One step closer to living dream

CHARMAINE Garbett is one step closer to her dream of helping others with the upcoming finals of Miss International.

This beauty pageant aims to uncover someone who can act as a positive role model for other women and assist charities.

Miss Garbett is one of about 20 women from across the country who have been selected in the national finals.

From there the winner will fly to Chicago to compete in the international finals.

“What really appealed to me about this event was the access to programs that help others. I have found out about so many different programs which I can volunteer for. I have always wanted to do something for the community and have been looking for a way of doing it,” Miss Garbett said.

“The being a role model for women side would involve eating healthy, having good mental health, looking after your skin and taking care of yourself in general.”

While the former Devonport woman has undertaken several modelling courses and works casually as a promotional model, this is her first major beauty pageant.

Miss Garbett was selected for the contest after completing an online application.

Before Miss Garbett could take part in the national finals in Sydney on April 19, she had to do two things – complete a fund-raising event for charity and put together a book of photos from this event.

Miss Garbett is a beauty therapist at Savoy Day Spain Hobart so used her expertise for the charity event.

“I held a Pamper Me day recently at the Savoy Day Spa in Hobart. This was raising money for the Pamper Me program, a part of the Touch Of Goodness foundation, which raises money to pamper women with breast, cervical or ovarian cancer,” she said.

“The idea behind this is to help out charity and show you have a desire to, but is not about who raises the most money.”

A film and photography crew will follow their journey at the finals.

“The judges will be looking not just at presentation and poise, but your presence on stage and how you interact with people. They need to see these things to decide who will be a great role model for other women and charity.”

Fund-raising is still under way in the lead-up to the finals and Miss Garbett is selling bracelets, earrings and keyrings for organisation Jewellery For A Cause.

To follow Miss Garbett’s journey or to assist her fund- raising visit her Facebook page: Charmaine Garbett For Miss International Australia.

Charmaine Garbett

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Victory breaks dry spell for Fry

Rowena Fry.TASMANIA’S Rowena Fry has claimed a home state victory, with the Launceston-born competitor taking out the Subaru Oceania championship title in the open women’s cross country eliminator in Glenorchy yesterday.

The win was an Easter delight for Fry, who placed second in Saturday’s cross country behind Olympian Karen Hanlen (NZL).

“I haven’t had a win in a long time, I’m really happy to come away with an Oceania eliminator title,” Fry said.

Fry clinched the victory from under-19 riders Holly Harris and Emily Parkes. Parkes seeded fastest and led from the gun in the final, before falling on a rough corner allowing Fry to capitalise.

“Em Parkes has been starting really well which is really impressive and again she was super quick off the line,” Fry said.

“We came into one of the corners and it is quite gravelly and she slid out on it and I narrowly avoided being taken out too – I managed to get around her and re-start and Holly was on my wheel by then but I managed to pull away which was great,” she said.

In the men’s race, New Zealand’s Samuel Gaze made it two-from-two winning the eliminator after he was victorious in Saturday’s under-19 cross country.

Gaze came from behind to steal the win from Australia’s Nicholas Morgan and Tristan Ward.

“I am pretty surprised and chuffed at the same time,” Gaze said. “It’s great to come from winning yesterday in the cross country to winning an elite title, its awesome.”

Under-19 Australian National champion Ben Bradley snapped his chain during the race, causing him to crash and allowing Gaze to make his way through the field.

“Off the gun I slipped and didn’t get my pedal in until halfway down the straight, but I still managed to get into third place early in the race.

“It was hard to keep myself calm while everything was going on. I was about to attack when the other two riders made a mistake so I thought I better go now and I managed to hold them off until the finish which was good.

“Ben Bradley was the highest ranked U19 rider in the world last year – it’s quite a good boost for me heading into the European season,” Gaze said.

The 2013 Australian Mountain Bike Series finishes in Atherton, Queensland, when cross country riders head to the Tablelands for the Subaru Marathon Australian Championships on April 21.

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Boarding school smooths out ripples at home

Let go: Diver Bronte Russell with her mother, Cath Davies. Photo: Mick TsikasThe secret to improving your relationship with your teenager might be what was once considered a punishment – sending them to boarding school.

