Mo­ments that helped shape year

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JAN­UARY

Mullewa Bowl­ing Club’s youngest-ever player claimed vic­tory at the an­nual Batavia Bowl­ing League’s Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons pairs round.

The duo of Vince Knight and 12-year-old Ai­den McAuliffe took the win­nings af­ter two days of bowl­ing.

FE­BRU­ARY

Ger­ald­ton’s much-an­tic­i­pated pre-sea­son game be­tween the West Coast Ea­gles and the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers hosted at Won­thella Oval.

The AFL teams bat­tled in steamy con­di­tions in front of an 8800-strong crowd but it was the Ea­gles who came away with a 55-point win.

MARCH

State and in­ter­na­tional wa­ter polo player Eliesha Browne played in not one but two Ger­ald­ton Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade teams.

Browne played for the 2016-17 sea­son in the women’s and the men’s A-grade teams.

APRIL

Ger­ald­ton trainer Sarah Childs won her first Don­gara Cup on Satur­day April 15 af­ter Vi­tal Art pow­ered through to claim the 1850m fea­ture race.

MAY

Don­gara karate su­per­star Olivia Clif­ford took out the 59kg open ti­tle in Syd­ney to be­come Aus­tralia’s No.1 fe­male.

The 17-year-old also took gold in the all-schools and the ju­niors and is now look­ing at her chances for the 2020 Olympics in Ja­pan.

JUNE

Thou­sands of cow­boys and cow­girls flocked to the Mid West for the WA Day long week­end to wit­ness the thrills and spills of the Mullewa Muster.

AU­GUST

Carnar­von Race Club claimed an ex­tra­or­di­nary world record, with fe­male jock­eys win­ning 30 con­sec­u­tive races at the coun­try track.

The club ap­plied for the world record through Guin­ness World Records.

SEPTEM­BER

Don­gara hosted the sec­ond an­nual Deni­son Fore­shore Sprint boast­ing a fleet of clas­sic cars for the event, which has be­come a ma­jor event in the world of Mid West mo­tor­sports.

The race was open to pre-1985 cars only and drew in 47 driv­ers from across WA.

OC­TO­BER

Don­gara Horserid­ing Club hosted its an­nual Bush­man’s Gymkhana with 50 horses and rid­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing from as far as Carnar­von and the Gas­coyne Junc­tion.

NOVEM­BER

Carnar­von Am­a­teur Swimming Club hosted 138 swimmers from across WA at the Gas­coyne Open.

Sev­eral swimmers recorded per­sonal bests, in­clud­ing Bri­anna Voigt (Kar­ratha Am­a­teur Swimming Club) and Mathijs Travasso (Ger­ald­ton) who were in­di­vid­ual stand-outs.

DE­CEM­BER

The in­au­gu­ral Mid West cricket tal­ent car­ni­val was played at GBSC Sports Park on De­cem­ber 8 and 9 show­cas­ing the finest ju­nior crick­eters.

Pic­ture: Richard Hath­away

Toby Leake rides De­mo­li­tion Man.

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Re­gan Bas­sett, from Carnar­von, at an un­der-12s divi­sion pool match.

Sally O’Brien rides Bin­nia Blush. Pic­ture: Jus­tine Rowe

Pic­ture: Natasha Gil­martin

El­lie Cock­ram

Don­gara’s Olivia Clif­ford, left, eyes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Eliesha Browne is flanked by B52’s team­mates.

The 2017 Gas­coyne Open. Pic­ture: Carnar­von Am­a­teur Swimming Club

Jon Gall and Danielle Baker Pic­ture:

Deni­son Fore­shore Sprint.

Pic­ture: Joe Crid­dle

Ai­den McAuliffe

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Josh Kennedy

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