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Have you been to visit Santa?

NOT IMPRESSED: @knally 86 shared this photo of Lilly and Noah’s visit to see Santa.
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Have you been to visit Santa? Teaching Santa to Dab. Picture: Lisa Argus.

Allan Colbert shared this Santa photo via Facebook.

Sara-Jane Drew shared via Facebook; “That’s not my Santa”. Safe to say Flynn was not very impressed.

@knally shared this photo of Lilly and Noah.

Stephanie Fisher: Poor baby haha

Tanya Brown’s baby loved Santa.

Jess Evans: “Only one screaming this year”.

We had an excellent photo this year first year he hasn’t been scared. Picture: Genna Angove

Stacey Lee Hayes: So excited!

Natasha Johnson: Best photo yet.

Cherie Vetesi shared via Facebook.

Skye Martin: First Santa photo at three-and-a-half weeks old.

Erica Peak: We tried…

Picture: Kelly Hazell

Angie Whitting shared via Facebook.

Vhonda Pettit: I was pretty happy with this photo of Tyler, five, and Kelsey, six months.

Cat Ray shared this photo via Facebook.

Amanda Yeoman: We love the real Santa, have seen him so many times now and he’s always amazing!

Picture: Sharon Arthur

Teaghan Blyton: First santa photo, wasn’t a complete disaster.

Nelle Maree Brient: This is the Very 1st Santa Photo my four-year-old has smiled. She has been so scared of Santa since she was one-year-old. I was actually shocked she went up and hugged him.

Picture: Ricky James Apps

Racheal Hicks: Lansell Square Kangaroo Flat Santa is awesome would not go elsewhere.

Shared by Rebecca Francis.

Picture: Ricky James Apps

Picture: Rebecca Francis

Nicole Dawson: My cheeky Max.

Austin saw the Santa on the Santa tram … nmm didnt think much of the man in red. Picture: Corrinne Packham

Rach Dillon, shared via Facebook.

Margaret Chesterfield, shared via Facebook.

Lozza Mazurek: Our first family Santa photo.

Krista England: Merry Christmas!

Jessica Blackie: My youngest is like Wednesday Adams cannot crack that smile.

Katlynd Cornish: Before my youngest ran off the present screaming.

Jen McArthur: Alex and Thomas.

Gemma Hunt, shared via Facebook.

Gem Douglas: First time, my two kids meet Santa and my son is Autistic and he loved him!! Best Santa I’ve meet, so great with the kids.

Bree Bentley’s Santa photo: Children – fail. Parents – success.

Avril Dolphin: William liked Santa so much he stuck his tongue out at him.

Cat Ray, shared via Facebook.

Danielle Morey, shared via Facebook.

Lilly Rose with her nannies Linda and Nik.

Charly O’brien: Take 1

Charly O’brien: Take 2! Thanks to the lovely girls at Myer! So wonderful with the kids and patient!

Jodie de Gille: We had an amazing time with Santa, he was happy to let my little man wander around and get comfortable!

Jodie de Gille: We had an amazing time with Santa, he was happy to let my little man wander around and get comfortable!

Jodie de Gille: We had an amazing time with Santa, he was happy to let my little man wander around and get comfortable!

Amy Maragos, shared via Facebook.

Kirsty Campbell: Actually successful this year!!

Abi Meggs: Two out of three isn’t bad right Haha Charlie, Memphis and Kaden visiting Santa.

Kylie Jones: Compared to two years ago this photo made my day all three of my babies smiling, makes my heart smile. Merry Christmas Everyone.

TweetFacebookHave you been to visit Santa this year? How successful was your photo? Whether your children are grinning from ear to ear or have tears streaming down their face Santa photos always make for a good keepsake. Share your photos with us and we will add them to our online Christmas gallery.