A longitudinal study of more than 5000 boarding and day students at 13 Australian boarding schools found boarders have better relationships with their parents.

Researcher Professor Andrew Martin, of the University of Sydney, said it was likely ”a bit of the old absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

”Also, some of those daily battles parents have with their kids over homework and so on have been shifted onto someone else.

”And interactions between boarders and parents tend to be more of an enjoyable experience, in the sense that parents might take them out for a meal because they won’t see them for a few more weeks.”

As a self-described ”helicopter parent”, Cath Davies said sending her teenage daughter off to boarding school was traumatic: ”I cried for three months before she went, just at the thought of losing her.”

Her daughter, Bronte Russell, was a talented diver and moved from Newcastle to PLC Sydney in year 9 on sporting and indigenous scholarships.

”Mum called me like four times a day, which was so annoying,” the 17-year-old said. ”It got to the point that I actually had to intentionally miss her calls.”

Over time, Cath Davies said, she gradually ”let go”.

”Whenever I came home, I used to appreciate the time so much and I saw it from a different perspective,” Bronte said. ”Mum and I used to argue so much. It was ridiculous. Now we hardly argue.”

Her mother adds: ”It’s because you are constantly nagging them at home. But you’re not the nagger at boarding school. Someone else is.”

Australian Boarding Schools Association executive director Richard Stokes doubts the study would have found the same results had it been done a few decades ago.

Boarding school was ”a pretty average place” and limited contact with parents meant students often felt neglected and resentful. ”You used to get a slip for the pay phone for three minutes once a week,” he said. ”Parents actually have a relationship with their kids now and don’t feel like they’re getting rid of them. In many ways, the ugly parts of teenage life are covered by the boarding school and the parents get the nice parts.”

Brian Sullivan is the head of boarding at Knox Grammar and said his boys were regularly ”Skyping, emailing and texting” their parents. He said parents often couldn’t believe how much their relationships with their sons improved.

”When they actually see their parents, they have really good quality time,” he said. ”Because of that distance, the boys often have a lot more respect and appreciation towards their parents for the sacrifices they’ve made.”

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Women earn their way to new roles

Author Liza Mundy says she thought about Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she penned her manifesto on the rise of the female breadwinner.

Not only does Australia’s first female prime minister embody the increasing economic power of women that Mundy chronicles in her book The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family, but Gillard’s partnership with former hairdresser now charity ambassador Tim Mathieson also embodies the “flip” Mundy observes is more often taking place in our romantic relationships, too.

“Increasingly it is the case within relationships that women are the ones who are earning more,” said Mundy, who is also a writer at The Washington Post.

“In [the United States] among working wives, nearly 40 per cent of working women are the higher earner in their marriage.”

Mundy will speak about her book in Sydney next weekend at the All About Women festival, which is sponsored by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Her work received significant media attention in her home country when it was published last year, sparking a cover story in Time magazine, not to mention a small backlash from some fellow feminists.

“There has been some feminist concern – that one doesn’t want to overemphasise women’s achievement, that we need to keep our attention focused on the glass ceiling and the gender pay gap,” she said, while acknowledging that both still exist.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the gender pay gap stood at 17.4 per cent in Australia last year, up from 2005, when it hit a low of 15.1 per cent.

But Mundy says: “We need to acknowledge the changes that are taking place.

“This is a very cliched way to say it, but I do think we’re sort of at a glass half full, glass half empty point in the conversation.”

Among these changes are higher rates of women undertaking tertiary study than their male counterparts, which Mundy contends could mean women will overtake men as primary breadwinners.

The challenges this poses to traditional dynamics in romantic relationships are complex.

“I tried to argue to younger women if there’s a generation of men now who are maybe not as well credentialled as you are, that could potentially be an advantage because their career is not necessarily going to drive you out of the workforce,” she said, noting that it is still usually women whose careers take a back seat when both partners are professionals of similar standing.

See Liza Mundy at All About Women, supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney Opera House, April 7.


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Jockeys’ winning antics a bone of contention

Tough crowd: Dundeel’s win in the Rosehill Guineas hasn’t convinced everyone. Photo: Jenny EvansJockeys “lairising” is a problem, says Ray Murrihy, the Racing NSW chief steward, referring to their antics before and after the finish when winning races.

