Family effort: Pinn and Jaydn Tongue at home with their sons Louis, 19 months, and Lachlan, 3. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers WHEN Pinn Vadeek and Jaydn Toungue fell pregnant by accident at 18, some said the odds of them forging ahead in their careers were slim.
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“Nasty things were said, no one our age was pregnant, you know ‘What are you going to do with your lives, you’ve ruined it,” recalls Pinn of that time three years ago, when she was managing a retail store by day andher mum’srestaurant by night.

But the reaction of her partner, then a second year apprentice for his dad’s firm Sam’s Painting and Decorating, was reassuring: “He said ‘ok, cool’ and that was it. He was calm and texted me later to say he was excited.”

Fast forward and the young couplehaveproved their critics wrong as they raise theirtwo young boys –Lachlan, 3, and Louis, 18 months –and grow their family business.

Though Pinn opted to shelveplans to do a nursing degree when she learnt she was pregnant, she completed a business diploma at TAFE just weeksafter her first son was born.

Meanwhile Jaydn worked hard to finish his apprenticeshipearly before incorporatinghis own business,Jaydn Tongue’s Painting and Decorating, which employs two and is currently hiring.

“This time of year is busy, I could take on more work but I want to still be able tooversee everything,” he says.

Pinn, 22, works part-time asa financial planning assistant with NAB in East Maitland and also runs the administration of 21-year-old Jaydn’s business. She is also doing an interior design diploma which dovetails with with couple’s plans to either renovate their home or buy a second investment property.

According to Census figures from the n Bureau of Statistics, in 2016 there were 2,171,544businesses in and 185,443 people aged 21 who are owner managers of incorporated businesses with staff.

With many their age stillstudying and partying hard, Pinn says she and her hubby are somewhat of an anomaly.

“We do feel grown up but we partied when we were young and we are lucky that we are the same, at 18 we had had enough,” she says.

“Jaydn has a good business mind and we discuss things together; he tells me what he sees and I make the steps in how we will get there.”

The couple choose to ignore those who are quick to judge young parents.

“When we go out in public we get looks, we are both young, it’s just us showing that you can do it,” Pinn says.

For Jaydn, satisfaction comes in growing a business after realising early he wasn’t cut out for school.

“It was never my thing and school teachers were saying you are not going anywhere, but once I started working I loved it,” he says.

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EASY DOES IT: CEO-chief winemaker Neil McGuigan says Chinese wine palates just starting to developAUSTRALIA’Swine exports for the 12 months to September 30, 2017, were up 13 per cent on 2016 and worth $A2.44 billion – of which $A853 million came from sales to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
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The figures, released last week by Wine , theFederal Government statutory authority for wine, showed Greater China was our most valuable export market and had registered a 42 per cent increase during 2017. It dwarfed the value of our other four top markets, with the US yielding $A461 million, the UK $A349 million, Canada $A184 million and New Zealand $A75 million.

In volume terms, the UK was our biggest market with 28 per cent of the total, followed by the US with 23 per cent and mainland China with 17 per cent.

ASX-listed n Vintage (AVL),which was founded in the Hunterin 1992by Brian McGuigan and has many Hunter shareholders, has responded to China’s burgeoning impact on n wine by making aplacement worth $A16.5 million of 15 per centof AVL’s existing capital (35,959,389 shares) to Vintage China Fund.

Vintage China director, Dixon Jiang Yuan has become an AVL director, joining existing board members Richard Davis, Neil McGuigan, Perry Gunner, Peter Perrin, John Davies and Naseema Sparks.

The dealprovides an exclusive distribution agreement with Vintage China Fund for the supply of AVL wines to China and includes a partnership with China’s largest online wine retailer, YesMyWine.

AVL says it will use the $A16.5 million from the placement to drive the global growth of its core brands, reduce its cost base, drive greater efficiency and develop new export markets.

Previously AVL,the parent company of the Tempus Two, Nepenthe and McGuigan brands,had clinched a distribution agreement with COFCO, China’s largest food processing, manufacturer and trader.

CEO-chief winemakerNeil McGuigan said AVLhad sealed the deals byensuring its wine looked and tasted appealing to Chinese consumers, but n wine producers seeking sales in China needed to understand that the Chinese wine palate was just starting to develop.

“Many Chinese consumers are still mixing wine with juice and soft drink, so you need to start gently,” he toldThe Weekly Times.

AVL’s n cellar doors were getting a lot of Chinese visitors, to whom the company aimed to give the best food and wine experiences, and it had two people who spoke Mandarin working in the Hunter Valley cellar door.