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Our schools yield brilliant results

TALENTED: Taylor Mulconray, left, of John Pirie Secondary School; Annie Ford, of St Mark’s College; and Kaitlyn Hunt, of Mid North Christian College, were each Dux of Year 12 at their schools and have great future careers ahead of them.And the results are in …Year 12 exam grades became known on Tuesday and Port Pirie’s three high schools are the “winners”.
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Every school was able to produce at least oneoutstanding statistic based on the results and each of their Duxes scored above the 90 ATAR mark.

St Mark’s had a 100 percent SACE completion rate for the second year in a row with seven students attaining 90 or above and six merit awards being achieved for full marks.

The college’s Dux, Annie Ford, had a special link with the teaching staff at her campus.

“My Dad Graham is actually the maths teacher at St Mark’s so it runs in the family,” she said.

“I have been at the school for the past 13 years and we have great teachers there. I had a good support network and social support.”

With her scoreof 98.4, she plans to study radiology or a mathematical degree at university.

Her father said he had seen how hard his daughter studied for probably her entire secondary schooling.

Principal Greg Hay said the school was ”delighted” with its students’ achievements.

John Pirie Secondary School had an 85 percent SACE completion rate and, for the sixth consecutive year, had an increased number of SACE students.

Principal Roger Nottage said the number of students with a scorein the 70s or abovehad doubled compared with last year.

The grades between A and C were up by 10 percent and three Aboriginal students achieved their SACE.

Nine students with an assigned level of disability celebratedtheir SACE certificates. A total of 91.8 percent completed their research projects.

The school’s Dux, Taylor Mulconray, achieved 91.95 and plans to take a double-degree in law and criminology at Flinders University.

“I have always had a passion for it,” she said.

“My Mum used to be a legal secretary. It made me want to get into that same career.”She said support from her teachers and being organised had led to hersuccessful result.

Her mother Angela Bollmeyer said her daughter had worked “very, very hard this year”.

“She has done a lot of work on her research project and assignments and had a lot of support from her nanna and pop and her father who is in Adelaide,” she said.

Mid North Christian College had 89percent of students complete their SACE.

Principal Matt Paterson said most could enter university for further study if they wanted to do so.

“We are pretty happy with that,” he said.

“We have a strong commitment to support the students with whatever they want to do.”

He said the campus’s Dux Kaitlyn Hunt had a score of 97.65 and earlier this year had finished in the top 10 percent of students around Australia in the medical degree pre-entry test.

Next step for Year 12s is to learn whether their results qualifythem for their chosen university courses.

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Ton up for huge night

Super stuff: Adam Beechey in his super sedan gearing up for the Geoff Stagg Memorial. Picture: Angryman PhotographyMonday night sees the traditional Boxing night bonanza at Carrick Speedway.
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A huge field in excess of 100 cars have nominated.

The main events will be the Geoff Stagg Memorial for super sedans and the Ken McKinnell Memorial for the formula 500s.

Stagg was the voice of Tasmanian speedway for many years and most of the super sedan drivers grew up listening to his big booming voice commentate races.

It is a race that all 13 entrants are keen to win. Callum Harper is the gun driver in super sedans and is determined to add this trophy to his cabinet.

Brad Smith is fresh from a win in the late models at Warnambool last weekend and along with Adam Beechey is up to the challenge.

The Ken McKinnell Formula 500 race has a huge 19-car field and current lap record holder Ben Shadbolt is eager to engrave his name on the trophy. He will face stiff opposition in the likes of Rick Weatherill, Kristian Kelly and James Amicosante.

Some 25 juniors have entered and we will see several competitors gaining valuable racing miles before heading off to compete in the Australian championships in January. Jakobe Jetson has been very hard to beat but has come under pressure from Joe Dickerson Cody Gay and Ellis Dickenson.

Street stock racing this year has provided some incredible wheel to wheel racing and the 26 entries prove how popular this division of racing is.

With the occasional race run in reverse direction it is bound to be exciting.

The sprintcars have a huge 15-car field. Chris Johns showed blistering speed to take a decisive victory last time these cars raced and is eager to show everyone he can repeat the feat. Kurt Luttrell and Redpath brothers Jason and Adrian are determined to prevent this from happening.

