Media Releases

2018 South Australian Masters Games Host Region Announced

The South Australian Masters Games are to be hosted by the Rural City of Murray Bridge in 2018

Sport SA congratulates the Rural City of Murray Bridge on their successful bid to stage the 2018 South Australian Masters Games.

“The Rural City of Murray Bridge is very excited to have been chosen as the host for the 2018 South Australian Master Games. As demonstrated by our successful staging of the 2016 SA Masters Games, we have many excellent sporting facilities and very capable sports administrators and volunteers that will provide an outstanding experience for participants. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide and introducing them to the many attractions of the Rural City and the broader Murray Bridge Region.” said Mayor Brenton Lewis.

This event will celebrate the 23rd staging of the South Australian Masters Games, with previous host regions including Ceduna, Clare, Mt. Gambier, Orroroo, Pt. Lincoln, Pt. Pirie, the Riverland and Whyalla.

Sport SA CEO Jan Sutherland said,
“The unique environs of the Rural City of Murray Bridge will showcase the mighty Murray River including aquatic activities with rowing, dragon-boating and swimming. There will also be a wide variety of activities both sporting and social. The new and improved sporting facilities which have been developed and planned will be ready for 2018.
I encourage our sporting masters to joining us once again at the Masters Games in Murray Bridge. Masters Sport is a great way to enjoy lifelong involvement in sport as part of an active, balanced and healthy lifestyle for all South Australians.
Please take the opportunity to visit Murray Bridge and the Murraylands region, enjoy the local hospitality and be a part of the 2018 South Australian Masters Games”.

The 2018 South Australian Masters Games will be held from Thursday 12th April through to Monday the 15th April 2018.
Further information regarding dates and sports involved will be released at a later date.


2016 KPMG South Australian Sport Awards

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Sport in SA acclaims our stars, heroes and champions at the home of South Australian Sport. On the 17th of November sporting dignitaries and friends celebrated the 2016 KPMG South Australian Sport Awards at Adelaide Oval.
Sport was on the stage for all South Australians to enjoy as we celebrated the seventh year of the KPMG South Australian Sport Awards at the Adelaide Oval. The Sport SA Awards; The Advertiser Channel Seven Sports Star of the Year Awards and our history with The KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame were presented with 435 people at the Gala Event hosted by Mark Soderstrom and Jessica Adamson from Channel Seven.
In 2016, the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame honour roll is now 56 inductees with Greg Chappell MBE (Cricket), Jenny Cheesman AM (Multisport - Basketball & Softball), Matthew Cowdrey OAM (Paralympic Swimming), Ken Farmer (SANFL), Julie Francou (Netball) Jan Stirling AM (Basketball) joining this distinguished group. For the first time since 2011, there are 2 new Legends Victor Richardson OBE (Multi Sport) and Gillian Rolton OAM (Equestrian) who have been promoted to the highest level from the outstanding South Australian sportsmen and women.
The Advertiser Channel Seven Sports Star of the Year and Junior Sports Star of the Year; Kyle Chalmers has enjoyed an outstanding year after his Rio Olympics Gold medal 100m. Freestyle and Bronze Relay swims. Team of the Year; Adelaide United, winners of the A League and the People’s Choice winner; marathon runner Jess Trengove. West Beach Community Branch, Bendigo Bank Elite Athlete with a Disability of the Year; Brayden Davidson a gold medallist at Rio Paralympics. Tanya Denver Award for Endeavour and Sportsmanship; Libby Kosmala (Paralympian, Shooting).
The team behind our athletes’ success received appropriate accolades with the Sport SA Awards representing many sports from the Arthur J. Gallagher Administrator of the Year, Michael Carter (FFSA – Soccer); Coach of the Year Peter Bishop (Swimming); Sunday Mail City Bay Fun Run Inc. Volunteer Award John Holland (Dragon Boating) ; Club One Official of the Year Glenn Errington (Table Tennis); Country Athlete of the Year; Aidan Stock (Hockey) BeSigned Significant Event of the Year; Hancock Prospecting Swimming Australia Olympic Trials. BeSigned Community Event of the Year; Dragons Down Under Adelaide 2016. Our school sport champions, Richard Newman Primary School Sports Award – Sponsored by the Department for Education & Child Development; Ben Hinks (Sailing, Craigburn Primary School), and the Secondary School Sports Award – Sponsored by Messenger Community News Limited, Liam Bekric (Underdale HS, Multi-class Swimming).
The Margaret Ralston ‘Golden Door’ AM Award presented for the second time, to Lois Quarrell posthumously, who was a pioneer in sports journalism at The Advertiser and women’s sport.
Jan Sutherland, Sport SA CEO, said,
“We are delighted to celebrate sport’s achievements and the people who underpin these, from on the fields, courts and pool, in the offices, training venues and schools with you. Sport SA showcases the success stories of our sport and will ensure that we record and acclaim these achievements to inspire and motivate. Thank you to our partners, members and friends for your support bringing this celebration to reality and ensuring that the sport is prominent in the South Community'.


