Moneghetti’s winning streak almost perfect

Famous five: Steve Moneghetti wins his fourth City2Surf in a record time. Photo: Ben RushtonIt was 1991 and I was chasing my fourth straight win in the City2Surf. But more importantly I was eyeing off Rob De Castella’s so far unattainable course record of 40 minutes 8 seconds that had stood for nine years. I had gone close a couple of times and was beginning to think I might never get it.
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That year, the race organisers added extra incentive by putting up a $50,000 bonus if either the men’s or women’s record was broken.

The script had been written. Now I just had to play the starring role.

The race began and everything unfolded as I had hoped – perfect weather, I felt great and I burnt off the competition pretty early to allow me to focus fully on the record attempt.

As I rolled down into Bondi it was just the lead vehicle and me, and the digital time clock on its roof convinced me I was a chance if I pushed right to the finish line. I sprinted hard across the beachfront with one eye on the finish tape and one on the clock.

The seconds ticked by – 39.56, 39.57 and 39.58 as I broke the tape. Nailed it. The trifecta was mine: the win, the record and the money with a sub-40-minute run the real bonus. I was the first and only person to run in the 39 minutes. I had taken the record into another dimension.

As I savoured the moment, I noticed the driver of the lead car heading my way. Of course he wanted to congratulate me, I thought, everyone did. Why was he looking so serious? Then came the shattering answer: “Steve, Steve I just wanted to let you know that I missed the start with the clock on the lead vehicle.”

What! Hang on. By how much? I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that the damn record had eluded me yet again.

“Only five seconds mate,” he said.

The record was mine and the bonus payment but the sub-40-minute run remained elusive.

You know what? To this day, I still feel like I was cheated those five seconds.

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Greens, residents call for investigation into ICAC-linked lobbying for new mobile home laws

Taking a stand: Jan Barham, Greens MP. Photo: Edwina PicklesA controversial law governing mobile home villages should be stalled and an investigation into lobbying by industry figures conducted, according to the Greens and village residents.
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The call for a review follows a Fairfax Media report that park owner Norton Whitmont was a donor to Liberal MP Chris Hartcher’s election campaign, named in the Independent Commission Against Corruption Inquiry into alleged laundering of donations, and had benefited from the law.

Mr Whitmont’s son Theo lobbied Anthony Roberts, who was then the fair trading minister, to win major changes that will financially benefit park owners while removing protections against steep rent rises for pensioners.

”It should be delayed, reviewed and an investigation held into what lobbying happened,” Greens upper house MP Jan Barham said.

”The evidence that has come to light is that it is going to be disastrous for older people living in these parks and the advantage is solely with the owners of properties.”

Ms Barham said there was no quality consultation process and the people who stood to benefit appeared to have had a big say. A parliamentary inquiry into homelessness was told on Friday that the reforms risked ”making parks unaffordable”, according to the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association.

Independent Parks Residents Action Group secretary Justin Donkin told the inquiry residents were ”distraught” that a critic of the reforms, the advisory group Parks And Village Service, had its funding axed after 17 years.

Mr Whitmont, president of the Camping and Caravan Industry Association, had also attacked the service in his submission to the government.

Christina Steel, of the Port Stephens Park Residents Association, said the ”process was flawed” and the law should be reviewed.

Shirley Dalton, president of the resident’s committee at Mr Whitmont’s Kincumber park, said: ”We need to know what’s been going on and a review would do that.”

A spokeswoman for the Minister for Fair Trading Matthew Mason-Cox said the new law protected residents and they had received ”an equal opportunity to contribute”.

”Any suggestion the review process was anything other than transparent and comprehensive is incorrect,” she said.

Of more than 2000 submissions, ”a substantial majority” came from individual residents, she said. However, the government has refused to release the submissions, with a Fair Trading spokeswoman saying this would breach privacy. Regulations implementing the law will be released shortly.