Late models will also showcase several high speed demonstration runs.

Gates open at 2pm with racing from 5pm andit is advisable to get there early as last year people were lined up back to the main road waiting to gain access as racing began.

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Parry turns attention to NW, Dial Complex

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Parry turned his attention to the Dial Regional Sports Complex amid other questions about the federal government’s role in the region.
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He has been briefed about it and told about it, but on Wednesday Senator Parry got his first look at the plans for the Dial Regional Sports Complex.

On January 9, the sod will be turned and construction will begin on the $10.5 million project.

Senator Parry was on site with MLC for MontgomeryLeonie Hiscutt and Central Coast Council Mayor Jan Bonde to welcome a deed of agreement.

The project, which will be funded in equal parts by the federal government, state government and the Central Coast Council, will feature two sports ovals, a new access road, car parking, a shared pavilion facility and a community hub.

Senator Parry said the project’s visionis a “credit to the Central Coast Council” and will create significant community benefits.

“The complex will increase the facility standards for football and cricket players and their spectators,” Senator Parry said.

“It will also provide improved facilities and opportunities for a number of other potential sport, recreation and community users.”

Senator Parry praised former Liberal Braddon MHR Brett Whiteley for his strong advocacy for the the complex.

Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde said the confirmation of federal funds would allow the project to commence in January.

To questions relating to the delayed presence of a Liberal Senator in the North-West, Senator Parry said Senator Jonathon Duniam had filled the Devonport Office as of December 12.

In relation to questions about when$1 million of promised funds for a Cradle Mountain Master Plan feasibility study would be delivered,Senator Parry said it was his understanding that “it will come through” and “will be honoured”.

“The funding commitment is confirmed and the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team is now working with the Minister on a delivery timeline,” he said.

On the ball: Senator Stephen Parry looks over plans for the Dial Regional Sports Complex with Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde and Montgomery MLC Leonie Hiscutt. Picture: Baz Ruddick.

When asked about the rejection of the Coastal Pathways project for the National Stronger Regions Fund, Senator Parry said 470 applications were received and 67 were successful.

“All successful applicants demonstrated strong economic benefits,” he said.

“Feedback for unsuccessful applicants is available through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.”

ON THE BALL: Illustration of the projected final product for the football ground at the Dial Regional Sports Complex. Picture: Supplied.

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Jack’s stock on the rise after testing year at Knights

KNIGHTS prop Jack Stockwell has shrugged aside the disappointment of last season to declare confidently: “I know I’m a first-grader.’’
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HARD YARDS: Newcastle prop Jack Stockwell has vowed to bounce back from a frustrating 2016 campaign. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Stockwell spent most of 2016 on the outer, after he was dropped to NSW Cup mid-season and advised by Knights coach Nathan Brown to explore other options.

He was reportedly close to joining Penrith before the June 30 transfer deadline,thenKnights officials investigatedthe possibility of trading the 24-year-old to a rival club inNovember.

But it now appears certain he will stay in Newcastle and see out his contract for 2017.

As far as Stockwell is concerned, he intends to make up for lost time next season after two injury-disrupted campaigns since his arrival from St George Illawarra at the end of 2014.

“I know I’m a first-grader,’’ Stockwell told the Newcastle Herald.

“So that’s just how I’ve got to train and perform come the start of the season …I know my best footy is still ahead of me, for sure.

“That’s how I’ve been training every session. Trying to put my best foot forward, get that base fitness as good as it can be, and improve every aspect of mygame.’’

Stockwell played 12 games for Newcastle in 2015 and was just starting to establish himself in the engine-room rotation when he suffered a torn biceps that ended his season.

Twelve months ago, his pre-season was interrupted by a calf injury that required surgery. He thenbattled a shoulder problem and made only six top-grade appearances in 2016.

Asked if he felt he had a point to prove, Stockwell replied:“Not too much, more to myself than anyone else, I think.

