>> From the past
20 years ago A TEAM from St Augustine’s College has won its section of the Tournament of the Minds at the regional heats stage in Shepparton recently.
The team of Daniel Hearn, Jayne Lilford, Kate Livingstone, Jacqui Voges, Paul Wagstaff, Michael Phillips, Abby Lyle and Georgina Manning has earned itself a place in the state finals at Melbourne’s Monash University tomorrow.
The judges at the regional heat commended the team on its obvious teamwork, humour, creativity and looking at the issue of racism through their presentation.
At Monash University, the students will work for three hours in a locked room. They are set a new problem and given a variety of things to use as props, etc.
They make their presentation to this problem in 10 minutes in a three-metre by three-metre space.
A spokesperson for the school said the students have worked very well and understand the importance of teamwork. They are used to working across ages, for the Rock Eisteddfod, productions and the Spiderwebs Youth Group have helped form this team.
They are confident presenters and believe in themselves.
The purpose of the Tournament of the Minds is to give students the opportunity to encounter challenging problems which demand experimenting and working as a group. 40 year ago KYABRAM’S veteran running marvel, Keith Marshall, is set to slice an incredible four days off the Sydney-Melbourne intercapital running record.
Barring unforseen mishaps, Marshall will reach the Melbourne Town Hall just after midday tomorrow.
This will mean he has covered the 667 miles between the capitals via the Princess Highway route in 13 and a half days - an amazing four days quicker than the record set by Tony Rafferty.
Yesterday morning, Marshall set out from the tiny township of Rosedale in Gippsland to complete the final stages of the run. Rosedale is 119 miles from Melbourne.
Marshall hoped to run 50 miles yesterday and 47 miles today to reach Dandenong in preparation for the final 27 miles run to the Melbourne Town Hall tomorrow to complete the marathon run.
Marshall’s manager Mr John Clark reported from Rosedale yesterday morning that the 51-year-old father of three was still going strong and in fact feeling fitter than he was.