand
Swisse, which has touted her as “the best female
high jump prospect that the world has seen for over
Patterson sealed Olympic selection for the Aus-
tralian team with a jump of 1.90m to win the 2016
She will be supported in her Olympic campaign
by coach David Green, also of Leongatha, who has
been by her side since 2008.
Patterson, nicknamed ‘Floss’, attended St Lau-
rence’s Primary School and Mary MacKillop Catho-
lic Regional College, both in Leongatha.
According to her profile on the Australian Olym-
pic team website, her favourite food is sushi. She
used to work at a sushi store in Leongatha.
The Olympic Games High Jump Final is on Sun-
day, August 21 from 9.30am. The qualifying takes
place on Thursday, August 18 from 10.50pm.
Patterson is the daughter of Helen and Mark
Patterson of Leongatha.
Olympic ambition: Leongatha’s Eleanor Patterson as she ap-
peared in an advertisement for Swisse vitamins, filmed in South
Gippsland. Photo courtesy Swisse Wellness.
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By Sarah Vella
PLANS to formalise parking
and rejuvenate the amenities
at the Walkerville foreshore
have been met with anger
from the local angling club.
The Walkerville Foreshore com-
mittee of management is in charge
of the project, which the Walkerville
Blue Water Boating and Angling Club
has loudly objected to.
Angling club spokesperson Kevin
Jones said there was no consultation
with the wider community before the
plans were drawn up.
He said the original plans for the
project, which claimed to increase car
and boat parking along the foreshore
from zero spaces to 15 spaces, were
“We would never have got this far
(into the dispute) if the original plan
wasn’t misleading,” he said.
“We have alternate plans which
will be presented to the South
Gippsland Shire Council. The plans
will be an example of what happens
when you actually consult with the
“Right now we can park 45 cars
and trailers, as well as other cars down
there. The new plans give us only 31.
We have tried to work with the fore-
Mr Jones said in the 50 years he
has been holidaying in Walkerville, he
has never seen a problem relating to
parking along the foreshore.
Mr Jones said the money allocated
to the “beautification of a car park”
would be better spent fixing the sea
“There is a major erosion prob-
lem on the foreshore and the seawall
needs to be fixed. That is something
we agree on, but leave the parking
alone,” he said.
Foreshore committee chair Bill
Bray said the $600,000 project had
been approved by the planning
minister two years ago and community
consultation was undertaken.
Mr Bray said there would be
similar parking to what is there now,
which he called “informal, haphazard
“There is such a limited space,
we have to be really conscious of
managing the area for all users, not
just the boating club,” he said.
If approved, the project would be
funded with $130,000 from VR Fish,
$130,000 from South Gippsland Shire
Council, $20,000 from the Department
of Environment, Land, Water and
Planning and around $320,000 from
the foreshore committee.
Council is expected to consider the
proposal this month.
Not necessary: Walkerville Blue Water Boating and Angling Club
spokesperson Kevin Jones has objected to plans drawn up by the Walk-
erville Foreshore committee of management to formalise parking.
Boaters reject parking plan
Shining moment: Aussie Olympic athletes
Cedric Dubler, Michelle Jenneke and Elea-
nor Patterson of Leongatha (back) pose for
a selfie as the track and field squad take part
in their own ‘opening ceremony’ in Florida,
United States of America.
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