WINE REVIEWSA PHILOSOPHICAL TREATTHIS AVL flagshipMcGuigan 2013 The Philosophy Cabernet Sauvignon-Shirazcomes from Clare Valley fruit, is deep purple and has 14.5 per cent alcohol and scents of berry pastille and lavender. The front palate has intense cassis flavour, the middle palate introduces ripe plum, Turkish delight chocolate, peppermint and mocha oak and the finish has supple dusty tannins. Get it on mcguiganwines苏州夜总会招聘.auand in fine wine stores. PRICE: $150. DRINK WITH:braised venison shanks. AGEING: 12 years.

RATING: five stars

CRISP, DRY-STYLE ROSÉMADEfrom Adelaide Hills pinot noir, theMcGuigan 2017 Adelaide Hills Roséis a 13 per cent-alcohol, crisp, dry style with blush pink hues and scents of violets. Ripe strawberry flavour displays on the front palate, blueberry, spice and gunmetal characters chime in on the middle palate and flinty acid refreshes at the finish PRICE: $24. DRINK WITH:salmon and dill quiche. AGEING: two years.

RATING: four stars

EDEN VALLEY RIESLINGTHEMcGuigan 2017 The Shortlist Rieslingis made from grapes grown in the high country of the Barossa Region’sEden Valley sub-district. It is green-tinted straw and has jasmine aromas and elegant grapefruit front-palate flavour. The middle palate brings elements of green apple, lime zest and slate and the finish has mineral-edged acid. PRICE: $25. DRINK WITH:calamari. AGEING: six years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

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THREE-time defending Northern NSW NPL premiers Edgeworth may lose head coach Damian Zane, who is weighing up his future.
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UNCERTAIN: Edgeworth coach Damian Zane is unsure whether he will continue in the job next year.

In responding to rumours that he had quit the club, Zane told the Herald: “I’m not sure I have the energy needed to motivate the boys again.

“We are still in very good shape. We have lost depth but will be up there again.

“I just don’t know if I want to do it because it’s a massive job and I need a break.”

Leading Eagles administrator Warren Mills was confident Zane would be back at the helm for 2018 and “just needed a week or two off”.

Mills said Gary Wilson, who was at the helm before Zane, had returned as an assistant and would oversee the three-week training block in December “if it comes to that”.

Edgeworth have lost defender Ayden Brice to Victorian NPL club Melbourne Knights and attacking midfielder Keanu Moore is expected to also play in that competition next year.Mills saidthe club was working with imports Kieran Sanders and Keigo Moriyasu about staying on next year but the rest of the squad had been re-signed.

Zane made a stunning start to his senior coaching career, steering Edgeworth to three consecutive premierships and grand finals after taking over in 2015.The Eagles won the first two deciders but lost this year to Lambton Jaffas 2-0 in extra-time.

Zane, a long-time player at the Eagles,was coaching Edgeworth youth grades before stepping up to first grade.He has been named NNSW NPL coach of the year for the past three seasons and has also served as the Eagles technical director.

Under Zane, Edgeworth havebroken new ground for NNSW in the FFA Cup and NPL play-offs.

In 2016, they were the first NNSW club to progress past the round of 32 in the FFA Cup when they defeated Far North Queensland Heat 3-0. They then lost 5-1 to A-League club Western Sydney.

In theNPL, they were the first NNSW side to win a national play-off game when they shocked Victorian champions Bentleigh Greens on the road 3-1.They then beat Perth 1-0 away to make the grand final against Sydney United 58, who won 4-1.

This year, the Eagles thumped Canberra Olympic 4-1 away to again progress to the NPL semi-finals, where they went down 2-0 to Brisbane Strikers at home.

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Game day: The Harbour Hellcats (black and orange) mix it up with the the Fort Smashleys (blue and grey). Picture: Chris DonnellyIn 2013, Newcastle Roller Derby League had the world at its wheels. Its three home teams and one representative side had amassed a significant fan following and were playing in front of sold-out crowds. The league’s committee had big plans for advertising campaigns, team travel and sponsorship deals. All of Newcastle was going to become acquainted with the sport of roller derby.
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However, momentum was halted when its main training and event venue,Gateshead Indoor Sports World, advised the league’sexecutive committee that the space they had been hiring up to four times a week for training and games was going to be redeveloped. The league had just six weeks to try and find a new home.

According to league president Jeanene “ValFreya”Douglas, this turn of events virtually decimated the league. It tookseven months for the not-for-profit group to secure another regular training venue – withmembership numbers droppingfrom 100 to 32.

“A lot of our skaters, when we didn’t have regular training sessions, or not knowing if we would even be able to play a game, they found other pursuits and other interests,” Douglas says. “It was hard because it effected our resources, how much money we were bringing in, how much we could promote, all those sorts of things had a flow-on effect.”

Four years on, the league is only beginning to recover. Membership numbers are increasing, and with a little help from guest skaters in other leagues, the popular home teams have made a triumphant return.