“I’ve got to prove to myself that I belong there. I know I do, deep down, now I just have to show it.’’

A dominant force in schoolboy and age-group football, Stockwell debuted in the NRL as a 20-year-old and played 35 games for the Dragons before joining the Knights.

He will be competing with the likes of Daniel Saifiti, Korbin Sims, Mickey Paea, Josh King and new signing Josh Starling for a front-row berth next season.

“Me and Browny have had some chats on how things have been, just focusing on the defensive part of the game and a little bit of attack as well,’’ he said.

“All I can do is keep working towards getting better each training session. It’s about trying to improve a little bit every day.’’

He admitted the speculation that he was not wanted bythe Knightshad been “a bit frustrating at times”.

“You just try not to listen,’’ he said. “I’ve just been focusing on what I have to do at training to make myself a better player.

“If you buy into it, it’s just head noise. It’s better just to focus on myself.’’

Brown has noted Stockwell’s efforts during the first seven weeks of pre-season.

“Look, he’s trainingreally well, truth be told,’’ Brown said. “He’s certainly putting a foot forward to make some good progress.’’

Mobile giant’s faulty towers

AIN’T NO HOLIDAY: Oceanroad Holiday’s employee Cherie Thompson frustrated with the poor mobile reception. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll.A Maitland marketing business has been forced to temporarily close its doors because of a glitch in the Vodaphone network.
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Oceanroad Holidays director Leanne Mayers said the technical issue has cost her almost $5000 in sales and resulted in her sending home six staff members who are unable to sell.

Mrs Mayers has been with Vodafone for eight years and said she started having issues with phone reception in August this year.

She had problems again in October and every dayover the past week.

“Phones keep dropping out through calls,phonesare not dialing outand there is no coverage or service,” Mrs Mayers said.

“It started Wednesday last week and has just been ongoing ever since. It has cost me thousands of dollars, I am still paying staff, however I have had to close my doors because this is just too frustrating for my workersand myself,” she said.

Aspokesperson for Vodafone said unfortunately some customers inthe Maitland area may be experiencing intermittent disruption to voice services. Our team is working to resolve the underlying issue as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.

“We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused and we are working with the customer to fully restore any outstanding concerns.”

Mrs Mayers said she contacted Vodafone’s business accounts section and was advised of “work” in the Maitland area.“I acknowledged that however there scope of work listed on their maintenance page was over a two-day period.

“The woman I spoke to suggested I go out and buy pre-paid sims from another carrier and put them on my 10 phones.

“A pre-paid sim in my business would last about five minutes plus I have to unlock my phones off the Vodafone network to do that,” Mrs Mayers said.

The Vodafone spokesperson said the company has been investing heavily in the Hunter region building four new sites and upgrading a further 13 in the past 12 months to improve coverage and network performance for customers.

Mrs Mayers said she plans changing phone serviceproviders in the new year.

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The 10 best places to experience culture in Asia

Songkran Festival. Photo: iStock Clay statues of Chinese Qin dynasty soldiers. Photo: iStock
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MUSEUM OF THE TERRACOTTA ARMY, CHINA

In 1974, farmers unearthed the first fragment of what would become one of the 20th century’s most extraordinary finds: an entire army of terracotta warriors and steeds entombed with First Emperor Qin for more than 2000 years. See the life-like army at the museum built around the excavation site near Xian in central China. See bmy南京夜网.cn. MORNING ALMS, LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang, fronting the Mekong River in Laos, is one of Asia’s most serene towns. Rise at dawn to see hundreds of saffron-swathed monks filing through the streets receiving alms from the faithful. See tourismlaos.org. SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL, JAPAN

In 1950, Sapporo high school students made six snow sculptures – and more than 50,000 people flocked to admire them. Today, the annual snow festival (February 1-12, 2017), with its large-scale, illuminated snow and ice sculptures, attracts millions to the city in northerly Hokkaido. See snowfes南京夜网/english. ART BASEL, HONG KONG