Sport SA Media Release
Community Sport Wins with Investment in Sporting Infrastructure featuring in the 2016/2107 State Budget

Sport SA recognises the excellent investment of $40m and thanks the state government for their commitment to the provision of quality sport and recreation in a healthy, active lifestyle for South Australians.
This injection of resources into community sport addresses the issue which our members have identified, assisting both metropolitan and regional communities and servicing the needs of a variety of sporting activities.
The significant investments in Sporting hubs such as St Clair Recreation Centre ($7.5m);
Port Pirie Memorial Oval ($5m) and the former Ross Smith School ($4.6m) will connect the community through sport and promote health and wellbeing through sport and recreation.
We welcome the initiative for Female Change rooms in Sporting Facilities and believe that this will open up greater opportunities for women in sport as they will now enjoy appropriate, safe facilities thereby enhancing the fun, sporting experience to keep them involved.
The Funding in this budget ($10m) for new artificial pitches at soccer clubs captures the momentum of the Adelaide United success and recognises the future direction of facilities in our climate. There is no doubt that there will more places on the pitches for our aspiring next generation of Adelaide Reds and Lady Reds.
Our great tradition in Cycling is further developed with the International BMX Track at O’Halloran Hill ($2m) and we are looking forward to international events featuring our stars and also supporting the development pathways in the sport.
Sport SA members have expressed their concerns at the rising cost for sport and this budget has also provided Land tax exemption for sporting clubs, continued payroll rebates and removed the Murray levy. All of which will assist our organisations.
The successful Sports Vouchers program applauded by Sport SA since its introduction continues to grow and this complements the new initiatives in this budget to provide greater opportunities for sport and recreation in our state.


1st. August 2016 - Media Release
Sport SA slams IOC

The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to blanket ban all Russian athletes from this month’s Rio Olympic Games is a cop out, according to Sport SA President and former SA Sports Minister, Michael Wright.
Mr Wright said that for the Games to be considered fair and equal for everyone competing it should have been a clear cut decision to stop Russia’s participation.
“Why put the Olympic Games credibility at risk by making this gutless decision,” he said.
“This decision can only undermine the legitimacy of performances at the Olympics. What happens when an athlete is beaten for gold by a Russian?
Let’s hope this doesn’t happen to any Australian, let alone to a South Australian.”
Mr Wright, who was SA’s Sport and Recreation Minister from 2002 to 2011, said by thrusting the limelight onto 28 individual sporting federations to decide the fate of Russian athletes under their control, the IOC stands condemned and tarnished forever.
“Systematic State-run doping of athletes, as we believe occurred for years in Russia, is an anathema and abhorrent to anyone who cares about sport and its integrity,” he said


NEWS RELEASE
Hon Leon Bignell MP Minister for Recreation and Sport
Thursday, 21 April, 2016
Sports Vouchers save South Australian families $2.4 million
The State Government’s Sports Voucher program has saved families across South Australia more than $2.4 million and attracted thousands of new participants to sporting clubs. READ MORE...
Download Sports Vouchers Facts.


