You’re a hero or a zero in space of one metre

Afterdriving at speeds approaching 250km/hdownthe straights, scrapping the side mirror against concrete walls at 180 and jumping thecar over curbs at well over 150, the top 15 cars qualified within half a second of eachother at Townsville.
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Thatequates to around one-metre in distance between first and 15thand tells us acouple of things. Firstly, the drivers are incredibly skilful but surely in need of some form of therapy. Secondly,this is the most competitive sport in the country,where after three kilometres of near out-of-control madness, you are just an also ran ifyou’re more than one metre behind the winner.

Welcome to Brad Jones’world.

DRIVEN: Albury’s Brad Jones is a man with a plan to win a V8 Championship, saying ‘you keep getting stronger – that’s what you can then build a championship year on’.

Just make it even more interesting, American billionaire Rodger Penske lured Joneskey Driver Engineer combination of Fabian Coulthard and Phil Keens to join his DJRPenske team at the end of last season.

Despite the challenges, Jones said the first half of the year has been successful with two wins and a second from the first sevenevents.

“With change you always go through a difficult period,” Jones said from his office atBJR HQ in Albury this week.

“But I would describe the first half of the year assuccessful. Jason in the BOC car had a great start but we reallystruggled with the freightliner car at the start and getting to know Tim (Slade).

“We both ended up learning a fair bit about each other fairly quickly but now we have beenpretty successful. Even after a tough weekend like we had in Townsville where itdoesn’t suit us, we were still in the top 15, so we have consistency andresults that gives us confidence.”

With only two races left until the teams hit the showcase events of the year – Sandown500, Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 – Jones is squarely focused on more racewins and putting the team in position to challenge for a championship.

“We have two tracks coming up where we have struggled a bit – Sandown andGold Coast, but we are working on some things to minimise that,” he said.

“It’s a three-yearplan to win a championship, right now we are still getting to know Tim and he’s stillgetting to know us; my focus is to make sure he finishes the year at worst in the top 10in the championship, but ideally in the top five and we will need a strong secondhalf of the year to achieve that. You keep getting stronger; that’s what you can thenbuild a championship year on,” Jones said.

There is real momentum in the BJR camp and with brother Kim, Jones has theexperience to turn it into on track success. Once known for punchingabove its weight, other teams as well as the sport’s leading commentators nowknow that the Brad Jones Racing team is a consistent top 10performer and thenext step is to win a Supercar Championship.

For this weekend though, as the teamshead to Queensland raceway for round 8, Brad Jones will just be looking to find thatelusive half a second that will put them at the front of the field.

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Tigers far too good for Rovers

The undefeated Bungendore Tigers continued on their winning way proving too strong for the Boorowa Rovers. The final score favoured Bungendore 38-4 but didn’t really reflect the game.
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It was only in the final quarter of the match when the Tigers began to pull away from a very plucky Rovers team who just couldn’t penetrate some tough defence despite many promising raids.

Bungendore got away to a flying start leading 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

The Rovers launched a counter attack and very nearly crossed just three minutes later. A fiery blow up saw a Tigers player sent to the sin-bin.

Boorowa were quick to capitalise with Kris halls crossing wide out after some good lead up work. With the score at 10-4 Boorowa continued to mount several attacking raids but the Tigers defence held firm. Bungendore then went further aheadjust before halftime to make the score 16-4 at the break.

The second half,Bungendore scoredquickly after just three minutes to extend the lead to 22-4. The match began to get heated as both forward packs tried to dominate with some good hits. The Rovers tried hard to penetrate the Bungendore defensive line and probably deserved more points. It was Bungendore however, that raced in three tries in the final fifteen minutes to blow the score out somewhat to 38-4.

Despite the score, it was one of Boorowa’s better displays with some promising signs in attack and some willing defence. Best for Boorowa was Mick Hinds who picked up three points and was creative in attack all day. Kris Halls was also impressive picking up two points and Mr Consistency, Matt Batt got one point. Players player was Mick Hinds whilst the Fabstock award went to Justin Corkery.

In other games on the weekend, Boomanulla won a tight game 28-20 over Braidwood whilst Harden hammered the gunning Roos 52-10 and the North Canberra 54 soundly beat Crookwell 18.

