WineMudgee’s great bunchJohn Lewis

SUCCESS: Veteran vigneron Malcolm Roth, whose Westcourt 2016 Riesling was champion wine of the 2017 Mudgee Wine Show, with Mudgee Winemaker of the Year award-winner Jacob Stein of Robert Stein Wines.MUDGEEhas had more than its share of booms and busts since the first wine grapes were planted 160 years ago, but today there’s a spirit of optimism, excitement and innovation abroad.
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That spirit evidenced in the wake of the 2017 Mudgee Wine Show, as Mudgee Wine Association showed great initiative by sending wine writers samples of the trophy winners.

In tasting the wines and I’ve been impressed how makers large and small are pushing boundaries. Boutique brands are adding panache and they won seven of the 17 show trophies – with the Westcourt 2016 Mudgee Riesling being crowned show champion, best white and best other than chardonnay and semillon white.

Westcourt is owned by 79-year-old Malcolm Roth, the great grandson of Mudgee winemaking founder Adam Roth and the triple-trophy riesling sells for $25 onvisitmudgeeregion苏州夜总会招聘.au/wineries-cellardoors.

Another fine boutique wine is the Naked Lady 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, judged the best cabernet sauvignon and reviewed below. The vineyard at Bylong Valley Way, Rylstone, gets its name from the naked lady lily, the South African-origin amaryllis belladonna bulb, that grows abundantly on the land.

The vineyard was planted in 2000 and bought in 2013 by wine enthusiasts and former Sydney optical business owners Mike and Diane Quaife.

A lone oak tree and plans for a relaxing country lifestyle led Paula Hanson and David Riley to pick the name Lazy Oak for the 10-hectare Sills Lane, Eurunderee, vineyard they bought in 2015.The pair, a Mudgee diesel mechanical supervisor and a former grief education officer, shed ideas of lazy days in the face of a growing fascination with winegrowing, now rewarded by the bestrosétrophy to the$24Lazy Oak 2017 MerlotRosé, selling onlazyoak苏州夜总会招聘.au.

With ace young winemaker Jacob Stein at the helm, the Stein label has become an area flagship – a status bolstered at Mudgee judging when Jacob was declared winemaker of the year and the company won trophies for most successful exhibitor, best semillon and best museum white. The semillon was the Robert Stein 2017 Aged Release Semillon, reviewed below, and limited stocks of the best museum white 2009 Riesling ($80) are atrobertstein苏州夜总会招聘.authe Mudgee cellar door.

Bunnamagoo Estate, owned by the Paspaley family of pearling fame, won the best museum red trophy with its 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot and the best sweet white trophy with the $25 2016 Autumn Semillon.

The latter is atbunnamagoowines苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Henry Lawson Drive, Mudgee, cellar.

Bunnamagoo has vineyards at Mudgee and at the historic 2000-hectare spread at the Central Tablelands village of Rockley.

Wine reviewsTOP MUDGEE SEMILLONTHISRobert Stein 2017 Aqed Release Semillonwon’t be officially released until 2019, but is available now on requestatrobertstein苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Pipeclay Lane, Mudgee, winery.It is pale straw and has honeysuckle scents and crisp lemon front-palate flavour. The middle palate has green apple, sherbet and gunmetal and a slatey acid finish. PRICE: $30. DRINK WITH: oysters. AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 5 stars

A SPICY NAKED LADYWITH 14% alcohol, theNaked Lady 2015 Cabernet Sauvignonshines bright garnet in the glass, has bouquet garni scents and spicy blackberry front-palate flavour. Maraschino cherry, licorice, mint and mocha oak marry on the middle palate and chalky tannins play at the finish. Get it onnakedladywines苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Rylstone cellar door.PRICE: $45. DRINK WITH: lamb koftas. AGEING: six years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