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S Sun-Herald launch
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A bit of snap, crackle and pop for our very own party to launch the S magazine in today’s paper was held at the Ivy on Wednesday night. The new expanded entertainment guide brings you more of the best of Sydney’s celebrity and entertainment news, fashion, gossip and the social scene. It really is the go-to guide for anything and everything in town. Among the celebrities celebrating – who managed to look away from the live screens showing the State of Origin – were Wonderland’s Emma Lung and our favourite new mum, Lizzy Lovett. Plus super hot EDM duo Peking Duk kept the penthouse pumping. Happy reading. In thrall of Vivid Sydney

The Star put on a spectacular show on Tuesday night as guests were treated to its inaugural Vivid Sydney light installation. The Astral Tower was awash with colour and the champagne and canapes were flowing as the Star celebrated its grand entrance into Sydney’s annual festival of innovation, creativity and community on what could have been mistaken for a summer’s night out. Launch of Royal Dragon Vodka

To celebrate the launch of the premium Royal Dragon Vodka onto the Australian market, the brand hosted an evening of specially curated cocktails and music with Sydney DJ Lady Tre at Casablanca nightspot in Double Bay. As guests were treated to apple and lavender martinis, canapes were prepared by famed British chef Nelly Robinson. ModelCo Summer Tanning Collection launch

A gorgeous sun-drenched morning at North Bondi Fish was made even hotter when ModelCo founder Shelley Barrett made her entrance in trademark hot-pink style with two topless, washboard-stomached surfers in pink boardies in tow. This unstoppable businesswoman has made her mission affordable luxury and she changed the way women tan themselves when she launched her Tan in a Can. The latest extension of the brand is a natural range of products. Great Australian Songbook night of classic Oz Rock 

This feel-good concert which raised money for Variety, the Children’s Charity, was held at the Enmore Theatre with a line-up of the who’s who of our rock royalty, including Jon Stevens, Steve Balbi, Shannon Noll, Diesel, Ian Moss, James Morrison and John Paul Young. Lots of unforgettable musical moments and special mention to the MC with the mostest, Monica Trapaga, who wowed in a skin-tight red dress. Gourmet Traveller’s Top Hotels

The inaugural 2014 Australian Hotel Guide Awards were held at Nomad, with more than 100 of the nation’s pre-eminent hoteliers and travel industry experts in attendance. Travel doyenne Catriona Rowntree was host.  Mother of All Balls

After a three-year hiatus, La Madre Di Tutte Le Balli was back with masqueraded vengeance. Even Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Scottish actor Gerard Butler showed up in support of their Gods of Egypt co-star Bryan Brown, whose wife, Rachel Ward, is one of the chief organisers of the fund-raiser. But Hollywood and “a Night in Venice” settings aside, the money raised for the YWCA, which supports people at critical time, is a worthy cause and stories moved the room to tears. Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh, now chief executive officer of YWCA NSW, impressed with her sheer energy, might, poise and passion.

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Azura Minichiello’s baby steps to the red carpet

A pink diamond push present, a Dolce & Gabbana christening gown and bonnet, Dior ribboned booties and a change of outfits. All on the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral. It must be the christening of Sydney’s most chic baby, Azura Trésor Minichiello.
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It was fashionista Terry Biviano and Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello’s little girl’s big day – her welcome into Christian life – last Sunday at St Mary’s, two years after the couple had wed there.

“It was very intimate with our closest immediate family and friends, just 50 people,” Biviano said of the service that was followed by a four-course lunch at Matt Moran’s Aria restaurant at Circular Quay.

“It was an amazing day, the sun was out and it was a special day for Anthony and I and Azura and our extended family. Walking into St Mary’s again after being married there – and walking in to baptise our daughter – was so surreal, it was such a special and magical moment. It was where it all started. It gave me goosebumps.”

Minichiello talked about how special it was for the couple walking down the same church aisle in his speech to the families and godparents, which included Biviano’s sister and her husband and Minichiello’s sister Michelle and brother Mark.

“She will never have to look too far for support and advice because she has lots of amazing godparents who will love her and be in her life forever.”

Biviano said she and her husband had had a crash course in parenting in the past 5½ months. She was still breast feeding (interesting on the day when she had 100 french buttons to undo on her custom-made lace sheath) and Azura had her first cold this week, which sent the first-time mum into panic mode.

