During the New Year holidays, The Bunbury Mail Let’s look back at the year 2021.
Our annual ‘Sport in Review’ will look at our sports stories from each of the past 12 months.
See below for the highlights from October to December:
‘Community has hit on new sport’ – October 6, 2021
Pickleball is the favorite sport in Bunbury.
There was a new sport in Bunbury that isn’t quite tennis and not quite badminton, but it was increasingly referred to as the fastest growing sport in Western Australia.
Picture this: It was the summer of 1965 and American businessman Joel Pritchard has come home from golfing with his friends.
In their boredom and inability to find the right equipment for badminton, the group found a whiffleball and paddles made of plywood.
‘Rider on Course for Victory’ – October 13, 2021
Bunbury hosted 2021 WAMX Junior and Senior Motocross Championships.
The Bunbury Motorcycle Club circuit came alive in October to host the final round of the 2021 Junior and Senior West Australian Motocross Championships.
The sixth round of the junior championships took place on Saturday, October 16, where Bunbury resident rider Jake Rumens joined Western Australia’s top junior riders to race to emerge victorious.
‘Croquet a sport for all ages’ – October 20, 2021
Moorabinda Croquet Club welcomed new players of all ages.
“Croquet is a stereotypical sport for retirees, and we need to get rid of that image.”
Those were the words of croquet player John Jury who has been playing for over 20 years.
With 11 of those years as secretary of the Moorabinda Croquet Club in Hay Park, the judges said that while croquet was “undeniably” a sport in the past that attracted older players, there was now a real drive to attract a younger audience. Pull.
‘Women duo at the helm’ – November 10, 2021
Koombana Bay Sailing Club finalist for Australian Sailing Club of the Year.
A DYNAMIC duo successfully ushered a Bunbury sailing club into the future as the Western Australian sailing club of the year.
The recognition, awarded in early October, meant that the Koombana Bay Sailing Club had a one in three chance of taking the national title, which was decided at the end of November.
‘Fit for three generations’ – November 17, 2021
Family of three generations enjoyed Bunbury Women’s Triathlon 2021.
A family of three generations – aged 13, 42 and 66 – competed in the 16th annual Bunbury Women’s Triathlon.
On Sunday, November 14, triathlete Sarah Behan, her mother Susan Pember and her daughter Annabelle Behan underwent a 300-meter swim, 12-kilometer ride and three-kilometer run.
‘A great opportunity: Cody calls for colts’ – November 24, 2021
Dalyellup Cricket Academy student selected for 2021/22 Country Colts Squad.
A FIFTEEN year old Dalyellup College student was chosen to represent Bunbury as part of the Under-21 Country Colts Squad for the 2021/22 season.
Cody Ryan, one of the youngest cricketers selected for the team, took part in two ‘trial matches’ at Murdoch University earlier this month.
He was one of 18 players selected for the Perth squad.
‘Learn Life Skills in the Ring’ – December 1, 2021
Eaton Boxing Club celebrated a year in action.
WHEN Dion Billett had herniated three discs in his spine, requiring multiple spinal surgeries, he wondered what his next steps would be.
He worked fly-in, fly-out as a rescue paramedic but had been an avid boxer in Karratha since he was 13 years old.
Boxing, which Billett used for his own rehabilitation after surgery, turned out to be the answer.
‘Saffy goes for Olympic gold’ – December 8, 2021
Bunbury swimmer Alex Saffy was awarded the Wally Foreman Foundation Scholarship 2021.
Four years ago, Alex Saffy noticed that there was something different about his body.
When one of his feet started to bend, he struggled to bounce on a trampoline and often tripped while running.
After visiting a neurologist, 15-year-old Saffy said he was “really surprised” to be diagnosed with dyskinetic cerebral palsy and myotonic dystrophy (muscle weakness).
‘In Memory of Percival’ – December 15, 2021
Capel Golf Club is hosting a charity event for the PK Cup on December 19.
Shaun Knott grew up playing golf with his late father, Percival, aka PK, who was a member of the Carey Park Golf Club for over 25 years.
Despite sadly passing away in 2016, Knott said he can still hear PK’s voice when he golfs today.
‘Couple Jumps to New Heights’ – December 22, 2021
Dalyellup X5 Academy nominated in 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards.
WILL Tuck and Brandon Parker were teenagers when they first discovered a new sport that they would enjoy well into adulthood.
After wanting to take gymnastics out of the classroom and onto the streets, the couple took to YouTube to discover a way to get from point A to B in the most efficient, creative way.
They discovered parkour and now run one of the largest parkour and free running academies in the Southwest.