OATLEY DOUBLE ACTFITTINGLY this Oatley group’sMontrose 2015 Stony Creek Chardonnaywon the Bob Oatley trophy as Mudgee’s top chardonnay.It’s green-tinted straw and has almond scents and ripe peach on the front palate. The middle palate has fig, citrus, mineral and cashew oak and a flinty acid finish. Atrobertoatley苏州夜总会招聘.au, shops and Craigmoor winery.PRICE: $22.95. DRINK WITH: paella. AGEING: five years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

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Darryl McLellan back in winners’ circle after track fall setback

COMEBACK: Darryl McLellan at Newcastle Racecourse in November during his recovery from hip replacement surgery. Picture: Jonathan CarrollGroup 1-winning Newcastle jockey Darryl “Digger” McLellan is aiming to build his fitness after a successful but delayed second comeback on the weekend.
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McLellan, 47, rode Givem Hell to victory for former Scone trainer Toby Edmonds in the first at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

It was the now Queensland-based hoop’sfirst race ride since November 4 last year, after which he returned to Newcastle to have hip replacement surgery.

McLellan hadreturned to racing in August, after almost six years on the sidelines, and startedwith eight winners in 49 rides. A shoulder injury and surgeriesfrom a race fall onBoxing Day2011 at Newcastle had derailed his career.

Before his 2011 fall, McLellanrode more than 1000 winners, including group 1s on Magic Of Money in the 1995 The Galaxy and the 2002 Sydney Cup on Henderson Bay.He also took Lonhro to victory in the 2001Warwick Stakes.

The popular jockey was glad to finally return tothe races after a frightening track work accident in his first week back on the job postponed his comeback.

“It’s fine,” McLellan said of his hip.

“It was good, getting a winin my first ride back, so it was brilliant.

“I got put back a bit because I had a track work incident and it put meback three or four weeks.

“A horse flipped over on me and landed right on that hip. I couldn’t believe it.

“I s–t myself.I thought, ‘No, this can’t be happening’, but it’s all right.I tore the groin muscle and the hip flexor a bit.”

He had four rides last Saturday and was focused now on getting back into shape. McLellan was down to 51.5 kilograms before his hip surgery.

“When the horse landed on me, it put my fitness program back a bit as well,” he said.

“I’m 55 kilos and I need to get my weight down and get a bit more fitness. I did kind of struggle a bit there on Saturday.”

McLellan moved to the Gold Coast to revive his career after being denied a jockey’s licence by Racing NSW.

AAP reports: Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has been cleared to ride after recovering from a broken hand.

McEvoy needed surgery on his right hand after breaking his third metacarpal in a pre-race incident at Randwick on December 16.

He was taking Sugar Bella, trained at Newcastle by Kris Lees, to the barriers when she made a sudden sideways move and he twisted his fingers.

McEvoy was given the all-clear on Monday and hopes to be back riding competitively on Friday.

“Got the all clear from the doctor re. the injured hand so looking fwd to doing a few gallops in the morning, possibly races Friday at Canterbury” McEvoy tweeted.

He is the regular rider of Redzel whichis set to have his first start for 2018 in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 17, ruling McEvoy out of the ride on Winx in Sydney if Hugh Bowman fails to have a careless riding ban reduced.

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Parole increase halts NSW prison growth

SILVERWATER JAIL STOCKThe rapidly growing and overcrowded NSW prison population has finally plateaued but only because many more criminals are being paroled, a government report has found.
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The data comes the same day a new 400-bed prison, designed to ease pressure on the overcrowded corrections system, opens in the Hunter Valley.

The NSW prison population increased 33 per cent between December 2011 and December 2016, but in the 12 months that followed it only increased by a further 0.7 per cent, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research announced on Tuesday.

The prison population would have continued to increase, BOCSAR executive director Don Weatherburn said, but for a large increase in the number of offenders released on parole.

“Between 2014 and 2017, the average monthly number of offenders released on parole increased by 35 per cent, from 504 to 682 offenders,” he said in a statement.

The paroles offset the new intakes, BOCSAR found.

