Centre gains grant
Londonderry MP Bart Bassett and Sport Minister Graham Annesley have visited the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre to present a cheque for $24,686 from the state government.
Mr Bassett said western Sydney had some world-class sporting teams and champions who got their start kicking a footy at a local oval or playing in a competition at a centre just like the one in Cambridge Park.
The money will be used to convert a disused canteen area into a modern gymnasium that will allow the centre to expand its sport and activities program.
Blue Mountains Rugby Union stalwart Leigh Dodds plays his 500th game for the club on Saturday at Lapstone Oval. Last weekend Nick Burgess and Blake Cox played major roles as Hawkesbury Valley outclassed UWS. The team will need more of the same when they host the strong Hornsby Lions at Windsor.
Dreams in Czech
When Nathan Walker was 14, he did something that was beyond brave.
He left his home and family in Sydney for the Czech Republic to pursue a dream.
Now 19, he came to Penrith when back home on a recent visit before returning overseas, and that dream is tantalisingly close to being fulfilled.
Walker went to the Czech Republic to play ice hockey and pursue his ultimate dream of becoming the first Australian to play in the United States' NHL, the pinnacle.
The former Blacktown Flyer and Sydney Ice Dog has now been invited to a Washington Capitals rookie camp.
Walker has been considered for the past two NHL drafts after impressing during his six seasons in the republic, and a partial season with Youngstown Phantoms in the United States Hockey League in 2012-2013.
Dirt kings racing
The annual KTM King of Nepean Dirt Track meeting on August 24/25 will bring together the country's biggest motorcycle racing names including three-times World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss, Grand Prix race winner Gary McCoy, MotoGP star Chris Vermeulen and three-times Australian Superbike winner Shawn Giles.
Bayliss, McCoy, Giles and Vermeulen will join Australia's best dirt track names to battle for the record prizemoney and what has become a very prestigious title. They will be challenged by the last three King of Nepean champions, 2010 winner Paul Caslick, 2011's Marty McNamara and last year's winner Luke Richards.
The dark horse of the event is Aussie Luke Gough, recently returned from three years of AMA Pro Flat Track racing in the USA. Gough, originally from Hill Top in NSW, won five Australian dirt track titles before he left to contest the tough AMA Nationals.
First silver, next gold
Matthew Pietersen hopes to strike gold like a miner in the coming weeks.
The Kemps Creek lawn bowler will represent his club Cabramatta at next month's Gold Nugget Singles tournament at Tweed Heads.
The Gold Nugget has been won by many top Australian players and is considered by them to be one of the biggest on the calendar.
Pietersen earned his right in the Gold Nugget tournament by winning the Silver Nugget singles at Tweed Heads.