Reaction to news cricket balls may be banned from use in cricket nets
Baker, R, 21st April 2016, Portside Messenger
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Murray Bridge to host 21st South Australian Masters Games
Leon Bignell April 14, 2016

More than 900 participants will take part in the South Australian Masters Games at Murray Bridge from today. About a third of the competitors are from interstate and overseas and more than half are from outside the region. They will compete across 22 sports including swimming, netball, croquet, carriage driving, lawn tennis, and lawn bowls, plus a ride-kayak-run event and dragon boating on the Murray River. The Opening Ceremony will be held at Sturt Reserve on the riverfront on April 14 and includes the Athlete’s March, the Masters Mile fun run, live music and a fireworks display.
Background
The State Government sponsors the South Australian Masters Games through the South Australian Tourism Commission and Events South Australia.
Adelaide hosted the 15th Australian Masters Games in October 2015 – a biennial event - welcoming more than 10,000 participants to the state.
The South Australian Masters Games is an annual event and has been held across the regions for more than 20 years. Registrations for the Games, which run from April 14 -1, are open to people aged 25 years and older. www.murraybridgemastersgames.com.au
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The effect regional events have on the community cannot be underestimated and the SA Masters Games are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the stunning Murray River and the beautiful region.
The SA Masters Games encourage people to be more active, more often and the Murray Bridge Croquet Club has doubled its membership base as a result of interest in the Games.
Locals and visitors are encouraged to get out to Murray Bridge and support these keen athletes, the volunteers and support, all of which are so important to the success of sport at all levels.


2015 KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport - Award Winners
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SPORT SA AWARDS
Administrator of the Year (sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher) - Sue Dewing, SANFL
Coach of the Year (supported by Sport SA) - Gareth Jones, Golf
Country Athlete of the Year (supported by the Office for Recreation and Sport) - Georgie Siedel, Rowing
Significant Event of the Year (supported by Sport SA) - Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run, Athletics
Community Event of the Year (supported by Sport SA) - Surf Life Saving SA Junior State Championships
Official of the Year (sponsored by Club One) - Steve Davis, Cricket
Volunteer Award (sponsored by Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run) - James Lang, Cricket
Richard Newman Primary School Sports Award (sponsored by the Department for Education and Child Development) - Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, Tennis, Glenelg Primary School
Secondary School Sports Award (sponsored by Messenger Community News Limited) - Kyle Chalmers, Swimming, Immnauel College.
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THE ADVERTISER CHANNEL SEVEN SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Sports Star of the Year (sponsored by The Advertiser & Channel Seven) - Rohan Dennis, Cycling
Junior Sports Star of the Year (sponsored by The Advertiser & Channel Seven) - Kyle Chalmers, Swimming
Team of the Year (supported by the Government of South Australia) - Adelaide United, Soccer
People's Choice (sponsored by Alexander Symonds) - Renae Ingles, Netball
Elite Athlete with a Disability (sponsored by West Beach Community Branch, Bendigo Bank) - Brayden Davidson - Athletics
Tanya Denver Award for Endeavour and Sportsmanship
(sponsored by The Advertiser) - Danielle Hill, Harness Racing
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KPMG SA SPORT HALL OF FAME 2015 INDUCTEES
Sandra Pisani OAM, Hockey
Robert Newbery, Diving
Norman Claxton, Multi Sport (awarded posthumously)
Karen Rolton, Cricket
Lorraine Eiler, Basketball.


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Article Released in The Advertiser!
An excellent article from The Advertiser about our five 2015 inductees into the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame. Click HERE to see the article. ‪#‎womeninsport‬ ‪#‎sasportsmuseum‬ ‪#‎sahalloffame


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Media Release: Five SA Sporting Champions announced as the 2015 Inductees into the KPMG SA Sport Hall of Fame!

