Melissa Hoar retires, young athletes head to Canada

FUTURE athletic champions Lilly Bennett and Connor Griffiths are hoping to compete in Canada and are calling on community support to help finance the trip.

Another Narooma local who has already trod the path to international sporting fame and glory is Melissa Hoar.

Melissa last week announced her retirement from the sport of skeleton after failing to qualify for this month’s Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia.

“Heartbroken to say that I will not be competing in the Sochi Olympics,” Melissa posted on Facebook.

“Gave it my all and had some bad luck. With mixed emotions I've decided to hang up my helmet for good.

“Skeleton has provided me with some amazing opportunities and formed a big part of my adult life.

“I will miss the friends who were like family for six months of the year. “Big thank you to everyone who supported me over the years, there are a lot of you and I appreciate every single word and gesture of encouragement. Much love!”

Like Lilly and Connor, Melissa started out her sporting career sprinting for flags on the beach and then progressed to state, national and international competition, including the last Winter Olympics at Vancouver.

She is set to return to Narooma this week for a visit, travelling over from California where she studied to become a chiropractor.

The Narooma News next week hopes to get Melissa and the two youngsters to meet up for a bit of extra motivation and inspiration.

The community meanwhile can help Lilly and Connor get to Canada by attending the fun filled night in the “Montague Room” at Club Narooma on Saturday, February 15.

Doors open at 5.30pm, trivia starts at 6pm and the main auction of donated items will start at 8pm.

Get a team together for the entertaining trivia night. Cost is $20 per person including a light supper.

Get lucky with one of the door prizes, buy some raffle tickets with all prizes drawn on the night, participate in the silent auction or of course raise your hand high and bid on one of the main auction items.

It is all for a great cause and all the money raised will go towards the costs involved sending both Lilly and Connor to Canada where they will represent Australia in athletics in July this year and towards Little Athletics Narooma.

All RSVP’s to attend the night are to be in by this Friday, February 7.

Please direct all questions, donations and RSVPs to Monique Craig from Triumph Events & Management on 0433 770 800.

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