This weekend’s other games see Boomanulla hosting Harden, Bungendore play Gunning and ADFA face a huge task against North Canberra. Crookwell has the bye.

The Rovers have just one home game left for the season on Saturday week when they host ADFA. One date supporters should also note is September 10 when the Ex-services club will host the Rovers presentation night. Meanwhile, this weekend get along and support the lads at Braidwood on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Then on Saturday night the boys will be back at the Courthouse to hopefully celebrate a win.

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Rams ready for race day

MEMBERS of the Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Football Club will swap their playing jumpers for racing attire at Skellatar Park next month.
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FUN FOR ALL: Muswellbrook Rams under-6 Golds’ Lachlan Mills.

And, the local organisation is extending an invitation to residents, and visitors, to attend its annual Rams Race Day on Sunday, August 7, which will be held in conjunction with the popular Bengalla Cup.

“It’s a great low cost event the whole family can enjoy and we would love everyone to come along,” Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Club publicity officer Michelle Williams said.

“The more people we have attend the meeting the merrier.

“It will no doubt be a glorious winter’s day with so much on offer.

“We’ll have free laser tag and a jumping castle for the kids, along with a reptile display, NRL games and prizes, a delicious barbecue lunch, full TAB and bar facilities, and a colouring-in station for the ‘littlies’.

“Added to that is a display of vintage cars, a coffee van, slushies, popcorn and fairy floss, temporary tattoo booth for the children as well as beautiful landscaped grounds to sit and relax.

“If you want to have a bet on the Bengalla Cup, you’ll be looked after, too.”

All the action will take place at the Muswellbrook Race Club with gates opening at 11.30am, with the first race scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

Entry is just $5 and all children will be admitted free of charge.

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Security guard head-kicker jailed after leaving country on bail breach

Martin Fulton (left) has been remanded in custody for breaching his bail. Photo: Heather McNeillThe 18-year-old man who kicked a security guard in the head at a youth festival has been sent to jail after breaching his bail conditions and leaving the country for a wedding weeks before he was due to be sentenced.
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Martin Fulton in June pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm and trespassing after he jumped the fence at the Good Life Festival on February 27 and kicked security guard Michael Rigby in the head as he was trying to restrain another man.

The incident was caught on video and went viral shortly after the festival.

Fulton was due to be sentenced on Tuesday but his lawyer revealed in court that the teenager had not completed his pre-sentencing assessment because he had left the country to attend a wedding with his family.

It was his fifth court appearance for the offence, with Mr Rigby and his supporters attending each hearing.

Outside court, Mr Rigby’s friend and fellow security guard Michael Riley said he was disappointed in the legal system that Fulton had been able to leave the country.

“This should never have happened… the case has gone on for far too long,” he said.

“[The assault] was one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen… no bones about it, he could have quite easily killed him.”

Mr Riley said he hoped Fulton received prison time when he is sentenced on August 2, claiming he had shown no remorse for the incident, and had smirked at Mr Rigby and his supporters as they left court.

Previously, another of Mr Rigby’s friends, Shane Poulton told media outside court the 56-year-old had refused an invitation from a mediator to meet with Fulton for him to say sorry, because he believed any apology would be insincere.

“The whole time we’ve been in those court rooms, the last four times now, not once has he tried to apologise,” he said.

“It’s only since the lawyer’s been involved and he’s taken a plea that this has come through… obviously the lawyer felt the need to bring in this mediator to help smooth the waters or make it easier for him.

“It was a malicious act that he purposely intended to do – he admitted [on Facebook] that he was going to go there to attack security – so at no stage do we feel he is genuine or sincere that he wants to apologise.

“We won’t listen to it if we don’t believe it’s sincere.”

Fulton will complete a verbal pre-sentencing report while in custody and is due to be sentenced on August 2.

It is not the first time the teenager has had a run-in with the law.

In 2014, the then 16-year-old was dubbed the “Hazelmere party boy” after he hosted a wild shindig at his mother’s house that had to be shut down by police.

At the time, more than 20 police, mounted police and the dog squad were forced to close the party after some of the 200 revellers pelted police with bottles.

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Fill up with ‘chilled out’ food

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When it comes to the annual Chill Out festival, some people come to ‘shop up a storm’, some for the chance to ride the heritage train, and others come for the live music and entertainment.