‬The announcement of the 2015 inductees of the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame was conducted at KPMG Headquarters on Wednesday morning. Five sporting champions were named to join the elite group of 45 inductees including two teams in the KPMG SA Sport Hall of Fame and will stand alongside Legends Sir Donald Bradman AC, Bart Cummings AM and Barrie Robran MBE as Sport SA, KPMG, The Advertiser, Channel Seven, and the State Government, together continue to present the outstanding success stories of South Australian sporting history. KPMG as the Naming rights partner is an excellent fit with the quality sporting achievements and significant heritage of the Inductees. The strong KPMG brand of leadership in the community, their values of leading by example and working together to achieve is also reflected in our Legends and Hall of Fame Inductees on their journeys to success. “Since establishment in 2010, the KPMG South Australia Sport Hall of Fame has become an essential element in the preservation of South Australia’s sporting culture showcasing the celebrated performances of our elite sportspeople and dedicated support teams” said Sport SA CEO, Jan Sutherland. “Their accomplishments display dedication, pride and sportsmanship with their stories inspiring and motivating in sport and life”.
2015 Inductees:
Lorraine Eiler (Basketball)
Karen Rolton (Cricket)
Robert Newbery (Diving)
Sandra Pisani OAM (Hockey)
Norman Claxton (dec.) (Multi Sport)

 

Please click here for the full media release.


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Media Release: Host Region of the 2017 Masters Games Announced.
The South Australian Masters Games will return to Clare Valley in 2017. Sport SA congratulates the Clare & Gilbert Valley Council on their successful bid to stage the 2017 South Australian Masters Games and is looking forward to travelling to the mid north once again from the Murray River where Murray Bridge will host the 2016 Games. To read the full media release, please click here.


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Media Release: Sport SA Awards Finalists Announced!
Sport SA is very excited to annouce the finalists for the Sport SA Awards! Please click here to read the full media release and here to read about the extremely talented South Australians who are our 2015 Sport SA Award finalists. We look forward to finding out the winners at the KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport on the 25th of November.


Media Release: Sport SA's new President, Michael Wright
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Media Release

The launch of the SA Sports Museum is another significant milestone in our quest to honour the legacy of South Australia's heroic sporting heroes.
The permanent home for the SA Sport Hall of Fame and SA Sports Museum is getting closer in a journey which began in 2010 when Sport SA, The Advertiser and Channel Seven came together to recognise our South Australian sporting heritage and honour our champions. After the Celebration of South Australian Sport has been placed on the calendar for all to enjoy then sport needed a home on North Terrace alongside all the prominent buildings in the centre of Adelaide to truly capture the contribution of sport to SA.
The establishment of a Sports Museum is the next stage in ensuring that our sporting history is profiled, featuring the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame and ensuring that this is preserved for current and future generations. Greater appreciation of our success and achievements will be promoted in the exciting presentation of the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame with our heroes, legends and inductees showcased and celebrated. The SA Sports Museum will inspire visitors to enjoy their involvement in an active, healthy lifestyle through sport and recreation.
Robert Gerard AO, Chair of the SA Sport Hall of Fame launched the Museum in the presence of Russel Wortley MLC, Barrie Robran MBE Legend of SA Sport and SA Sport Hall of Fame inductees, Juliet Haslam OAM, Charlie Walsh OAM, Phil Smyth AM and encouraged everyone to support this initiative to showcase the fantastic sporting history of South Australia which motivates and inspires everyone to enjoy sport.
Sport SA CEO, Jan Sutherland said,
“The SA Government with Minister Bignell driving the support of the SA Sports Museum has been great in generously providing the site and also support for the fit out. We are now seeking community and corporate support to bring the Museum to the next stage” “The Museum will be where we can recall the historic performances of the KPMG SA Sport Hall of Fame Inductees with their winning goals, great intercepts, shots or runs, while also highlighting the qualities that give them the “winning edge”. The current and next generations of sports stars, athletes in grassroots sports and the entire community will be inspired by their outstanding qualities and exceptional sporting prowess.”
Photos, collections, interactive media, special exhibitions for sporting events and opportunities to meet your heroes sharing their stories will form the dynamic, contemporary, inspirational and educational exhibition. The support of business and all of our community will bring our fantastic sporting history to visitors, fans and all South Australians.
Your support is greatly appreciated and for further information: http://www.sportsa.org.au/projects-events/sa-sports-museum and visit the South Australian Sports Museum project page at the Australian Sports Foundation website to donate with all donations over $2 eligible for a tax deduction through ASF.