Jillian “GodJilla”Mathieson, a coach and the longest skating member of the league, says the re-institution of the home teams is a positive step.

“What it has given us is consistency,” she says. “It means that all of our players have playing options . . .Because if you’ve got new players coming in thinking they might not be able to play for three years until they make it to representative level, why would they stay?”

For the women of the league,the road to return was particularly tough. In addition to the structural requirements of the league, it has also faced barriers related to people’s perception of what roller derby is, and their attitudes toward it as an alternative culture.

When the league was informed it would have to move, Douglas says she called 53 different schools, sports centres, factories and warehouses in search of a new training space. Many were too small or the surface was not appropriate for skating.

Douglas says she was able to secure some bookings at the University of Newcastle’s Forum Sports Centre but the time slots were severely limited.

No kidding: The hits are real in roller derby, as shown in this file image of the Mustdashers versus the Bearded Ladies. Picture: Marina Neil

The league also tried making use of outdoor areas, but itlimited the kind of training they could do. “No one likes to fall on asphalt, so we weren’t doing a lot of contact,”Douglas says.

The league even considered leasing their own building and hiring it to other sporting groups.“We worked it all out that we could afford it, but none of us was willing to sign off on it because it was such a big financial risk,” Douglas says.

One of the most frustrating things during this time for Douglas was venues refusing to hire space to the league because they believed their equipment would damage the floor. Despite having references from Gateshead Indoor Sports World, the n Institute of Sport and other sports centres which contradicted this view, the league was turned away from several prominent Newcastle venues.

“Our gear is specifically designed to be used on indoor floors, wooden floors . . . We do no more damage to a floor than what basketball shoes do, no more wear and tear,” Douglas says.

Midway through 2014, the leaguesecured a training venue in the hall of Kahibah Public School. Their games are held at the Newcastle Showgrounds Exhibition Centre, which while expensive to hire, is the only option available to the skaters.

By far the most significant barrier that the leaguefaced while searching for a venue, and still encounter when seeking sponsorship, is people’s misconceptions about what roller derby is. Mathieson believes this comes down to a simple lack of local exposure.

“Look, we’re in Newcastle, which is still quite an old-fashioned town in some ways. People rollerskating down the street is still a little bit odd, like this isn’t LA,” she said. “So everything is kind of a novelty, and whenever someone thinks something is a novelty, then it loses its professionalism and its . . .I don’t want to say the word respect, but it goes from being a sport to being a spectacle.”

The worldwide governing body for roller derby is the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. They describe the sport as being “a fast-paced, full-contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism”. A game is played wearing roller skates and full protective gear including helmet and mouthguard.

Roller derby has roots as far back as the 1930s, with its popularity peaking in the 1970s as a violent, theatrical form of sporting entertainment. Roller derby in its current form began in the early 2000s and spread quickly; withhundreds of leagues registered worldwide, andmore than 70in . While originally a female-only sport, roller derby has expanded to include men’s, co-ed, and even junior teams.

Modern roller derby does its best to distance itself from the scripted and rehearsed version of the sport that many people remember watching on television when they were kids. Leagues now consider their skaters to beathletes and emphasise sport over spectacle. A high level of skill is required by all participants, and safety is prioritised. There are strict rulesdictating when and how players can make contact with each other. Violators arepenalised, and, inserious cases, may be ejected.

Roller derby also has strong ties to the LGBTI+ community and takes pride in its reputation as an all-inclusive sport.

“I don’t know if it’s the chicken or the egg,” Mathiesonmuses, “Are people attracted to it because it’s a safe space, or is it that roller derby became a safe space because of the people that it attracted? Either way, we like everyone to be a little bit different, and different means from the straightest of the straight to the strangest of the strange.”

Veteran skater Renee ‘Reggie Ramjet’ Graham says she often feels embattled when talking about the sport that she loves, but for her two young daughters, “you couldn’t ask for a better group of role models”.

Graham joined the leaguein 2010 after the birth of her second daughter. She says what set roller derby apart from other sportswas the culture and sense of community.

Slam and glam: Newcastle roller derby action. Picture: Marina Neil

“So many other sports, the culture is just turn up, run around for an hour and then get pissed. I don’t think there’s a lot of value in it,” she says. “And there’s no community in it, and I think that’s what this is, so when I started playing derby, I not only got a circle of friends, but I got this whole community of people.”

She also credits the culture of roller derby with increasing her confidence, which has carried over into her everyday life.

“I was a big girl so I was embarrassed about my shape and I was taking up room. And then I came here and suddenly being big wasn’t a bad thing, and being strong wasn’t a bad thing . . . The things that I’ve always thought were the bad things about me are no longer bad, they’re actually assets.”

This sentiment is echoed by Mathieson, who says that roller derby has allowed her to find power in words such as athlete, which she “would never have found in a million years in any other sport”.

