Bit of a shame, as nice as it might’ve been seen for tourism etc… locals in Newcastle East itself aside, the eastern beaches often seem the only thing east of Honeysuckle that feels alive in central Newy these days, and losing easy access to that (I guess the light rail is there but still) in the midst of summer seems slightly daft to me.
I don’t really see it returning in the short term either, which puts the ball back in the state government’s court - they are talking about putting in an extra Bathurst round, like when the Adelaide 500 was canned.
The constitution was adopted by eight votes to one at a special general meeting of swimming’s governing body in Australia.
In a statement, Swimming Australia said the “new constitution introduces a range of reforms aimed at delivering a more stable overall environment for the sport and better outcomes from the grassroots and community level through to high-performance”.
Under the old constitution, nine member associations made up of the six states and the Northern Territory as well as the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association and the Australian Swimmers Association had the power to make decisions about the organisation and elect board members.
Under the new constitution, there will be at least 21 voting members.
Swimming Australia must create an Athletes Commission which will nominate candidates to sit as Athlete Director on Swimming Australia’s board.
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Rangers shortstop Corey Seager was named the World Series MVP. He is the fourth player to win two World Series MVPs, the second to win World Series MVP with two different teams, and the first player ever to win in both the American and National Leagues.
The Canadian code is the older of the two - and retains some links to rugby in the rules. Especially open field kicks - like at the end of the Grey Cup highlights - if a Winnipeg player behind the kicker recovers that kick and walks in to the end zone - that’s a touchdown.
It’s the version I prefer because it feels like a faster game.
It also doesn’t help the “fitting the running track” stuff that Canadian gridiron fields of play are 110 yards long (the same as rugby, of course metricated now) and not 100 like American football.
So 150 yards/137 metres between dead ball lines… I also wouldn’t be surprised if that’s also why the Canadian field is slightly narrower than what rugby is - at about 59m, it at least provides some compromise (particularly at uni sport level, but also at times in the CFL - and the stadium the Alouettes use is owned by McGill Uni, having moved out of Olympic Park a while ago) where you have to play inside a running track [which is a roughly 73m infield], as a 68-metre wide rugby field likely wouldn’t at that length.
It does make American gridiron (at 49 metres wide) look ridiculously cramped though!
Imperial vs metric a bit more mixed than you’d expect, colloquially (at least in Anglophone parts) at least if not officially. But in the case of Canadian gridiron, it’s probably a case of “if it ain’t broke…” but also probably affected by cross-pollination between the two codes.
Even changing the 10 yards for a new set of downs to 9 or 10 metres would have a big impact on statistics and all that - and I suspect that is the bigger stumbling block than the dimensions themselves, as they could otherwise do what soccer did: metricate everything to be equivalent to the yardage values, then say the metric values are authoritative. “First and 9.15” doesn’t quite work I guess