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Bend, stretch: Nationals’ Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien took a few hints from Le-
ongatha Gymnastics’ head coach, Miranda Wilson while handing over a good sportsmanship
sign for the club to use during training and competitions recently.
By Brad Lester
DON’T be surprised if Jesse Burns be-
comes another Leongatha export to the
Australian Football League in years to
The Leongatha Green Under 12s’ rover
has just won two major awards for the Central
Gippsland Junior Football League: the best and
fairest, and the goal kicking, with 25 majors to
“I was pretty happy and excited,” Jesse said.
The rover’s latest trophies will add to the
same league awards he won when playing with
the Parrots in the Under 10 division.
Jesse’s individual success caps off a bril-
liant year for the Green team, which progressed
through the 2016 season undefeated.
“I just do what I have to do,” he said.
“I like footy. It’s just sport and it’s good, and I
like playing with my teammates. I just follow the
ball and seem to get the ball and kick goals.
“I practise my set shots but I’m not the best
His father, coach Adrian Burns, has passed on
his elite playing experience, having played with
Australian Football League clubs Essendon from
1989 to 1993 and then St Kilda in 1994, until a
knee injury forced him out of professional footy.
“I’m proud of Jesse because he works hard at
it. He’s always got a footy or a basketball in his
hands,” he said.
Burns likened his son’s playing style to that of
Geelong captain Joel Selwood: “He’s hard at it,
he reads the play well and he takes a good mark
“He’s a team player. He would not have got
these awards unless he was. I’m very proud of
how he brings other players into the game. He’s
very modest too.”
Mum Kristie deserves to take some of the
credit, having played football and basket-
ball with her son to help him refine his skills.
What does the future hold for Jesse?
The Collingwood supporter hopes to emu-
late his father and play in AFL, with any team
By Stuart Biggins
MICHELLE Harris spent six months
training for her 40th birthday in May.
And she needed to because her 40th birthday
was spent running the Great Wall Marathon in
The Great Wall Marathon is every bit as chal-
lenging as it sounds.
Not only does the run take in villages along
the 42 kilometre route, it also incorporates 5100
punishing steps – big ones – on the wall itself and
takes place in stifling mid 30s summer heat.
Harris’s first overseas marathon and the one
she had been wanting to run for as long she has
been running, the Great Wall Marathon is regard-
ed as one of the toughest in the world.
It is one of a circuit of marathons that take
in some of the planet’s most extraordinary ven-
ues: Bagan Temple in Myanmar, Petra Desert in
Jordan, Polar Circle in Greenland (known as ‘the
coolest marathon on earth’) and Big Five which
exposes runners to five icons of the African sa-
vannah – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leop-
ard: no fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates
the runners from the African wildlife.
In China, Harris came 48th overall of the 1000
She was the 11th female and second in her age
group finishing in 4.49.50.
Her time was 24.15 behind the Canadian win-
ner, Hannah Hutchinson.
Harris lives in Inverloch and trains with the
Earlybirds who set off most mornings of the week
She also trains on the rail trail and at Wilsons
“I love my running and being outside,” she
The next events in her sights are the Mel-
bourne half marathon in October followed by the
Two Bay trail run of 56 kilometres from Cape
Schanck to Arthurs Seat and back in January.
She is a woman who is passionate about fit-
ness and not just her own.
Harris leads a life which is proactive in the
sporting community and teaches Spin classes in
She has two children. Riley 11 and Chloe 9,
who can’t run, “Much to my disgust!” she laughs,
but are both good swimmers.
The Harris family moved to Inverloch from
Broadford just to Melbourne’s north nine years
“I wanted my children to grow up in a beauti-
ful place,” she said.
Reason to smile: Leongatha Green Under
12s rover Jesse Burns has won the best and
fairest, and goal kicking trophies for the Cen-
tral Gippsland Junior Football League.
Jesse named league’s best and fairest goal kicker
Sharp: Inverloch’s Michelle Harris at the finishing line of the punishing Great Wall Mara-
thon in northern China. She placed 11th in her age group Women 40 - 44.
Have a shot: a South Gippsland Field and
Game member instructs a 2015 Come and
Try D ay participant at the Hallston shooting
ground. The next Come and Try Day will be
held on Sunday, September 4.
Give clay targets a shot
SOUTH Gippsland Field and Game is
holding a Come and Try Day at its Hall-
ston range on Sunday, September 4.
Anyone interested in simulated field clay
target shooting is welcome on the day; however
children must be over 12 years of age and have
parental permission to participate.
Secretary of the club Jim Spinks said the day
will give visitors an opportunity to let the expe-
rienced team from South Gippsland Field and
Game show them a fun and sociable sport.
“All equipment and safety instruction will be
provided on the day, which will be held at 940
Leongatha-Yarragon Road Hallston,” he said.
The sport of simulated field clay target shoot-
ing requires participants to use a shotgun to shoot
at clay targets.
“The idea is that you walk around in the bush
and the clay targets are thrown out at different
angles. The aim to shoot the targets,” Mr Spinks
Interested people can just turn up on the day,
undergo the induction and get started on the sport,
there is no cost involved.
Mr Spinks said there will be membership
forms available on the day, for anyone who would
like to join the club.
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