“She’s got a blocked nose and a chesty cough and temperatures, I have been panicking. It’s been scary.”

She did admit Mini was the more relaxed of the two although she had been surprised how naturally she had taken to motherhood. “She’s such an amazing child, I know everyone says that, but she’s such a beautiful baby and has a beautiful nature and is very calm. She takes after her father in that respect, thank goodness.

“As soon as she came home she was just the perfect baby. She slept through. She’s more relaxed than I am and we call him the greatest daddy in the world. He really is, just to watch him with Azura brings a tear to my eye, it warms my heart.” Changing rooms

There’s something happening over at the Myer bunker at the moment.

First  Sass & Bide defected to Myer from DJs, then Alex Perry fled the DJs ship, then brand-on-the-rise By Johnny signed on at Myer.

Now Gail Elliott’s label Little Joe Women will launch in Myer this August, and she couldn’t be happier.

“We were with DJs but I think change is good,” Elliott told S. “This partnership with Myer is a really good fit for us.

“They feel intimate and close whereas the other people we have worked with in the past, I didn’t feel that intimacy. They talk about the Myer family and it really does feel like that. They are such a lovely group of people and have been treating us so nicely, it make us feel very special.”

Elliott and her husband Joe Coffey had been rebuilding the label back from the brink after going into voluntary administration last year and restructuring the business.

In the past few weeks they had also opted to shut their Double Bay boutique, concentrating on their flagship Paddington store and growing their online business and in-store ranges.

“Things have changed in business for everyone so it’s a good next stage of our growth. We know a lot more than we did 10 years ago about retail so everything seems to have pulled itself together nicely.” Help for family

Big-hearted fund-raising king Pete Wilson is taking on his next challenge with Tim Wyers – the Molokai-to-Oahu paddle board world championships –  with the aim of honouring Paul Weeks who was on board missing Malaysian flight MH370. The money raised will go to Paul’s wife, Danica, and their boys, Lincoln and Jack. “I’ve done races for The Sydney Children’s hospital or something related to children all my life so, when I heard about Danica and her two boys, I thought someone has to help this poor woman,” said the father of one. “Hopefully it’ll make a difference.”  You can sponsor the team and another fund-raiser will be held at the Coogee Bay Hotel on Saturday June 28. Morsels

Far from brooding over the demise of Ten show Wake Up, James Mathison has a far more important project to focus on: baby number two. Mathison was able to take leaving the show in his stride, knowing he was heading straight to the 12-week ultrasound with wife Carlie to see his second baby for the first time. “I think it really is pretty easy to keep perspective when you have a little family that is growing,” said Mathison, who grew up with four sisters and has 17-month-old Luca. “There’s nothing quite like hearing that little heart beat for the first time … You hear that heart beat and your own heart explodes. There’s a little heart, a system and a little soul in there.”

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The Goss: Nelson Aspen in his prime time

Hollywood TV reporter Nelson Aspen, 51, is embracing his age.
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Arriving on Wednesday to promote his new book, My Prime Time, join the Sunrise team live and perform ”An Evening With Aspen” at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the entertainment guru says “you’re not getting older, you’re getting better”.

“I’m 51 years old,” he says candidly. “I’ve had the same job for 11 years which is extraordinary in television and it’s a credit to chemistry, luck, responsibility and attitude, and it is about being the best person you can be … It’s all about having that glass full,” he says, admitting to a cheeky sip of rosé as we chatted.

He has interviewed everybody from Hugh Jackman and George Clooney to Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks, but this memoir is not about his Hollywood tales. It’s an inspiring and charming memoir in which he deconstructs his lifestyle and tells of the self-discipline and energy that has kept him in the field for decades.

“I used to buzz my hair but now I’ve let it grow so I look a little younger,” he laughs, confiding that his own sunrise ritual involves pounding the pavement. “It’s not just women who disappear off TV when they age!”

Aspen is excited to be heading Down Under.