However, for a lot of people, Gloucester Chill Out is all about noshing on the delicious food.

This year festival-goers will have an abundance of treats to tickle their taste buds.

FABULOUS FESTIVAL FOOD: There will be plenty of heart-warming food at this year’s Chill Out festival in Gloucester, including cafes and restaurants open all day.

“We have food vendors, plus plenty of local cafes and restaurants will also be open on the day,” said festival spokesperson, Mel Williams.

Some will be serving exciting new items, while others will dish up old favourites including gingerbread and Dutch mini-pancakes.

Why not try a piping-hot German kransky from Anita’s Gourmet Food or one of their spicy nachos.

The barbeque is always popular, with its great value sausage sizzle and service with a smile.

To wash it all down, why not take the weight off your feet and spend some time in one of Gloucester’s pubs and clubs.

The town is famous for its friendly service and variety of great value food and beverage outlets.

You can also visit one of the many of festival market stalls serving hot and cold beverages.

If you prefer to buy some great food or produce to take away, head for Sugar & Spice Gourmet Foods for pre-pack spices, jams and pickles, or hunt down Trudy and Easy Lonie’s lollies, chocolates and currypacks.

The Chill Out festival offers a great chance for the business chamber to showcase the unique products and services available in and around Gloucester.

“From a food perspective, the festival provides visitors with a great opportunity to explore Gloucester and to experience our friendly hospitality,” Mel Williams said.

“There are festival ‘regulars’ who definitely come for the food alone, particularly the delicious home-made dishes and the cafe and restaurant specials.”

“You can’t come to the festival without sampling what Gloucester has to offer.”

Festival at a glance

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Scam email warning

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning businesses to watch out for scam emails that claim to be from the ACCC but in fact contain links that can infect your computer with malware.
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Several businesses have reported receiving bogus requests from the ACCC to respond to a complaint that has been made about their business, or seek payment for an infringement notice for breach of copyright.

Both scams encourage the recipient to find out more by either clicking on a link disguised as a .pdf file or responding to contact details in the email. In the first scam, the embedded link is actually a .zip file that will download malware on to your computer or device.

“The ACCC is warning people that there are scammers trying to use the ACCC’s name to try and to steal money from businesses. People should be on the lookout for ransomware, which is a type of malware that freezes your computer and demands a ransom for you to be able to access your computer again. Scammers commonly ask for bitcoins or ask you to transfer money by wire transfer but even if you pay the fee, there is no guarantee that your computer will be unlocked,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

“Fortunately, no money has been reported lost from these particular scams to Scamwatch yet. The emails are easy to spot as fakes and you can avoid falling victim by checking the email address of the sender before clicking on any links.”

“Both of the scam emails circulating are simply addressed to a non-specific ‘Business Owner’ and may contain errors. If you unexpectedly receive an email from the ACCC, do not click on any links or respond to contact details provided in the email. Instead, independently source contact details for the ACCC through an internet search or phone book,” Dr Schaper said.

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Searle gets a taste at rep level

IT is all happening lately for the Port Macquarie-Hastings Hockey Association at a representative level.
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Fresh on the back of Josh Dowrick’s appearance for Australia in South Africa earlier this month, Jacob Searle represented New South Wales at state level in Tasmania last week.

He only returned to Port Macquarie on Monday afternoon.

New South Wales took two teams to the under-18 state championships and it was Searle’s team who suffered a heartbreaking loss in the final.

Western Australia won an enthrallingfinal 2-1 in a penalty shoot out after both teams fought out an entertaining 3-all draw in normal time.

“Both teams were undefeated leading up to that,” Searle said.

“Even the first game in the whole tournament we played a 2-all draw with Western Australia.”

The team from across the Nullarbor were defending champions so while Searle and his teammates were disappointed, they were pleased with their overall performance.

It was the teenager’s first taste of hockey at a representativelevel.

“I’ve been on the fringes every year until now so it was good for me to finally break through that barrier and make this team,” he said.

“It was good exposure because I haven’t really played at such a high level before andI was happy with how I handled myself.

“It’shopefully set me up for another good tournament next year.”

Challenging conditions throughout the week made life uncomfortable for players and spectators alike.

“About half an hour away from where the fields were it was snowing one of thedays,” Searle said.

