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Ballard has her recipe for records
Kurt Fearnley and Angie Ballard at the Race on Rollers launch event at City Walk.
Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Bungendore native and Australian
Paralympic stalwart Angie Ballard
was one of more than 60 Paralympic
athletes who descended on the AIS
athletics track to compete in an event
in the lead-up to the selection for Rio.
The AIS played host to the
Paralympic potentials for the GIO
Summer Down Under Wheelchair
Track and Road Racing Series on
Wednesday and Thursday, January 20
Ballard is pushing towards her fifth
showing in a Paralympic games, and
there is a clear goal in the athlete's
I'd really like to make Rio my best
paralympic performance ever,''
It's probably the first games I'll go
to where I have a really solid chance at
a gold medal and I guess that's what I
have been working towards in the back
of my mind for my whole career.''
Ballard is already the recipient of
three silver and two bronze Paralympic
medals as a result of her previous
outings but the racer has faced much
adversity in the past -- particularly
between the 2008 and 2012
instalments of the games.
I had a really rough cycle between
Beijing and London when I had a lot
of things go wrong. I had quite a time
where I wasn't healthy and I wasn't
pushing well,'' she said.
So about eighteen months out of
London, I got to a point where I felt
like there was not much point
continuing and we started again and
tried to reinvent what we were doing,
which was a huge risk at the time, but
I ended up coming away with two
silvers and a bronze, which is huge.''
Ballard said she felt like she needed
more time because she had only just
found the recipe that worked for her.
The 400 and 800 metre specialist
has had a charmed lead-up to Rio de
Janeiro, and Ballard said her
confidence has been rejuvenated after
a stellar 2015.
I broke two world records last year
and that was on my list to do this year,
and as a goal it was still in that stage
of being a dream,'' she said.
So the fact that I've done that feels
to me as though I have really turned
my career around and I have found
how to make this work.''
Bail refused on
A man has been charged with 10
offences including stalking and assault
after a shot was allegedly fired at the
window of a home in Queanbeyan.
Paul John Barnes, 46, was refused
bail at Queanbeyan Local Court last
Refusing bail, the registrar said she
had considered the safety of the
community and of the occupants, two
men and a 17-year-old woman who
were uninjured, as well as the serious,
violent nature of the charges.
She said there were no bail
conditions that would mitigate the
risks, with the accused's only place of
residence close to the victims' home.
Last Wednesday, about 1am, police
were called to a property on Fergus
Road after receiving reports a gun had
been fired at the house.
Barnes was charged with four
counts of stalking/intimidation, three
counts of common assault, two counts
of cultivating a prohibited plant and
one of possessing a prohibited drug.
TRAFFIC TO FLOW ONE
WAY DURING REVAMP
Collett Street will become one way from
January 27 for three to four months
while work is undertaken on the CBD
Stage 2 revamp. Cars will still be able to
access the Riverside Plaza car park, but
traffic will flow only from the bridge
towards the roundabout. Contractor Bost
Civil will hold an information session on
January 30, from 10am to noon, in its
site office at the former Queanbeyan
Nursery on Morisset Street.
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