Tune in to what’s hot in the world of Asian art at the international art fair (Art Basel’s annual shows take place in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami). At this year’s edition in Hong Kong, half the participating galleries had exhibitions spaces in the Asia Pacific region. Exhibitors are already lining up for 2017’s extravaganza (March 23-25). See artbasel南京夜网/hong-kong. CHINGAY PARADE, SINGAPORE

In 1972 when Singapore banned firecrackers – a Chinese New Year custom to repel evil spirits – a parade was suggested as an alternative. Today the Chingay Parade, with its dancing dragons, stilt-walkers and razzle-dazzle floats, is Asia’s largest street performance and float parade (February 10-11, 2017). See chingay.org.sg. WORLD’S LARGEST BOOK, MYANMAR

The world’s largest book, in Mandalay in central Myanmar, comprises 729 upright stone tablets painstakingly chiselled with Buddhist scriptures. Each “page” is housed within its own glittering white shrine at Kuthodaw pagoda. See unesco.org. NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM’S SOUTHERN BRANCH, TAIWAN

After 15 years in the making, a branch of Taipei’s renowned National Palace Museum has opened near Chiayi, 260 kilometres south-west of the capital. The Southern Branch features calligraphy-inspired architecture and a pan-Asian focus. See south.npm.gov.tw. RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, SARAWAK, MALAYSIAN BORNEO

Modelled on Canadian folk music festivals, the annual Rainforest World Music Festival celebrates indigenous music. Three days (July 14-16, 2017) of workshops and concerts take place in and around traditional longhouses in a cultural village near Kuching. See rwmf.net. SONGKRAN FESTIVAL, THAILAND

Dress appropriately – and bring a sense of humour – for what’s billed as the world’s largest water fight. Songkran (April 13-15) celebrates the Thai New Year; expect to get soaked with buckets of water or caught in the crossfire of water-pistol wars. See tourismthailand.org. MOCA YINCHUAN, CHINA

The nearby Yellow River’s shifting layers of sedimentation inspired the futuristic facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan in north-western China. Since its 2015 opening the museum has made headlines, uninviting outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei from its biennale (running until December 18). See moca-yinchuan南京夜网.

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The 10 best hotels in Asia

Taj Lake Palace. Photo: Taj Lake Palace Taj Lake Palace Udaipur.
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Three Camel Lodge.

A luxury room at the Heritance Kandalama.

Calming waters . . . the serene setting of Asaba ryokan.

HERITANCE KANDALAMA, SRI LANKA

On first glimpsing the Heritance Kandalama at Dambulla, many visitors have asked, “We’re staying in that?”. Built into the surrounding rock and draped in vines, the hotel looks like an overgrown ruin; all part of the plan of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, who created this atmospheric hotel. See heritancehotels南京夜网/Kandalama. ASABA, JAPAN

Japan’s ryokan – traditional inns – are among its national treasures and Asaba, on the Izu Peninsula south of Tokyo, is one of the best. Set by a lake fringed with elegant gardens and bamboo forest, this family-run inn also offers private and communal onsen (hot springs) bathing. See asaba-ryokan南京夜网/en/. THE OPPOSITE HOUSE, BEIJING

In perpetually bustling Beijing, the Opposite House has gained a cult-like following for providing two very simple things: light and space. This pared-back boutique hotel may be in the heart of the action of Sanlitun, but it’s an elegant oasis full of clever design – love those rectangular wood bathtubs. See theoppositehouse南京夜网. PHUM BAITANG, SIEM REAP

Two million visitors a year flock to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat; to escape the crowds, check in to Phum Baitang. Set amid verdant fields just outside town, the hotel cleverly marries traditional Khmer architecture – including a 100-year-old farmhouse – with plenty of creature comforts. See phumbaitang南京夜网. AMANJIWO, JAVA

