Can­berra hears of Tolmie Sports

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) praised the an­nual 128th Tolmie Sports Day to fel­low politi­cians in Can­berra re­cently.

Ad­dress­ing the Can­berra ses­sion, Ms McGowan said this day is an in­sti­tu­tion in Indi and people travel from all over the elec­torate, from in­ter­state and even from Mel­bourne to at­tend.

“Tolmie is a small ru­ral com­mu­nity perched on the well named Tolmie Plateau — north of Mans­field and east of Be­nalla — with sweep­ing views across to Mount Buller and the Great Aus­tralian Alps,” Ms McGowan said.

“As you would imag­ine, sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on a day such as this are many and var­ied.

“They in­clude the very pop­u­lar wood­chop­ping, where world cham­pi­ons bat­tle it out; the award­ing of the Ju­nior Miss Tolmie and Mr Tiny Tot ti­tles; the ball-in-the-bar­rel com­pe­ti­tion; egg toss­ing; dog jump­ing; am­a­teur cross­cut saw; the Old Buf­fer’s Race; and gum­boot toss­ing, which is a tra­di­tion that sees kids, ladies, men and tiny tots bat­tling it out for recog­ni­tion.

“One of the high­lights of this year’s sports day was the award­ing of life mem­ber­ship to the re­tir­ing state mem­ber for Be­nalla, Bill Sykes.

“Indi is renowned for the strength of its com­mu­ni­ties and the Tolmie Sports Day shows com­mu­nity at its best.”

PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

AT­TEND­ING TOLMIE: Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) at the re­cent Tolmie Sports Day with Mr Tiny Tot Rob­bie Ma­hon.

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