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a dream, but aspiring track and field athlete,
Liam Gander, is well on his way to becoming
a world class competitor at the London
Olympics in 2012.
Liam Gander of Holy Trinity Parish,
Newcastle is a leading athlete when it
comes to his main event -- the 100m sprint.
Under the direction of Maitland coach Tony
Fairweather, Liam, 23, is amongst the top
five sprinters in Australia.
For the past six years Liam has been
bursting out of the starting blocks with
the dream of representing Australia at the
the men's 4x100m relay team in the 2011
World Athletic Championships which were
held in Daegu, South Korea, 27 August -- 4
One step closer to his Olympic dream, Liam
acknowledges it was not easy reaching his
current level physically and mentally, and it
is not going to be easy reaching the next
level in order to qualify for London.
"Training six days a week can be tough on
your body, but what people may not realise
is that sprinting is a mental game as well,"
said Mr Gander.
uggles with this career choice,
ning and it is an added bonus
dream at the same time,"
Liam's drive and ambition as an Indigenous
athlete has made him a household name to
It has no doubt made him an inspiration
and role model to Indigenous youth,
particularly in his hometown, Moree.
"I don't see myself as a role model, I just
knew what I wanted at an early age," said
"Life goals are essential in everything if you
want to succeed."
Liam is fortunate to have travelled Australia
and most parts of Asia, competing in
various meets and gifts thanks to his
commitment to a "fast" and healthy lifestyle.
He remains convinced that there are
rewards and satisfaction when you are
determined and focused on something that
"It is important to strive and to perform at
your best in order to make the most of
yourself and of your life.
"This applies to all sorts of individuals, not
just me," says Mr Gander.
"If goals and a happy lifestyle are to be met,
commitment and passion are essential."
Liam remains confident that if he continues
his strong commitment to his training
schedule and pushes himself further, he will
be in top form in time to represent Australia
at the London 2012 Olympics.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS COUNCIL
The Catholic Schools Council,
formed in 2007, is called to provide
leadership in all areas that relate to the
nature and purpose of Catholic schools.
Independent advice is offered to Bishop
Bill in areas such as Catholic mission,
educational developments, leadership,
ethos, finance and strategic planning.
As part of a planned membership
rotation, vacancies will occur in 2012.
Interested individuals, including those
with experience from backgrounds
other than education, are encouraged
Membership decisions are based on
the expertise and experience that a
member would bring to the Council.
The work of the Council continues
between meetings, with members
involved in Standing Committees and
The Council meets five half days each
year. Please note that these positions
are honorary appointments. For further
information and application pack, please
CSC or P Executive Officer Vicki Sheriff
49791200. Applications close on 24
STEWARDING OUR RESOURCES:
DIOCESAN FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Diocesan Finance Committee (DFC)
provides advice and governance on
financial matters to Bishop Bill Wright. The
DFC is the peak advisory body in matters
of finance, property, asset management
and planning for the future.
The DFC comprises individuals with
professional expertise in areas such as
financial services and administration,
accounting, investment, property,
marketing, information technology and
law. We are seeking new members for
the DFC, and individuals who feel they
can bring a professional approach and
commercial acumen to strengthen the
financial management of the diocese are
encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates will be required to
attend eleven meetings per year. Please
note that these positions are honorary
Expressions of interest will be welcome.
Write to Sean Scanlon, Vice Chancellor
Finance & Administration, PO Box 756
Newcastle 2300, E sean.scanlon@
mn.catholic.org.au or P 4979 1167.
Nominations must be received no later
than 24 November 2011.
REAMS ARE DEESCRIBED as fantasyy -
on and drive are powerful
e in turning dreams and
fantasies into a liiving reality.
It is not often an inddividual is able to live out
Games to compete against the
world's finest track stars.
It is no surprise that with the London
Olympics just around the corner,
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"I do enjoy run
I can live this
affirms Mr Ga
Liam (left) on track
You're invited to be involved...
Two agencies of the local Catholic Church are seeking new members from the wider community.
Please consider these invitations.
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