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ON Tuesday afternoon my good friend, Ella,
asked me if I would indulge her in a spot of
kayaking down at Lock 4 in Berri.
She pitched it as a good way to blow off
some steam after a hard two days of work and
enjoy each other’s company to the backdrop of
the great Murray.
To be frank, I was ambivalent towards the
premise – isn’t kayaking an old person’s thing?
I put my prejudice aside and went along for
the trip. There is no guarantee of getting old
anyway, so what’s to lose?
double, the rest in singles – and traversed out
into the river, towards the unchartered back-
It was around the time that my skipper and
I were having grave difficulty negotiating a
patch of unyielding reeds and shallow waters
that I thought to myself, “Um, is this a meta-
phor for my life?”.
And so the theme was set. My life was the
trajectory of the kayak and our surroundings
were symbols for the relentless and unpredict-
able obstacles that make this whole dance just
that little bit more... slippery.
This is how it went.
The Sun: That thing you’re still trying to fig-
ure out exactly how much of you need in your
life; alcohol, chocolate, a particular person.
You know it’s good in small doses because
it makes you feel elevated, but too much of
a good thing can be a bad thing and no one
wants to end up in a mad house. Either way,
you’re going to have to learn how to manage
your relationship to it ’cos it ain’t going any-
The Logs: The small yet unavoidable incon-
veniences in your everyday life. Sometimes
they are many; sometimes they are sequential.
Depending on what side of the bed you’ve
awoken they can either be the quirky little
additions to your usual routine (“Oh life, how
many other places can you find to hide my
keys today?”) or tip-of-the-iceberg, meltdown-
inducing-cataclysms (“IF I DON’T FIND MY
KEYS IN 30 SECONDS I AM QUITTING
MY JOB AND MOVING TO INDIA!”).
The Dual Cab: Sometimes life is better with
a first mate.
The Carp: Just when you think you’ve got
everything sorted, you become victim to the
wrath of another being, who, much like your-
self is just trying to exist in this world. All you
can do is sit there, accept that it is out of your
control and hope they find whatever it is they
are thrashing around violently looking for.
The Secret Tributary: When you finally find
peace after what seemed like an endless battle.
You didn’t think it existed and you never knew
it could be so beautiful.
The Capsize: And then you fall off the
The Back Pain: That insistent feeling that
you could always be doing something differ-
ently and causing yourself less discomfort. Or
just longing for a glass of wine and a massage.
After an hour and a half of oar-ing and fro-
ing, finally, we were almost back to the lock.
“What’s this bit?” Ella asked as we floated
closer to the bank.
“This, El, is the end. This is death,” I
“Nah,” she replied, nonchalantly, “it’s just a
good night’s sleep.”
BERRI resident Alana Grinell has joined
fellow Riverlander Nathan Woodrow as
a local nominee in this year’s Channel 9
Young Achiever Awards.
The 27-year-old dietician was nominated
in the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency
Rural Health Awards, with judging to take
place on Thursday, March 15.
Winners will be announced at a gala din-
ner in Adelaide on Friday, May 11.
Alana joins young
A STATE Government grant
for the Barmera Netball Club
will help beautify the lake front
area, according to Berri Barmera
Mayor Peter Hunt.
Earlier this week Barmera
Netball Club was one of three
Riverland organisations to share
in almost $600,000 through the
Sporting Surfaces program.
Mr Hunt described the
$438,000 to upgrade and install
four netball and basketball
courts as a “great result” for the
Barmera netball and basketball
“It’s exciting for the netball as
the courts haven’t been upgraded
in a while,” he said.
“It’s also going to help
develop that part of the lake
front and really beautify the
Through the program
Cobdogla Tennis Club received
$88,000 to resurface four tennis
courts and Renmark Paringa
Council received $70,000 to re-
place the indoor multi-purpose
playing surface at the Alan
Coulter Recreation Centre.
Barmera Netball Club
president Benita Dillon said
members were relieved to
receive the funding, which she
described as “amazing” news.
Mrs Dillon was also in charge
of Cobdogla Tennis Club’s grant
application and said the club
was eager to start playing on the
resurfaced courts, once completed.
Renmark Basketball Club
president Kieran Johnson said
the upgrades were a long time
coming for the clubs using the
The State Government grant
program is designed to increase
the number of South Australians
who play sport once a week,
leading to healthier, more active
Local Member for Chaffey
Tim Whetstone wrote to the
State Government last year in
support of the netball and tennis
Members of the Barmera basketball and netball clubs celebrating this week’s $438,000 funding grant to upgrade their facilities.
PHOTO: Jane Kuerschner
New playing fields for local clubs
Ca h for court
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