For further information please contact: Ms Jan Sutherland, Sport SA, on 08 8353 7755,
Mobile: 0419 861 916 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Newspaper Article in The Advertiser - Saturday May 23rd, 2015

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Sporting Schools

For millions of Australians, sport is a daily habit. And it's a habit all Australians should be able to embrace and enjoy.
Sporting Schools will work to capture this connection early. By building the relationship between schools and sports, Sporting Schools will see more children take part in sport based activities - and develop healthy habits to last a lifetime.
The Australian Sports Commission, in partnership with 32 national sporting organisations, has developed the resources to help sporting clubs, coaches and teachers to run these activities.
Nationwide online registration is free for all Australian primary schools, skilled coaches and identified sporting partners.
Read more about the programme.


News Release
Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Recreation and Sport
Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Vouchers program proving a winner for children’s sport
The Government’s major program aimed at reducing the cost of junior sport for families has been a runaway success, with children now able to claim sporting vouchers from hundreds of clubs statewide. The $50 Sports Vouchers program for primary school-age children was a Labor state election promise, with $7.7 million allocated over four years in the State Budget for the initiative. READ MORE...


The Federal Minister for Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, has launched the Australian Sport Commission’s new participation game plan, Play.Sport.Australia.

This plan sets out the Australian Government’s big picture vision for boosting participation in sport, and is a sister document to Australia’s Winning Edge, the AIS’s 10-year game plan for high performance sport.

As the Minister said in launching Play.Sport.Australia. at the 2015 Business of Sport Summit, this plan is both comprehensive in its information and exciting in its ideas. It paints a compelling picture of how sport has changed in the last decade and plots the opportunities we must embrace and maximise in the years ahead. Further details are available here.


New laws no insurance for sports future
Douglas Smith
The Advertiser, 4th March 2015

South Australian sporting bosses are angry new laws introduced for volunteer screening and hiring of facilities are forcing clubs into unwanted insurance burdens. READ MORE...


News Release
Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Recreation and Sport
Sunday, 30 November, 2014
On your marks for children's sports vouchers program
Registrations are open for sports clubs and associations throughout the state to become involved in a major State Government program aimed at reducing the cost of junior sport for families. The $50 sports voucher program for primary school-age children was a Labor state election promise, with $7.7 million allocated over four years in the State Budget for the initiative. Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell said the vouchers will be available next year for all South Australian school children from Reception to Year 7. READ MORE....
Further information for sport providers and parents can also be found here on the Sports Vocuhers website.
Download the fact sheet for parents and the fact sheet for providers. If your queries aren't covered on the website or fact sheet you can email the Sports Voucher program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


2014 KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport - Media Release - 10th. November 2014
Sport in SA celebrates at the Home of South Australian Sport

On Friday night sporting dignitaries and friends applauded our success at the KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport at Adelaide Oval

