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Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

‘‘If you put your mind to some­thing you can do it.’’

That was the mo­ti­va­tional mes­sage from Echuca jour­nal­ist So­phie Bald­win to Tues­day night’s ‘Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Mo­ti­va­tion’ night at De­niliquin Golf Club.

Ms Bald­win took the au­di­ence through her emo­tional jour­ney from sur­viv­ing a mar­riage break-up to com­pet­ing in one of Aus­tralia’s ma­jor iron­man com­pe­ti­tions at Palm Cove, in June this year.

She had an em­pa­thy with the pre­dom­i­nantly ru­ral-based crowd, hav­ing spent 24 years on a dairy farm.

Ms Bald­win ex­plained that com­pet­ing in the iron­man event was not about be­ing a great ath­lete, but rather prov­ing to her two girls that if you put your mind to some­thing you can do it.

She re­called dif­fi­cult times work­ing on the land and ac­knowl­edged that at present “times were tough”.

Now, as a jour­nal­ist, she sees the strug­gles which many peo­ple face but urged ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance to “put your head down and bum up . . . (be­cause) we will get through this”.

Linda Fawns and Shel­ley Scoullar at the ‘Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Mo­ti­va­tion’ night.

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