“Every day we were playing in three or four degree temperatures.”

After getting a taste of representative hockey, the 16-year-old who celebrates his 17thbirthday on Thursday said he still hadambitions of playing for Australia.

“I think that’s every kids dream and my goal is the Olympics if I could so it’ll be great watching the upcoming Rio Olympics and the Kookaburras play,” he said.

“There might be a few late nights.”

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Delight at baby’s progress

Giving back: Ian and Renée Sharpe, with children Lachlan and Ava, will be running in the City2Surf to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.The first time a baby picks up a ball or waves goodbye are moments parents cherish.
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When 16-month-old Lachlan Sharpe used his prosthetic arm to do those simpletasks, his parents were overwhelmed.

His mother, RenéeSharpe said it waswonderful to see Lachlan pick up a ball with both hands and play using his prosthetic arm.

“When he wears his prosthetic arm, he can do the same activities as any other child. If he is going to topple overhe uses the arm to break his fall,’’ she said.

“Lachlan’samputated arm hasn’t held him back.”

Proud: Ian Sharpe was overwhelmed when he saw his son Lachlan do simple tasks using a prosthetic arm. Pictures: Anna Warr

Lachlan was born with a condition known as amniotic band syndrome.

The condition, which is caused when the baby becomes entangled in the amniotic bands, meant that Lachlan’s right arm was amputated by the band when he was still in the womb.

He was born without a right hand and forearm and wasalso born 10 weeks premature.

“Lachlan fought to stay alive each day after he was born and that put his amputation in perspective. My husband and I said,‘it is only an arm, we just want him to make it through another day’,” Mrs Sharpe said.

Lachlan was fitted with a prosthetic arm at nine-months-old and his mother said he hadadapted well to using it.

“The point of having the prosthetic arm fitted at such a young age was to get Lachlan used to having that limb there,” Mrs Sharpe said.

The Leumeah residentsaid Lachlan could decide when he was older whetherhe wanted to use his prosthetic arm.

“I sometimes worry about when Lachlan goes to school because he will be different from other children but as he grows I hope he will be confident in himself and his skills,” Ms Sharpe said.

“Lachlan has already done so well and knowing his confidentpersonality and drive, I know he will be able to overcome any obstacle.”

The mother of twosaid her son was about to start walking and was a speed demon when he crawled.

“Lachlan is still young but it is amazing to watch what he can do.I hope he will adapt to his amputation even more when he gets older,” Mrs Sharpe said.

“If there is something Lachlancan’t do then we have the team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to guide and help him.”

Both Mrs Sharpe and her husband Ian are running in the City2Surf marathon on August 14 aspart of Team Bandaged Bear.

The parents decided to run in the racenot only to thank the staff for the care they have given their sonbut also to raise much needed funds for the hospital.

The Sharpe’shave already raised more than $3500 and hope to raiseeven more by race day.

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Delight at baby’s progress

Giving back: Ian and Renée Sharpe, with children Lachlan and Ava, will be running in the City2Surf to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.The first time a baby picks up a ball or waves goodbye are moments parents cherish.
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When 16-month-old Lachlan Sharpe used his prosthetic arm to do those simpletasks, his parents were overwhelmed.

His mother, RenéeSharpe said it waswonderful to see Lachlan pick up a ball with both hands and play using his prosthetic arm.

“When he wears his prosthetic arm, he can do the same activities as any other child. If he is going to topple overhe uses the arm to break his fall,’’ she said.

“Lachlan’samputated arm hasn’t held him back.”

Proud: Ian Sharpe was overwhelmed when he saw his son Lachlan do simple tasks using a prosthetic arm. Pictures: Anna Warr

Lachlan was born with a condition known as amniotic band syndrome.

The condition, which is caused when the baby becomes entangled in the amniotic bands, meant that Lachlan’s right arm was amputated by the band when he was still in the womb.

He was born without a right hand and forearm and wasalso born 10 weeks premature.

“Lachlan fought to stay alive each day after he was born and that put his amputation in perspective. My husband and I said,‘it is only an arm, we just want him to make it through another day’,” Mrs Sharpe said.

Lachlan was fitted with a prosthetic arm at nine-months-old and his mother said he hadadapted well to using it.