Sport was on the stage for all South Australians to enjoy as we celebrated the fifth year of the KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport on Friday night in the William Magarey Room, the premier function room at Adelaide Oval. The Sport SA Awards; The Advertiser Channel Seven Sports Star of the Year Awards and our history with The KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame were presented with 450 people at the Gala Event hosted by Bruce Abernethy and Rosanna Mangiarelli from Channel Seven. Sport SA and partners Channel Seven and The Advertiser paid tribute to Robert Gerard AO with the Spirit of South Australia which was presented on only the second occasion. Robert joins Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE in this elite prestigious group. The entertaining interview by Margaret Ralston AM provided an insight into the passion and character of Robert Gerard AO. In 2014 there are five Inductees into the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame and Chris Burton OAM and Kerry O’Brien shared the highlights of outstanding sporting careers in interviews with Bruce Abernethy. The team that places these athletes on the stage were recognised with the Sport SA Awards including every aspect, representing many sports from the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Administrator of the Year, Bowls SA CEO, Mark Easton; Print Junction Coach of the Year, Cycling , Tim Decker; Sunday Mail City Bay Fun Run Inc. Volunteer Award from Table Tennis, Cynthia Langley; Club One Official of the Year - Ken Gooding, Cycling; Brand SA Country Athlete of the Year - Simon Geldenhuys, Swimming from Whyalla; Office for Recreation and Sport Event of the Year – Hammer Time (Croquet SA). Our school sport champions, Richard Newman Primary School Sports Award – Sponsored by the Department for Education & Child Development, Alex Haydon, Squash (Henley Beach Primary School) and the Secondary School Sports Award – Sponsored by Messenger Community News Limited, Jack Rossiter, Shooting (Woodcroft College). The Advertiser Channel Seven Sports Star of the Year, the best BMX rider in the world, Sam Willoughby was beamed in from the USA, enjoying an exceptional year and the Team of the Year, Australian Men’s Pursuit, leading the event in the world and Jessica Trengove was voted as the Alexander Symonds People’s Choice. Jesse Aungles, Swimmer, awarded the West Beach Community Branch, Bendigo Bank Elite Athlete with a Disability of the Year and Clare Lindop, Jockey, received the Tanya Denver Award for Endeavour and Sportsmanship. Jan Sutherland, Sport SA CEO, said, “We are delighted to celebrate every aspect of sport, from the people on the fields, courts and pool, in the offices, training venues and schools with you. Sport SA brings the stories of our sport to you now and will ensure that we record and recognise these achievements for the future. Thank you to our partners, members and friends for your support bringing our ambitious dream of this celebration to reality and ensuring that the profile of sport is at the forefront of the South Australian community”. Ends………

Photos from the event are now available:

Go to: www.festivalphoto.com.au
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Media Release
Thursday, 19 June 2014

Funding boost for healthy kids

The 2014-15 State Budget includes a number of initiatives to boost the health and wellbeing of young South Australians.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government will deliver on its election commitments to provide sports vouchers for primary school students, double the reach of a popular cycling program and establish outdoor learning areas in preschools. READ MORE...


Media Release
Wednesday 12 February 2014
Marshall reinstates $3.5m for sports program
A Marshall Liberal Government will reinstate $3.5 million annually to the Community Recreation and Sports Facilities program, which is due to be cut by the Weatherill Labor Government in 2015.
Sports clubs, recreation organisations, schools and councils have all condemned the Weatherill Labor Government for slashing $3.5 million per annum in sports funding, and the peak lobby group, Sports SA, has also called on the Government to reverse its cuts.

The program allows organisations, clubs, councils and schools to upgrade their existing sporting facilities through grants and, in past years, has paid for upgrades of oval lighting, sporting grounds and equipment. READ MORE...
 


$50 vouchers for kids sport, M. McGuire, The Advertiser
Monday 3rd March 2014

Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday announced (2nd March 2014) committed to $50 vouchers for primary school students to help pay fees at a local sporting club if Labor wins the state election. Download the media release here. Read the article here....


Party's sports pledge - Meagan Dillon, Eastern Courier Messenger
Wednesday 19th February 2014

Great write up on the Sport SA Election Issues Meeting (held Wednesday 12th February 2014) in the Eastern Courier Messenger. Download the article here.