Rac­ers - start Cel­e­brat­ing the life of Emma Bennett your engines

Of­fi­cial speedway rac­ing re­turns on Satur­day

Alpine Observer - - News - By BRAD WORRALL

A CEL­E­BRA­TION of Life ser­vice will be held for Wandiligong’s Emma Bennett on Satur­day.

Ms Bennett, who was once a chance to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Olympics in weightlift­ing, died from an in­fec­tion fol­low­ing a stem cell trans­plant op­er­a­tion in In­dia on Good Fri­day.

The surgery was to help Ms Bennett in her bat­tle with multiple scle­ro­sis.

The 37-year-old de­vel­oped MS when just 17 but her health de­te­ri­o­rated rapidly about two years ago.

She had hoped successful stem cell treat­ment would al­low her to walk on her own again and the com­mu­nity ral­lied to do­nate more than $45,000 to­wards the trip to In­dia.

Mum Gail Bennett, who was by her daugh­ter’s side in In­dia, said Satur­day was an op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber her life and say good­bye.

The ser­vice will be held at the Bright Me­mo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Hawthorn Lane from 1pm.

SPEEDWAY rac­ers from the hal­cyon days of the Myrtle­ford cir­cuit are be­ing urged to re­turn to the track when it re­sumes of­fi­cial rac­ing on Satur­day.

The cir­cuit, that has lain dor­mant for more than a decade was given the all clear, af­ter a club prac­tice ses­sion last month.

The rac­ing sur­face has now been widened and the walls of the cir­cuit that car­ried long forgotten sig­nage have been painted white. Work­ing bees over Easter have put the fi­nal pol­ish on the once revered rac­ing cir­cuit.

David Hogg said they wanted to have a track­side dis­play of vin­tage speedway bikes and cars as part of the re­turn to rac­ing.

“This has cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est within the speedway com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The plan is to have a theme for each race day and this will be back to Myrtle­ford – we want peo­ple who have raced at the cir­cuit to be at the first meet­ing, hope- fully with their ma­chine and the plan is they will sign a sec­tion of the wall as part of that his­tory.

“We will also have a match race be­tween two for­mer Aus­tralian side­car cham­pi­ons as part of that theme on the day it­self.”

Mr Hogg said rac­ing would shut­down over the win­ter.

“What we had hoped to do was hold the Tom Gun­son me­mo­rial, a time hon­oured race at the track, over Easter but we didn’t quite get there so that will be the first event in spring, the week be­fore the show in late Oc­to­ber,” he said.

“We’re up and run­ning now and that is the crit­i­cal is­sue, we’ll take a break over win­ter when it’s too wet and look for­ward to rac­ing over the sum­mer – bring­ing the peo­ple back to the speedway.”

Rac­ing starts at 11am on Satur­day. En­try is $ 5, food avail­able.

READY TO RACE: Ray Hogg and Joel Mor­gan test out the speedway cir­cuit ahead of the first of­fi­cial race meet­ing at the speedway in 13 years.

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