The Public Service Association last year referred to the state’s prison system as being “grossly overcrowded” and said it was housing 13,000 inmates despite being designed to accommodate 11,000.

The NSW government hopes to relieve pressure on the system with the Hunter Correctional Centre, which was opened by Corrections Minister David Elliott in Cessnock on Tuesday.

The minimum and maximum security rapid-build prison was ordered as part of the state government’s $3.8 billion prison infrastructure program.

But the state opposition says “pop-up” prisons – including the one that opened in Wellington last year – are plagued with problems, including security issues.

“Band-aid solutions won’t work. Minister Elliott has lost control of the corrections portfolio, leaving him scrambling to fix all the problems that have happened under his leadership,” opposition corrections spokesman Guy Zangari said.

The NSW government is investing $237 million in programs to reduce reoffending with a focus on persistent domestic violence offenders and other high-risk offenders, Mr Elliott’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

BOCSAR data predicts little growth in the prison population over the next 12 months, which is expected to reach 13,244 by December 2018.

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Pink lashes Grammy Chief Neil Portnow

60th Annual Grammy Awards Arrivals – NYCThe backlash from Grammy chief Neil Portnow’s comment after the show that female artists and executives need to “step up” has met with a furious reaction online that was picked up by Pink, a frequent Grammy performer who sang on the show.
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In a handwritten post on her social media accounts, she wrote:

“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ – women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also steppin aside. Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

Earlier in the day, Charli XCX tweeted: “ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face.. women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about ?????”

There was a striking absence of female nominees and winners, even though it featured two #MeToo-related segments via Janelle Monae’s powerful “Time’s Up” speech and Kesha’s moving performance of Praying.

But the #GrammysSoMale situation was exacerbated the day before the show when Variety reported that New Zealand singer Lorde – the only female Best Album nominee – was also the only such nominee who hadn’t been offered a solo performance on the show (sources say she was offered a spot in the Tom Petty tribute and declined).

Lorde posted on Twitter on Monday, writing: “IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE… COME SEE IT FOR URSELF,” a reference to her upcoming tour.

That narrative was thrown into stark relief by the perhaps hasty and definitely unfortunate post-show comments from Grammy chief Neil Portnow – who said female artists and executives “need to step up”.

When asked whether a Lorde performance should have been included in the show, Ehrlich said “we’ve got a lot of spots to cover”.

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Maitland store Hyde & Silk specialises in clothing and giftware made in an ethical and fair trade environment

GOOD BUY: “I love the story behind every product and like sharing that with customers,” says Amanda Hyde, in her store. Picture: Marina Neil GROWING up on the Hunter River, lending a hand in her family’s commercial fishing business, Amanda Hyde was quickly immersed in all things environmental.
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“I was a deckhand on the prawn trawler and we just had smaller and smaller catches year after year and it led me to think about what’s happening in the environment and the impacts we have locally andglobally,” says Ms Hyde.

After completing an environmental science degree at the University of Newcastle, Ms Hyde worked in natural resource management for the Department of Fisheries and then in emergency management.

A chance conversation with a friend, however, led her to take leave toresearch and recently launch her first retail business, Hyde & Silk.

Located in High Street, Maitland, the shop stocks only fair trade and ethically sourced products from local and global suppliers.

“It follows on from my ethos of ethical and fair trade and having a minimal impact on the environment is important to me,” she says.

The business pursuit was developed when Ms Hyde was asked by a friend where she shopped “locally”.

“I replied, ‘I don’t’, because I like to always buy something a bit different when I travel,” she recalls. “I then thought if I open a shop with clothes that I like and want to wear then surely others have the same interests.”

Hyde & Silk –the silk is a reference to the fact all customers are given a silk bag with a purchase –stocks accessories, homewares and clothing in retro, boho and casual styles, including popular local brands that are made in ethical workshops in India, Thailand and Nepal.

“I am passionate about fair trade and ethically producted fashion as opposed to the recent increase in ‘fast fashion’ –cheap, mass produced and poor quality clothing that only lasts a season at most,” she says.

