In the Archives: Waters receives statewide school sport honour

By Benalla Ensign


A desire to compete at an Olympic level inspires keen Swanpool cross country runner, Rachel Waters, who was recently awarded a state-wide sports award.

The 12-year-old was among several winners in the annual 16th Victorian School Sports Awards, honoured for her cross-country achievements.

The annual awards are one of the highest sporting accolades presented across Victorian primary and secondary government schools.

Presented at the MCG on Friday, March 12, the award recognised Waters as making an outstanding contribution to school sport and achievements in cross country competitions.

This is the second state-wide honour Waters has received, with the young sports star also winning an athletics honour in 2008. In receiving her award, Waters said it was a huge thrill being recognised for something she loved – running.

“It means a lot to me as it is a great honour,” she said.

When asked what she enjoyed most about cross country running, the Year 7 student at FCJ said,” I like running as a team and being exhausted at the end, knowing that you could not have run any faster.”

Also in the Ensign this week in 2010:

● Benalla Rural city councillors voted overwhelmingly against a planning permit for a two-dwelling development in Devenish.

● Daphne Bailey was welcomed into Benalla Lions Club after moving to Benalla from Rye.

● David Whitechurch and Pip O’Donoghue took out Benalla Lawn Tennis Club’s men’s and women’s singles championships respectively.

● Benalla College’s Claire Block and Hannah Botta were invited to swim in the VSSSA (Victorian Secondary Schools’ Sports Association) finals after a successful Eastern Zone swimming competition.


Elizabeth Routledge of Benalla finally met up with penfriend Teresa Math from Tutong in Bruni with whom she has been exchanging letters with for the past 35 years.

The couple first began writing when Elizabeth was in high school in New Zealand and Teresa was attending school in the state of what is now Sabah, in British North Borneo.

Great fiends: Elizabeth Routledge (right) met up with penfriend Teresa Math in Benalla.

The couple first spoke to each other in 1988 when Elizabeth phoned to congratulate Teresa on the birth of her son Bryan. Teresa and Elizabeth said that the motivation to keep writing after all these years is the common bond that exists between their families.

This is Tereasa’s second visit to Australia. The first was in 1988, this time her and husband Yohan with their son Bryan are here for four weeks visiting some of their relatives.

Teresa has a sister in Sydney, daughters in Adelaide and Melbourne and a bother in Perth. She also has a son and daughter in America and a sister in Canada, so there is no shortage of accommodation for the couple in their travels.

Also in the Ensign this week in 1995:

● The Shire of Delatite’s first Chief Executive Officer, Rob Hausner started his new position.

● Local garbage collector, Peter de Soyer, was celebrated after picking his one millionth big green bin in Benalla.

● Benalla triathlete Dale Woonton won the Victorian State Championships (U/17) for the third consecutive year.

● St Joseph’s captain Trevor Saker scooped the pool to win all three major individual awards in the Cleary Shield for season 1994/95.