“The point of having the prosthetic arm fitted at such a young age was to get Lachlan used to having that limb there,” Mrs Sharpe said.

The Leumeah residentsaid Lachlan could decide when he was older whetherhe wanted to use his prosthetic arm.

“I sometimes worry about when Lachlan goes to school because he will be different from other children but as he grows I hope he will be confident in himself and his skills,” Ms Sharpe said.

“Lachlan has already done so well and knowing his confidentpersonality and drive, I know he will be able to overcome any obstacle.”

The mother of twosaid her son was about to start walking and was a speed demon when he crawled.

“Lachlan is still young but it is amazing to watch what he can do.I hope he will adapt to his amputation even more when he gets older,” Mrs Sharpe said.

“If there is something Lachlancan’t do then we have the team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to guide and help him.”

Both Mrs Sharpe and her husband Ian are running in the City2Surf marathon on August 14 aspart of Team Bandaged Bear.

The parents decided to run in the racenot only to thank the staff for the care they have given their sonbut also to raise much needed funds for the hospital.

The Sharpe’shave already raised more than $3500 and hope to raiseeven more by race day.

To donate:city2surf2016.everydayhero南京夜网/au/lachlansharpe​

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Dolphins to ‘close the gap’

CULTURAL CONNECTION: Dolphins’ Madison Farrell, Scotty Reay, Jordan Farrell, Dylan Farrell, Jack Loveday, Luke Colgate and Zoe Bryce. Photo: COURTNEY WARDTHE Culburra Dolphins senior rugby league football club will be hosting an Indigenous round on Sunday, August 7 at Crookhaven Oval to celebrate ‘closing the gap’.
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Celebrations will get underway at 11am with a‘welcome to country and a smoking ceremony’followed by the Jerrinja Dance Group.

Three games are scheduled, with the under 18s kicking all the action offat 11.30 am.

Women’s League Tag will then kick-off at 1pm, before the maingame of third grade starting at 2pm.

There are also activities planned for the half-time breaks of under 18s and WLT, with the Cullunghutti Choir entertaining the crowd at half-time of the third grade match.

Event co-ordinator Darryl Farrell was excited his club have got behind such a great idea.

“The Indigenous round is an opportunity to pay tribute to the many Indigenous players and communities that play a vital role within rugby league and the wider community,” he said.

“It is also an opportunity to share our culture with the wider community and celebrate as one.

“The jerseys, which look amazing,were designed by Jordan Ardler from the Dharawal people of La Parouse.

“Jordan is in her final year of graphic design at University andher art is inspired by imagery and her surroundings rather than story telling.

“Jordan is also a very talented artist andwe very grateful for her help with the jersey design.”

The canteen and barbecue will be running on the day and there is ample car parking available.

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NSW Farmers: unanimous opposition to backpacker tax

NSW Farmers delegateshave votedunanimously to oppose the Federal Government’s 32.5 per cent backpacker tax hike and seek a new solution.
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A lively policy debate played outat the Association’s annual conference in Sydney this afternoon, with delegates’frustrations ringing clear overthe government’s stance.

Producers reeled whengovernment announcedin its 2015/16 budgetthat it would abolish the $18,200tax-free threshold on backpackers and set a flat tax rate of 32.5 per cent.

Farmers fearimpacts to seasonallabour supply and wastage ofunpicked fruit and vegetables, which the conference heard would “create a crisis” in the industry.

Today’sconference motion, put forward by the Association’s Bathurst branch and supported unanimously, called for renewed efforts to seek a“reasonable, measured”solution.

“I don’ think we can afford to lose this valuable workforce,” said Bathurst delegate David McKay

“I can tell you we will lose people to NZ – where they have a 10 per centtax rate.”

Delegates rejected anamendmentfora flat rate tax of 15 per cent with notax-free threshold – which isthe practice in the shearing industry.

An amendmentfor zero tax was also rejected.

Under current 417 working holiday visa conditions, backpackers are eligible for a tax-free threshold of $18,200 then pay a rate of 19pc up to $37,000 and 32.5pc up to $80,000.

In Maygovernment said it woulddefer the tax for six months until January 1 2017.

It’s estimated the average working holiday maker earns about $15,000 while in Australia.

