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Brisbane Lions star Dayne Beams has stepped down from his captain position effective immediately, handing the reigns to Dayne Zorko with Harris Andrews promoted to vice-captain. Beams has been struggling with coming to terms over the death of his father Philip back in March, and thought it best to remove himself from all responsibilities (and pressures) associated with leading an AFL club.

“I’ve reached the decision today, I feel like it’s in the best interests for myself and my family that I hand over the captaincy to Dayne Zorko indefinitely.” He said.
[ source – Sporting – May 22 ]


FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon has described the sexual harassment allegations that surround his club as equal to the most challenging thing he has gone through in his life… speaking before the Dockers’ clash with St Kilda on Saturday night, Lyon compared his level of stress to that of when his mother and sister passed away. “(It’s been) an incredibly challenging time. As challenging as anything I’ve experienced in my life, clearly,” he said…. see here


Businessman and former head of the Grand Prix Ron Walker has died at the age of 78. Tributes have started flowing in for the ‘great Australian’.
MHA link to SBS News tribute page.
Businessman and former Grand Prix boss Ron Walker has died from cancer. He was 78. The millionaire who played a role in the creation of Crown Casino had battled the disease for years, News Corp Australia reported. Mr Walker retired as chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation in 2015 after a 22-year stint. The high-profile Melbourne businessman was an AC – Companion of the Order of Australia and was Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman.
Former Ironman Dean Mercer passed away last year, he was only 47. He will be remembered as an “amazing man, dedicated Husband and loving father. He suffered a heart attack while driving on the Gold coast that caused him to drive off the road and into a fence at around 7am on a Monday morning. He was still alive when taken to Hospital but passed away some hours later… further reading here (M.E.N link to the Gaurdian newspaper online)


Cycling for Fun, Fitness, Friendship… by Bob Lewis.
[ Bob Lewis – National Championship Gold- 1995 – in his Blackburn cycling club jersey. ]

Back in the old days, riding a bike usually meant lumbering along on a machine with no gears, a basket hanging off the front of the handlebars, and a playing card or two taped to the spokes to produce that cool motorcycle effect. Nowadays, there’s a whole new breed of bikes available to suit practically every situation and terrain you’re ever likely want to tackle. You have the choice of touring bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes and specialized track racing bikes – to name just a few of the varieties available. So if you haven’t ventured out for a spin on two wheels since Santa brought you a bike for Christmas, maybe it’s time to give it a go.

Cycling is empowering. Pedalling along a country road or along a city bike trail rouses your spirit and awakens your senses. And it’s difficult to hate those thighs as you joyfully roll up the driveway after conquering a challenging ride. You’ll find cycling is as gentle on your body as any physical activity can possibly be. There’s a saying in sports medicine circles: Even if you can’t run, walk, hobble or hop, you can ride a bike. Simply because cycling isn’t a weight-bearing exercise, it’s super easy on your joints – even the troublesome achy ones. It can be a wonderful, pain-free way to exercise and lose that unwanted weight. In fact, you can easily burn around 500 calories on just an hour-long ride!

Bob Lewis (on right) with a few mates on road to Flowerdale, Vic.

Bob Lewis, now in his 73nd year and a racing cyclist of 53 years standing, commenced his competitive cycle racing career in Wellington, NZ, at the age of nineteen. Bob has travelled over 800,000 km since starting his riding… ( circa 2018 ).

Bob Lewis at a Casey Fields trial

Bob Lewis on the Wellington Velodrome – 1968

Now, having won more than sixty Club, State and National Championship medals including seven Australian National Championship Titles over both Road and Criterium disciplines in mature age veteran competition, Bob Lewis still enjoys nothing more than getting out on his bike with his cycling mates. As a member of the Eastern Veteran Cycling Club as well as a founding member of the Warby Ghostriders group who regularly cycle the Warburton Rail Trail and the many fine city trails around Melbourne, Bob is always happy to pass on his cycling knowledge and riding tips to anyone thinking of taking up cycling to improve their health and at the same time enlarge their circle of friends… and more-so Bob is now keeping family ties with his son Owen, who also now is an avid biking Man. So whether you’re looking to ride for fitness, weight loss, or to simply get away from it all, why not contact a local cycling group and enjoy life on a bike with a bunch of new friends.

An Update:

Congratulations to Bob in winning the 2018 Australian Veterans National Crit’ Championships at Easter… Well done.


Bob’s wife, Fran recorded the finish line here…

Warby Ghostriders Group:
Eastern Veteran Cycling Club: 
Caulfield Carnegie Cycling:

Bob Lewis cycling with his son – now also a keen bike rider.

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