“The term ‘fast fashion’ implies that it is ok to throw away the item after wearing it only a few times but it is not ok and I hope to inspire shoppers to make responsible purchases that help others less fortunate while reducing waste.”

One of the brands she stocks is Happy Trunks harem pants, with each purchase of a pair assistingthe Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand.

“People can often not realise the impact of their purchase, but I call it ethical consumerism –it’s value adding when you can help a community through buying your everyday items,” she says.“I wantpeople to know that by purchasing anything here it really does value add to thecommunity it came from, they are not big companies I support, they are very small communities.”

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Mystery Weston couple win over half a million dollars in Saturday Lotto bonanza

A Weston couplewho originally bought alotto ticket in the hope of purchasing a cattle truck are planning on retiring and paying off their mortgage after winning over half a million dollars.
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The division one prize of$500,446.24 was won inSaturday Lotto the day after Day.

One of eight division one winners from around the country, the couple were said to be overjoyed with emotion when told of the win.

The wife, who was running on a treadmill whenLotto officials rang, declared she was going to retire.

“$500,446.24! That’s us! Whoa! Wow! Oh my god,” she said.

“I can’t believe that! I’ve never won anything.

“I don’t think I’m going to finish my walk on my treadmill now, I’m going to have a beer!

“We’ll pay off the mortgage and I might be able to retire.”

Her husband added: “I told you it was our time to win.”

The lucky pair, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their 24 game marked entry online atthelott苏州夜总会招聘.

Asked how they came up with their numbers, the woman revealed the quirky nickname for their entry.

“We have a property and we were trying to buy a cattle truck at the time so we picked all of our favourite numbers and nicknamed the entry ‘Cattle Truck’,” she said.

“We ended up buying a second hand cattle truck anyway, but have just kept the same numbers and kept playing them.

“The numbers were just dates of special occasions, special people’s birthdays and they are truly special to us now.”

The winning numbers were 4, 7, 11, 32, 40 and 1, while the supplementary numberswere 26 and 29.

The win continues a lucky string of lotto bonanzas across the Hunter in the past six months.


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OpinionAction needed to stop young deaths

The recent passing of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett has struck a chord across , with thousands of people expressing their sadness over her death and sharing messages of support to her family.
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Our thoughts are also with the Everetts, Dolly’s friends and the communities to whom she was connected. Much coverage about Dolly in the news and social media has focused on cyberbullying, shifting the focus from the loss of a young life.

The widespread exposure of the suicide of Dolly may have raised feelings of distress for some people. I would encourage anyone who is going through a tough time to seek support.Talking to a trusted relative or friend, a counsellor, GP, or online services such as Lifeline and eheadspace can help. It is important to recognise that suicide is rarely the result of a single event or factor and is a complex and multi-faceted issue. It is usually a result of a person feeling hopeless about life due to a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. It is heart breaking that any young person would feel like their only option is to end their life.

Emphasis should be on supporting young people who may be experiencing similar thoughts of hopelessness. We lose far too many young ns to suicide and we need to ensure that young people are supported and have help available so that we can prevent further tragedies.

LOST: The death of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett has highlighted the need for sustained efforts to support young people with mental health issues, the author says.

n Bureau of Statistics data released in 2016, again identified suicide as the leading cause of death for school-aged children. Each week we lose eight children and young people to suicide and as a country we need to continue to work together to change this. headspace School Support teams respond to suicide notifications every week in secondary schools across . headspace will be expanding its work in schools as a delivery partner, along with Early Childhood , for the new mental health education initiative run by beyondblue. headspace also has 101 centres across providing mental health support services to young people aged 12-25.

In June 2017, the federal government announced that a new headspace centre will be opening in Katherine. Suicide rates of school-aged children in the Northern Territory are the highest in . Young people in the Northern Territory die by suicide at more than four times the rate of any other state or territory, with many of these being Aboriginal young people.