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Ag 2016: South West farmers look to the future

IN the Ag 2016 special publication, distributed as an insert inThe Standard on July 21,the focus is on our local agriculture endeavours, their successes and challenges over the year.
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Click on the image to read Ag 2016 magazine.

DAIRY OUTLOOKDAIRY farmers in the SouthWest region are preparing fora tough 12 months as farm gateprices are slashed to belowcost of production.

Farmers are preparing forat least a year of tightenedbelts, hoping to be ableto ride out the low pricesby cutting stock numbers,reducing labour used on farmand reducing the number ofmilking sessions per day.

United Dairy farmers ofVictoria (UDV) has statedthe times are desperate formany dairy farmers across theregion, who will be rallyingtogether as much as possibleto try to assist each other, andthe industry, through this time.

UDV has encouragedfarmers to make the mostof the Taking Stock andTactics for Tight Timesprograms, available throughlocal regional developmentprograms (see page 21 fordetails).

FINDING A NICHETHERE are farmers in theSouth West region exploringalternative forms of farming,which are finding nichemarkets for products outsidethe traditional mould.

Innovation and explorationare in train to capturenew markets and engageconsumers in new ways (seeone farmer’s growing snailenterprise on page 9).

Australia’s fascination withcooking shows and the gourmetlifestyle continues unabated,offeringopportunities to temptthe nation’s palate. SouthWest’s farmers are up for thechallenge, finding new waysto distribute and engage theconsumer.

SHEEPVENTIONDRAWING more than 25,000visitors each year, Hamilton’sSheepvention event continuesto grow.

Offering a mix ofcompetition, animal sales,entertainments, food andfashion, this year’s eventon August 1 and 2 will be ashowcase of the South Westand Australia’s history ofsheep farming (see pages10-13 for more).

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Delight at baby’s progress

Giving back: Ian and Renée Sharpe, with children Lachlan and Ava, will be running in the City2Surf to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.The first time a baby picks up a ball or waves goodbye are moments parents cherish.
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When 16-month-old Lachlan Sharpe used his prosthetic arm to do those simpletasks, his parents were overwhelmed.

His mother, RenéeSharpe said it waswonderful to see Lachlan pick up a ball with both hands and play using his prosthetic arm.

“When he wears his prosthetic arm, he can do the same activities as any other child. If he is going to topple overhe uses the arm to break his fall,’’ she said.

“Lachlan’samputated arm hasn’t held him back.”

Proud: Ian Sharpe was overwhelmed when he saw his son Lachlan do simple tasks using a prosthetic arm. Pictures: Anna Warr

Lachlan was born with a condition known as amniotic band syndrome.

The condition, which is caused when the baby becomes entangled in the amniotic bands, meant that Lachlan’s right arm was amputated by the band when he was still in the womb.

He was born without a right hand and forearm and wasalso born 10 weeks premature.

“Lachlan fought to stay alive each day after he was born and that put his amputation in perspective. My husband and I said,‘it is only an arm, we just want him to make it through another day’,” Mrs Sharpe said.

Lachlan was fitted with a prosthetic arm at nine-months-old and his mother said he hadadapted well to using it.

“The point of having the prosthetic arm fitted at such a young age was to get Lachlan used to having that limb there,” Mrs Sharpe said.

The Leumeah residentsaid Lachlan could decide when he was older whetherhe wanted to use his prosthetic arm.

“I sometimes worry about when Lachlan goes to school because he will be different from other children but as he grows I hope he will be confident in himself and his skills,” Ms Sharpe said.

“Lachlan has already done so well and knowing his confidentpersonality and drive, I know he will be able to overcome any obstacle.”

The mother of twosaid her son was about to start walking and was a speed demon when he crawled.

“Lachlan is still young but it is amazing to watch what he can do.I hope he will adapt to his amputation even more when he gets older,” Mrs Sharpe said.

“If there is something Lachlancan’t do then we have the team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to guide and help him.”

Both Mrs Sharpe and her husband Ian are running in the City2Surf marathon on August 14 aspart of Team Bandaged Bear.

The parents decided to run in the racenot only to thank the staff for the care they have given their sonbut also to raise much needed funds for the hospital.

The Sharpe’shave already raised more than $3500 and hope to raiseeven more by race day.

To donate:city2surf2016.everydayhero南京夜网/au/lachlansharpe​

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