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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 8, 2010 News BOMBERS AWAY: Marcus Skipper, 11, with his whip featuring Essendon colours. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Crack at the big time for Marcus KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIAN whip en- thusiasts will get cracking at tomorrow’s Royal Laun- ceston Show. About 40 competitors are expected to take part in the 2010 Tasmanian whipcracking champion- ships when they get under way at the show tomorrow. Competition organiser and whip maker Simon Martin said the champion- ships were a good way for whipcrackers to show off their skills and tricks to the general public. The competition will be held at the front of Aurora Stadium from 9.30am. For 11-year-old Marcus Skipper, tomorrow’s event will be his first whipcrack- ing competition. He started whipcracking in May after saving up his pocket money to buy his first five-foot long cow hide whip at Agfest. Marcus practises nearly every day at his home at Mole Creek. ‘‘I just like it because it’s fun,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m excited and a bit nervous.’’ Wet weather is not even enough to deter Marcus, who has been known to put out strips of carpet on the front lawn to protect his whips, so he can keep practising when con- ditions are wet. He also uses his grand- father’s old whip, which has been restored, and has now bought two four-foot long kangaroo hide whips, specifically designed to perform tricks. His new whips are red and black to match his AFL team Essendon’s colours. Each month Marcus gets together with other whipcracking enthusiasts at the East Devonport Rec- reation Centre to practise. The get-togethers are held on the third Saturday of every month from 1-4pm. Tomorrow’s champion- ship will be divided into a number of age sections. During the competition participants will perform 10 tricks and then have about one minute for a freestyle performance. They will also be tested on their whipcracking ac- curacy when they are re- quired to hit a number of targets. One of the judges tomor- row will be well-known whipcracker Ben Hughes. Anyone who wants to enter the novice class of tomorrow’s competition can register between 9am and 9.30am. Advertisement Authorised by the Commonwealth of Australia, Capital Hill, Canberra Where do I find out more? • Call1800201013 • Visit www.australia.gov.au/digitalready The analog TV signals will be switched off between 2010 and 2013, and replaced by digital TV signals. The switch off will be rolled out progressively around the country, region by region. The map and the table show you when and where the switch off will happen. When will the analog TV signals be switched off in my area? ap and the table show you when and the switch off will happen. Mildura Switched off Areas of Regional SA & Broken Hill 15 Dec 2010 Areas of Regional VIC 5 May 2011 Areas of Regional QLD 2nd Half 2011 Areas of Southern NSW & ACT 1st Half 2012 Areas of Northern NSW 2nd Half 2012 Perth, Brisbane & areas of Tasmania 1st Half 2013 Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin & Sydney 2nd Half 2013 Remote Central and Eastern Australia, Regional and Remote WA and all other areas 2nd Half 2013 PO BOX 72 COOEE TASMANIA 7320 Email) email@example.com PH) 1300 850 824 FAX) 03 64353433 Tired of inferior wet weather gear that won’t last and leaks? Try wet weather gear made for extremes. Ripguard – Tear resistant nylon range Guy Cotton – heavy duty PVC range We also supply, aprons, gumboots, knives, gloves, PPE and more! RIPGUARD u 2024263-1009242024263-100924
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