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Ang Kalatas Australia | Vol. 3 No. 6 | March 2013

Sports Oz Pinoy Roadies Fit for the ride Photography by Allusion

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THEIR group has become a familiar fi xture at the Rooty Hill train station on Saturday mornings. With their new tri-colour cycling kits, the Oz Pinoy Roadies have pedalled their way from a hobby group to an organ- isation of passionate riders engaged in a fun sport that’s literally taking them to places around the state. Ang Kalatas met them recently at one of their weekend rides in Black- town for an interview.

“Around 2007 there were a handful of Pinoys who decided to go riding on the M7. That time these Filipinos basically rekindled their

passion for riding and from then on it grew to what it is now,” said Mike Salalila, president of the Oz Pinoy Roadies.

They now count a total of 122 members in their group. The Oz Pinoy Roadies are offi cially affi liated with the Penrith Cycling Club. “We don’t have any entry requirement, we are open to guys of different ages, we have guys as young as 20. Anybody can join, we have those who are in their 60s,” said Frank Marzan. A non-Filipino member is Anthony New who said he enjoyed

DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH cartoon by Jaime K Pimentel

riding with the Pinoy riders. “I really enjoy the Filipino

culture. This is not just for Filipino riders, they welcome riders from all backgrounds, I’m an Anglo rider, and everyone is really welcome. Recently, the team donated $1,435 to a charity – everydayhero. – for Marc Simone, a cyclist who was run over by a car at the M4 in Penrith. Marc was then training for a charity ride. The group pooled resources to help a fellow cyclist.

While most members of Oz Pinoy Roadies are mostly involved

in social rides, including their weekly Saturday rides that take off from the Rooty Hill station, some have engaged in races across the Sydney region.

They are one of few hobby groups in the Fil-Aussie community that promote physical fi tness through cycling. This year, the Oz Pinoy Roadies are proud to be wearing their new red, white, and blue kits. The cycling outfi t has made the group more visible on the road. What’s their advice to those who want to get into cycling?

“Like any other sport or hobby,

we would advise them to buy the gear that they could afford. Either you put them together or buy them from the shop as long as it is right for person,” Mike said.

Anyone who wants to join the Oz Pinoy Roadies can come, bring their bike, and join them Saturday morning at the Rooty Hill Train Sta- tion, north side. They meet around 6.30am (7.30am during winter time). You can also see them (ozpinoy- roadies) on Facebook.

[The video interview with the OPR can be seen at www.kalatas. in post pages under videos.]

Pinoy Daniel Guda set to play in 2013 Australian Badminton Open

Marilie Eftekharhashtroudi

MANILA-born Aussie Daniel Guda, Australia’s top-ranked junior players in badminton, will be representing the Commonwealth next month in the 2013 Yonex Australian Badminton Open.

The ABO is set to offer the largest prize package in world-class badmin- ton in the Oceania region offering US$120,000 for the winners in the tournament scheduled April 2 to 7. Daniel was one of top players who played well in the recent 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. He was considered the top player in the Under-17 players last year. “Daniel is one of our promis- ing players we are expecting to be heading in the Senior Level as he is a very strong single player,” said Loke Poh Wong, tournament director and Badminton Australia board member. Daniel is ready to take on this

year’s challenge banking on his suc- cess in previous campaigns. “I was coached by Joe Teh and

Raymond Tam and I relied on my quickness and consistency when I participated in the AYOF 2013 and

2012 World Junior Badminton Cham- pionships,” said Daniel. “We migrated here in 2009, I’m

currently a Year 11 student of Oakhill College,” said Daniel who now resides in Beaumont Hills. The ABO will be played at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour for the fi nal time before it moves to its new venue next year at the Sydney Olym- pic Park.

Entries for the 2013 Yonex Australian Open close on March 5 with Badminton Australia expecting a number of top 10 players in the Men’s and Women’s singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles categories to compete for the Australian Open Titles,. Minister for Tourism and Major

Events, George Souris, welcomed the return of the Yonex Australian Open Badminton series to Sydney. “After a sell-out fi nals series that thrilled crowds in 2012, Sydney is once again set to host the world’s best Badminton players during the 2013 Yonex Australian Open”, Mr. Souris said.

“With an international viewing

audience of over 100 million in key tourism markets including South East Asia, the tournament, secured by Des- tination NSW, continues to showcase Sydney as a must-visit destination for world-class events,” Mr. Souris said. The Yonex Australian Open spearheads a run of three interna- tional Badminton World Federation tournaments held in this part of the world. These include the SKYCITY New Zealand Open and the Tahiti International.

New entries received include globally renowned shutters such as 2010 Men’s Singles Champion Tien Minh Nguyen from Vietnam currently ranked No. 8 in the world. More than 300 Badminton athletes from around 30 countries are expected to compete. Online updates and tournament details can be seen at the tournament website: www.australianbadminton-; Facebook Australian- Badminton-Open. Tickets for the Yonex Australian Open are on-sale now from www. A daily ticket starts from as low as $20 and an early bird session pass (all session) are available from $110.

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