Aman has plenty of sumptuous hotels throughout Asia, but its spectacular Javanese property – surrounded by rice paddies and soaring volcanoes, just 10 minutes from Borobodur – is one of its best. Bonus points for the many cultural activities on offer, from guided walks through the countryside to dinners in a traditional home. THE SIAM, BANGKOK

Bangkok has no shortage of luxury hotels, but The Siam – with a riverfront perch in the historic Palace district, elegant art deco interiors, and sumptuous pool villas – is something special. Can you name any other hotels that offer private muay thai (Thai boxing) lessons? See thesiamhotel南京夜网.THE TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR

India is positively awash with opulent palace hotels but for sheer romance, the Lake Palace wins every time. Originally built as a royal pleasure palace, this lovely hotel floats on the waters of Lake Pichola, with 360 degree views in all directions. See taj.tajhotels南京夜网/en-in/taj-lake-palace-udaipur.THREE CAMEL LODGE, MONGOLIA

Stretching the definition of the word “hotel”, Three Camel Lodge is Mongolia’s most remarkable accommodation: a set of 40 traditional gers, or tents, decked out most untraditionally with comfy beds, wood stoves and en suite bathrooms, located in the Gobi Desert. See threecamellodge南京夜网.DWARIKA’S HOTEL, KATHMANDU

Feeling less like a hotel and more like a village, this striking heritage property consists of traditional Newari buildings clustered around courtyards. The interiors are a mix of museum-quality artefacts and sleek design: ask for one of the rooms with a black slate bathroom. See dwarikas南京夜网. BENESSE HOUSE, JAPAN

The art island of Naoshima is one of Japan’s most remarkable sites: an open-air art gallery that is also home to world-class museums, all funded by one benefactor. Max out the experience by staying at Benesse House, a combined hotel and museum designed by Tadao Ando. See benesse-artsite.jp/en/stay/benessehouse.

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The best adventure activities to do in Asia: Kayaking trekking, cycling and rocking climbing

Mountaineers and Sherpas trek along the Everest Base Camp trail high in the Khumbu valley deep in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. Photo: iStock View of Everest: On the way to Everest base camp, Nepal. Photo: iStock
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Explore by kayak: Raja Ampat islands, West Papua. Photo: iStock

TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP, NEPAL

The world’s highest mountain is also one of its loftiest trekking goals. After a nail-biting flight into Lukla, the trek ascends through the Khumbu region to Everest Base Camp, sprawled among glacial rubble 5300 metres above sea level. It’s typically about a two-week trek into mountain magnificence. See worldexpeditions南京夜网.SNOWMAN TREK, BHUTAN

If Everest is the highest, the Snowman Trek is arguably the toughest. This 25-day epic across the Himalayan heights of Bhutan, crossing 11 passes above 4500 metres, has regularly been called the toughest trek in the world. It begins in Paro, the location of Bhutan’s international airport, and provides a remote look at the Himalayas far from the Base Camp crowds. See tourism.gov.bt/trek/snowman-trek-ii.CYCLING IN GUANGXI, CHINA

The area around Yangshuo in the Chinese province of Guangxi might easily by the quintessential Asian landscape – karst peaks rising from luminous green rice terraces. It’s best appreciated on a bike (the classic Asian vehicle, after all), pedalling across from neighbouring Guizhou province. See spiceroads南京夜网.KAYAK ON HALONG BAY, VIETNAM

In Asia, Halong Bay rises both from the sea and the collective imagination. Each day, tourist boats fan out into the bay, some carrying kayaks. Paddle even for an hour or two from your boat and you’ll get Halong Bay’s most intimate experience, drifting through sea arches and into caves punched into the limestone islands. See worldexpeditions南京夜网. KAYAK RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA

Barely noted on the tourist map, the 1500 islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago, off the north-west tip of West Papua, are the tropical dream personified: teeming reefs, empty palm-fringed white beaches. Kayaking here is in its infancy, but there are few more spectacular places to paddle. See southernseaventures南京夜网. ROCK CLIMB AT RAILAY, THAILAND

