Hi all

1 2010 Local Eureka Events

The EU executive has scheduled 7 local events from April to October – all within 10 minutes drive from Sovereign Hill!

These low-key events will be held on Saturdays with start times from 10-12 noon. Each event will use the new Eureka SI system – so bring your SI stick or borrow one from the club on the day. Full-colour maps at scales from 1:5000 to 1:10,000 will be used to show the detail in these parkland and bush areas within the city limits. Roch Prendergast, our new Secretary, will be making several new maps and coordinating the series with help from club members on the day. Please put these dates in your diary.

17 April Lake Esmond (new map)

1 May Sebastopol Wetlands (new map)

29 May Brown Hill / Nerrina Wetlands

19 June Pax Hill Camp / Canadian Forest North

24 July Black Hill (used only at the DuO n January)

21 August Damascus College – Mt Clear Campus (new map)

16 October University of Ballarat

2 Grant Lebbink Selected for 2010 MTB WOC in Portugal

The OA Executive approved at the weekend a 9–strong mtbo team for the World Championships July 11-17 in Montalegre, Portugal. Grant first represented Australia in 2002 in the MTB WOC in Fontainebleau, France as a 24-year old when Emily Viner (now residing in Canberra) won Australia’s first Silver Medal in the Long-Distance Championship. Selected again in 2006 in the Australian team, Grant was unable to take up the selection due to work commitments. So after riding strongly in the 2009 Selection Trials at Woodend and regularly competing in mtb events around the state during 2009 and early 2010, Grant finished 6th and 3rd at the 2010 Selection races in NSW to make the team again as a 32 year old. The strong men’s team of Adrian Jackson, Alex Randall, Steven Cusworth and Grant – all Victorians – will carry the flag for Australia. So “good luck” and trust that Grant will be able to ride well in the tough hilly conditions expected in Portugal.

3 Emily and Tom Are Proud Parents!

Emily (née Viner) and Tom Walter are the proud parents of Mica Leo Walter – born on March 15th – weighing just over 7 lbs. We hope to see the Walter family down in Ballarat in the next 3 months so we can get a first-hand look at young Mica. He’ll probably be on his first scooter bike by then!

4 Eureka storeroom taking shape

Latest news on our new equipment store at the East Leisure Centre is that the concrete stumps are in place so the floor and walls are next. Our builder expects it will be a matter of a few days – maybe as early as the end of April – to have the new storeroom to the lock-up stage. Then we’ll have several EU working bees to fit out the shelves, paint the place, and move the equipment from 6 York Street. Keep checking your emails to see when you can get in on the final stages of this long-anticipated move.

5 Eureka at Easter

Several members will be heading north to Canberra for the annual 3-Days Easter competitions in and around Canberra. Roch, Judy, and Aislinn, Tom and Lesley, Chris and Glenda, Peter J, and the Lawfords (Geoff, Jenny, Belinda and Ian) will be there. EU wish them well – and hope a resounding “Eureka” will be heard several times at the presentations on Easter Monday!

Cheers, Blake