I would encourage anyone supporting a young person, as well as friends, to inform themselves so that they can recognise when someone might be going through a tough time. There are a number of resources available on the headspace website, as well as from many other organisations, that provide information and advice on mental health and other topics relating to young people’s wellbeing. With many young people heading back to school in the coming weeks, this message is particularly timely.

The need for sustained efforts to support young people with mental health issues is vital; because any life lost to suicide is too many. The responsibility to reduce suicide requires ongoing investment and lies with the whole community. In collaborative and supportive efforts, we can stop this tide of preventable deaths.

Jason Trethowan is the CEO at headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.If you or someone you know is struggling, visit headspace苏州模特佳丽招聘.au to find your nearest centre or call eheadspace on 1800 650 890.

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What’s Selling: Charlestown home snapped up quickly

PLENTY OF ENQUIRY: The $605,000 sale of this three-bedroom home on a large block in Charlestown was the equal highest for its street.The continued growth in Charlestown is no surprise to Andrew McKiernan, who grew up in the Lake Macquarie suburb, and he cannot see it slowing down yet.
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“It already has had good growthbecause the inner city is so expensive, so areas like Charlestown andCardiff are proving popular,” Mr McKiernan, of McKiernan Real Estate, said.

According to n Property Monitors, Charlestown experienced growth of 14.3 per cent last year, the biggest increase since 2004.

For 189 sales, there was a median sale price of $620,000. In 2016, for 228 sales, it was $542,500.

Mr McKiernan sold 26 Willoughby Street in Charlestown on January 25 for a $605,000, the equal highest sale for the street.

Andrew McKiernanNEW HIGH IN HELEN STREETThe sale of a two-bedroom unitin Merewether’s Helen Street has set a new highest mark for its small complex. Robinson Property’s Mike Flook sold unit 1 at 17 Helen Streetfor $735,000 after less than one week on the market.

A new price high was set in this Helen Street unit complex in Merewether.

Alsoin Merewether, homes inMorgan Street and Curry Street were sold for $1.45 million and $1.7 million respectively.

QUICK MOVER IN ERRINGTONA home in New Lambton’s Errington Avenue set a new mark after less a week on the market.

According to n Property Monitors data, the previous biggest sale for the street was $745,000 last year.

Kristen Murnane of Dalton Partners took No.6 to market on January 24 and sold it for $750,000 five days later.

WHERE OTHER SALES WEREA three-bedroom residence inGateshead’sPoplar Place was secured for $470,000.

A three-bedroom home in Montrose Avenue,Adamstown Heights, sold for $725,000.

A home with five bedrooms on around 860 square metres inCardiff’sMyall Road sold for $560,000.

A dual-level brick home on 340 square metres in Thomas Street,Dudley, was bought for $690,000 anda two-bedroom circa 1920s house on around 330 square metres inHamilton’sBeaumont Street sold for $792,000 after a short campaign.

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Comment: Groovin The Moo delivers beefy bill

SHOW-STOPPER: Mike Kerr from English rock two-piece Royal Blood will certainly have people playing air guitar at Groovin The Moo.ONE of the biggest tragedies to befall then music industry in recent years was the death of the Big Day Out in 2014.
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It meant the days of the massive travelling roadshowfestival, boasting an international-quality line-up, appeared over,avictim of shifting tastes and sky-rocketing costs.

While the regionally-focused GroovinThe Moo isn’t onthe same levelasthe Big Day Out, organisers dropped an impressive line-up on Tuesday that will certainly have Maitland Showground heaving on April 28.

Anyone bemoaning the death of hard-rocking bands and the saturation of electronic dance music will need to check outEnglish powerhouse Royal Blood. The two-piece boast arguably the world’s most electrifying bassist in Mike Kerr, who plays his four-string like Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme.

Royal Blood released their self-titled debut in 2014 which earned them a Brit Award for best band and a Mercury Prize nomination. They followed with theirsecond album How Did We Get So Dark? last year.