Step from the warm Andaman Sea onto a gorgeous beach before scaling a limestone cliff – such is life at Railay. Learn the climbing basics on 123 Wall, or dangle from a cliff above the sunbathers on Tonsai Beach. Experienced local operator King Climbers offers courses and guides. See railay南京夜网.CYCLE MANALI TO LEH, INDIA

This 500-kilometre ride along one of India’s most challenging highways crosses five Himalayan passes, climbing up to 5300 metres above sea level. Sublime and challenging mountain scenery, and simply the most memorable Asian adventure I’ve done. See exodustravels南京夜网.NEPAL’S TREKKING PEAKS

Occupying a middle ground between trekking and high-altitude mountaineering are Nepal’s “trekking peaks” – more than two dozen mountains above 5800 metres that can be climbed (with permits) without the rigours of full-scale mountaineering. Mera Peak and Island Peak are among the most popular. See nepalmountaineering.org. MOTORCYCLING THE HO CHI MINH HIGHWAY, VIETNAM

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Highway roughly mirrors the path of the wartime Ho Chi Minh Trail, providing a gorgeous mountain-lined journey along much of the length of the country. It’s a classic motorcycle trip, popularised by its appearance in a memorable 2008 Top Gear episode. See offroadvietnam南京夜网. DIVING SIPADAN ISLAND MALAYSIA

Jacques Cousteau once described Sipadan as an “untouched piece of art”, and it’s rightly considered among the world’s great dives sites. Located off the Sabah coast, it has steep drop-offs that provide both rich coral reefs and impressive pelagics. The premier site is Barracuda Point, promising reef sharks, turtles and swirling vortexes of the namesake barracudas. See sipadan南京夜网.

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Hives claims Ballarat title

Ballarat’s Zoe Hives went one better at her hometown tournament than the past two years to win Ballarat’s Gold AMT championship in a tough three-setter on Wednesday.
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Hives defeated number one seed Masa Jovanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the tournament for the first time after coming runner-up in 2014and 2015.

Hives raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set before a characteristic fight back from Jovanovic saw her make inroads on the Hives service game, but it was notenough as Hives closed out the first set.

The local favourite fought through injury to prevail in what was a grinding contest. The 20-year-old entered the match with a minor adductor niggle, but after lunging for a wide ball early in the second set she aggravated the injury in what threatened to be a turning point in the match.

The inflamed injury saw Hives’ first serve drop off considerably and her cross-court movement hindered.Jovanovic, who is extremely strong from the back of the court, took advantage of the chink in her opponent’s armory to claim the second set.

However, Hives managed to swing the momentum back her way as she adjusted her game and worked through the injury niggle. She broke early in the deciding set and held the break throughout to eventually hold serve comfortably to secure the title.

COMEBACK SUCCESS: Zoe Hives delivered a hard-fought victory in Ballarat’s Gold AMT women’s final against Masa Jovanovic, she won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Hives said it was great to finally win her hometown tournament and believed the injury was only minor.

“I love playing here and it’s great to be able to win this tournament because this has been a goal this year to get back on court and play Ballarat and try and get the win,” Hives said.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get through to the end because my body was hurting a bit, but I got a few points at the end that helped swing it my way.

“At the start of the second it started hurting moving, because it was only hurting a tiny bit serving, but then it started really hurting. As the match went on it got sorer, but I just had to try and put it to the back of my mind and just play as well as I could. Because I have been through all the injuries (it helped) to push through this one.”

Hives will now look to play at Geelong’s Platinumtournament after Christmas before building towards the Pro Tour beginning in February with an eye to 2018’s AustralianOpen.

Ballarat young gun Emily Tinker could not follow suit in the 18/under girl’s final, going down to big-hitting Olivia Ryan 7-5, 6-3.

Darren Polkinghorne defeated Oliver Casey 6-3, 6-2 with thescoreboard nottruly reflecting the evenness of the match. While 18/under’s boy’s number one seed Jeremy Taylor continued his great form to win his semi-final and finalin straight sets.

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