Stewards grilled Brenton Avdulla following his success on Arinosa in the Birthday Card Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. “He was making gestures to the crowd,” Murrihy said, but the stipes didn’t take any action.

Murrihy says jockeys are attempting to “outdo” each other with their antics after scoring.

For instance, James McDonald, 22, stood high and briefly took his hands off the reins when notching an effortless victory on It’s A Dundeel in the Rosehill Guineas. ”It was his first breach,” Murrihy said regarding a light fine of $400 for the New Zealander.

Glen Boss is a serial offender, his last slug was $1000. His spectacular saddle exploits became part of the Sydney scene before he moved to Melbourne, where some are taking offence, judging by letters to the Winning Post. “Perhaps it is accepted in Hong Kong, but in my opinion the negatives outweigh the positives,” Murrihy said. “Jockeys have come down and there has been severe interference after the winning post from loss of control.”

Well, why is it getting worse?HOUSE TROUBLE

Even Victoria’s lighter assessments for imports would not have helped Carlton House, in the Ajax Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Alas, he’s not the right type for Australian conditions. It wasn’t weight that stopped him, but hoof or leg problems.

Meanwhile, Jet Away, a $300,000 buy, scored again at Caulfield, taking advantage of the lenience extended down there to those coming off overseas form.

Chris Waller also took advantage of the situation with Rugged Cross in a benchmark 82 at Sandown (Hillside) on Wednesday. Rugged Cross was having his first start since running second at Pontefract, Britain, in a listed, weight-for age race in July last year. Waller had given him two barrier trials in Sydney.

Wise guys figured he would have been handicapped with three kilos more in a similar race in NSW. On reflection, Carlton House, owned by the Queen, should have been treated with caution.

Overseas class doesn’t always convert to Australian conditions. Also, barrier manners and a reasonably clean break at the start often come against foreign entires. Carlton House didn’t barrier trial, which should have been a warning sign. Julienas, his stablemate, trained by Gai Waterhouse, and successful in the Manion Cup, is a more effective type.BEIRNE DISAGREES

New Zealander It’s A Dundeel made the Rosehill Guineas opposition look very common indeed on Saturday, but surely it was a substandard eight-horse field. Still, Betfair’s Dom Beirne indicated it was “the highest rated since 1996, when Octagonal beat Saintly, Nothin’ Leica Dane and Filante and It’s A Dundeel now has an overall IWS rating three lengths ahead of his Derby rival, Fiveandahalfstar”. Consider last year when Laser Hawk downed Ocean Park and Silent Achiever with Ambidexter, Hoylonny, Merlin Mustang and Sangster included in the also-rans. Incidentally, Ambidexter is a half-brother to Sidestep, which triumphed in Saturday’s Pago Pago.EASTER GRIPE

“Curmudgeon” (someone considered bad tempered, disagreeable and stubborn) was the one-word message from Jan Woolard, regarding my reference about about the switch from Royal Randwick on Easter Saturday, and who could argue? About 10,000 went to Rosehill on Saturday for what was once the biggest racing attendance in Sydney. Possibly the most curmudgeonly complaint of the afternoon came from a legal man. “The betting ring is now a beer garden,” His Honour said regarding table and chairs plus boozing in what was once a prized area for the punt. Chairs are required for aged legs because once-great stayers now need respite like a boxer between rounds.ROY THE BOY

Roy Horton, 91, was at Rosehill on Saturday for the running of the Darby Munro Stakes. Munro was regarded by him as Australia’s greatest jockey and Horton rode against the best, including George Moore. Horton was educated at Kensington Public School, which turned out fine scholars (including yours truly) and was in the same class as Lionel Bowen and Lionel Murphy, who went on to leave their mark in politics. Young Roy got better marks.HORSE TO FOLLOW

Try Keith’s Legacy in the last at Randwick on Monday. Maybe the gelding was only 10th to Altered Boy over the Rosehill 1200 metres on March 2 but he was checked near the 800m and 200m.DISAPPOINTING

Two strong fancies came down with the thumps at Rosehill: Sea Siren, easing at $6.50, ended up eighth in The Galaxy, while Crafty Irna, the $4.40 favourite, was seventh in the Epona Stakes.

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