“What I also see that probably supports that in others is when people come in a little bit shy or unsure and within a really small amount of time you just see this flower open, and you see strength and power from the smallest voice.

“I think we all have those small voices inside us and I know there’s lots of times in my real life that derby has reminded me that I can do stuff, or I don’t have to put up with stuff.”

Despite the challenges faced by the league, as an organisation it has demonstrated an unshakable commitment to the sport, and formidable determination in the face of adversity. One gets the sense that it’s a case of get on board, or get out of the way. Newcastle, prepare to become acquainted with the women of roller derby.

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Champion mare Winx will jump from barrier six against eight rivals when she looks to make history on Saturday by winning her third Cox Plate in a row, attempting to match the feat of the legendary Kingston Town.
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Part-owner Peter Tighe went to the stage at the Moonee Valley celebrity breakfast draw to choose which stall she would jump from, and of those remaining selected the gate three from the outside of the small field.

“I think my friend over there [jockey] Hugh [Bowman] would be happy with that barrier,” said Tighe.

Winx will be flanked at the start by the English challenger Folkswood, who will start from barrier five, and the three-year-old Royal Symphony, who will jump from barrier seven.

The superstar worked at the Valley on Tuesday morning. She was the first horse out shortly after 6.20am and had the track to herself.

While Winx is set to start at the shortest price of any Cox Plate favourite since Phar Lap raced to dual victories in 1930 and 1931, fears that she would face a small group of rivals have proved groundless.

Chris Waller’s champion will not have any superstars to beat as she seeks to gallop her way into the history books, and there is certainly no rival of the proven quality of Highland Reel and Criterion, third and second the first time she won the Plate, nor one in the form that Hartnell was in when he fronted up to be humiliated by her last year.

But the Moonee Valley Racing Committee had final discretion to pick which of the remaining entries can be in the field and gave the go ahead to all those who stood their ground at the last declaration stage, finalising the field at around 8.30am on Tuesday morning, just before the barrier draw.

Winx will have to see off a field comprising several group 1 winners (Happy Clapper, Gailo Chop and Humidor), two foreign challengers (Godolphin’s Folkswood and the former Italian galloper Kaspersky, who will be ridden and subsequently trained by Michelle Payne), the improving three-year-old Royal Symphony (an unlucky fourth in the Caulfield Guineas), the ATC Derby third Hardham and Seaburge, whose best recent effort was to be placed at group 1 level as a three-year-old in the Mackinnon Stakes last year.

Bowman says he doesn’t really think that much about the race shape or those he is up against until final declarations are taken and the draw is completed, but he couldn’t have looked more confident.

“I am very comfortable, more so after this morning’s track gallop. She was very strong and comfortable, I allowed her to build up, but I kept a good hold of her,” he said.

“The horse is in good order and we are looking forward to Saturday. She does love it here, but it’s important to note that Chris [trainer Chris Waller] has had her at peak condition when she races here.”

Bowman said Winx is particularly suited to the unique configuration of the tight Moonee Valley track with its forgiving surface.

“There is a little more cushion here. She is very good on her feet and she likes to go through her gears particularly when she is cornering … there’s a bit of a velodrome effect here.”

The characteristics of the Cox Plate itself – usually run at a brutal tempo – also play to Winx’s strengths, he said.

“The pressure builds a long way from home and that really suits. She is not a sit and sprint horse, particularly over this distance. It really suits when the pressure builds.”

But he won’t be ignoring the prospects of his rivals.

“There’s no doubt I will run through scenarios in my own brain and wake up in the middle of the night and be thinking about it. I am very careful not to be overly confident, I will treat it like any other race but the reality is I want to stay out of trouble and get clear room.”

Kerrin McEvoy is on board Folkswood for Charlie Appleby, and while he knows he is probably running for the second prize of $440,000, he is optimistic that the Godolphin-owned galloper can give a good account of himself.

“We are up against it. She is a champion and we have to try to rise to her level. He has travelled out here well and he is already a winner in [when he won the Cranbourne Cup]. We need concentrate on the fact that this is a champion’s race but it’s a horse race and anything can happen,” he said.

McEvoy could have ridden Royal Symphony for his uncle Tony McEvoy, but opted for Folkswood because of his long relationship with Godolphin.

“It was a tough choice and both horses are lovely types, but I won on this fellow at Cranbourne …

He will have to run a personal best to get anywhere near Winx, but I think he is a horse who can handle the pressure.”

Damien Oliver, who will be on Happy Clapper, won the Cox Plate on Dane Ripper 20 years ago and she went off at 40-1, so he knows that upsets can happen, even if it is unlikely.

“I won’t be riding my race too much around Winx, I will be riding him to run the best he possibly can.”

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