The biggest singalong of the festival is likely to be Feel It Still by surprise Alaskan pop stars Portugal. The Man. After a decade of plugging away in the alt-rock fringes Portugal. The Man blew up internationally last year with their eighth album Woodstock.

Feel It Still became a US Billboard No.1, reached No.5 on the ARIA charts and on Sunday won a Grammy Award forBest Pop Duo/Group Performance.

There should be plenty of older fans at Maitland Showground among the sea glitter and skimpy outfits with n live favouritesGrinspoon and Paul Kelly in action. On second thought, Kelly’s How To Make Gravy will probably outshine Feel It Still for singalong of the day.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Paul Kelly’s inclusion on the Groovin The Moo line-up suggests the festival is attempting to expand its appeal.

At its core Groovin The Moo is a youth festival and the Triple Jbrigade have been well catered for. Electro-pop artistVera Blue,Indigenous rapper Baker Boy, indie bandBall Park Music andelectro-soul six-pieceWinston Surfshirt all featured in Triple J’s Hottest 100 last Saturday.

One of the more bizarre inclusions are Brisbane metalcore band The Amity Affliction, who will add volume and rage to the festival.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale from 8am Wednesday through moshtix苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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Sabre Norris shares her story about her health and medical condition

UPDATED: Siblings give cuddles to ease the tears of Sabre Norris Sabre Norris.
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Biggy, Naz, Sockie and Sabre Norris.

Sabre Norris on the Ellen Show.

Sabre Norris and Tony Hawk.

Sabre Norris gets air.

Sabre Norris.

TweetFacebookNewcastleskating and surfing star Sabre Norris is facing a tough medical condition, but her siblings are doing everything they can to help her.

Sabre, 13, is a highly talented skateboarder and surfer, who has made waves around the world for her athletic ability, intelligence and humour.

She’s conquered big skateboard ramps and waves – now she faces a big challenge with her health.

She has been diagnosed with the condition Chiari malformation, which causesher brain tissue to extend into her spinal canal.

Sabre remains determined to compete for at the 2020 Olympics.

“The medical result means I need to show more heart and put in more hours than anyone else,” she said.

Sabre said her goalremainsto“represent my country, hopefully at the Olympics in skateboarding”.

It’s thought that her condition may be affecting her pituitary gland because she hasn’t been growing.

“I’ve got to learn to live with it,” Sabre said.

“If you’ve got something wrong with you, you’ve got to accept it and not hide it.

“You need to tell someone about it, so you don’t feel so alone.”

It’s been difficult for Sabre, but she has a lot of support.

“I do cry in my bed a lot,” she said.

“I’m scared of it getting worse and not being able to skate and surf again.

“I’ve got a good brotherand good sisters and they always help me through it and give me a lot of cuddles.”

Sabre andher brotherBiggyand sisters Sockie and Naz have been making successful videos on social media.

The videos show a strong connection and much lovebetween the siblings.

“I’m very lucky to have thefamily that I have,”Sabre said.

“They’re always there for me, they care about how I feel and they’re very selfless.”

Sockie, 10, gives Sabre lots of love.

“It’s a little bit tricky, she is going through a tough time,” Sockie said.

“We’re always going to be there for Sabre. Hopefully it all works out because we love her.”

Biggy,9, said hegives Sabrehugs and motivational speeches to help her.

“Isay‘Sabre, you can do it, you’re the best. You can skate your way to the Olympics and you can be anything’.”

One symptom of the condition is scoliosis, which Sabre has been diagnosed with.

However, she has no other symptomsand has been able to continue skateboarding and surfing.

She was skateboarding at Bondi Skate Park on Tuesday morning, before heading for an MRI scan in Sydney for a further analysis of her condition.

Her dad, Justin Norris, won abronze medalin the 200-metre butterfly at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Sabre’s athletic talent and sense of humourled to anappearance on The Ellen Showin 2016.

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