“The team are like my family, and I just can’t wait to soak it all up. I want to sit in the make-up room and chat and have coffee with the crew and just be there, I can’t wait.”

And most importantly, he’ll get to catch up with his close pal Melissa Doyle. The pair have built a solid relationship and while she is no longer co-host of Sunrise they are still best of friends.

He planned his milestone 50th birthday party last year around Doyle visiting him at the height of the drama surrounding her exit from Sunrise. The pair ended up being caught in a media mystery over ”where was Mel” after Doyle fled the headlines. “She was here and we had been planning it for the past year!’

While Aspen has a rigorous schedule when he arrives, he will spend his one night off having dinner with Doyle and her family. “I can’t wait, we have just always got on so well – she’s even convinced me to spend Christmas here this year and have fun on the sun on the beach rather than the snow in New York.”Baby-steps towards the red carpet

A pink diamond push present, a Dolce & Gabbana christening gown and bonnet, Dior ribboned booties and a change of outfits. All on the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral! It must be the christening of Sydney’s most chic baby, Azura Tresor Minichiello.

It was fashionista Terry Biviano and Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello’s little girl’s big day – her welcome into Christian life – last Sunday at St Mary’s, two years after the couple had wed there.

‘‘It was very intimate with our closest immediate family and friends, just 50 people,’’ Biviano said of the service that was followed by a four-course lunch at Matt Moran’s Aria restaurant at Circular Quay.

‘‘It was an amazing day – the sun was out and it was a special day for Anthony and I and Azura and our extended family. Walking into St Mary’s again after being married there – and walking in to baptise our daughter – was so surreal, it was such a special and magical moment. It was where it all started. It gave me goosebumps.’’

Minichiello talked about how special it was for the couple walking down the same church aisle in his speech to the families and godparents, who included Biviano’s sister and her husband, and Minichiello’s sister, Michelle, and brotherMark.

‘‘She will never have to look too far for support and advice because she has lots of amazing godparents who will love her and be in her life forever.’’

Biviano said she and her husband had had a crash course in parenting in the past 5½ months. She was still breastfeeding (interesting on the day when she had 100 French buttons to undo on her custom-made lace sheath) and Azura had her first cold this week, which sent the first-time mum into panic mode.

‘‘She’s got a blocked nose and a chesty cough and temperatures; I have been panicking. It’s been scary.’’

She did admit Mini was the more relaxed of the two, although she had been surprised how naturally she had taken to motherhood. ‘‘She’s such an amazing child. I know everyone says that, but she’s such a beautiful baby and has a beautiful nature and is very calm. She takes after her father in that respect, thank goodness.

‘‘As soon as she came home she was just the perfect baby. She slept through. She’s more relaxed than I am and we call him the greatest daddy in the world. He really is – just to watch him with Azura brings a tear to my eye, it warms my heart.’’Another label into changing rooms

There’s something happening over at the Myer bunker  at the moment.

First Sass & Bide defected to Myer from DJs, then Alex Perry fled the DJs ship, then brand-on-the-rise By Johnny also signed on at Myer.

Now Gail Elliott’s label, Little Joe Women, will launch in Myer this August, and she couldn’t be happier.

‘‘We were with DJs, but I think change is good,’’ Elliott told S. ‘‘This partnership with Myer is a really good fit for us.

‘‘They talk about the Myer family and it really does feel like that. They are such a lovely group of people and have been treating us so nicely, it make us feel very special.’’

Elliott and her husband, Joe Coffey, had been rebuilding the label  after going into voluntary administration last year and restructuring the business. In the past few weeks they shut their Double Bay boutique, concentrating on their flagship Paddington store and growing their online business and in-store ranges.

‘‘Things have changed in business for everyone, so it’s a good next stage of our growth. We know a lot more than we did 10 years ago.’’

MORSELS

Trust ModelCo founder and CEO Shelley Barrett to leave us in suspense. The creator of Tan in a Can told a gathering last week that after 12 years the company was about to “launch into an entirely new category with a full line of natural skincare in August”. And naturally there will be a stellar line-up. To date she has had Dannii Minogue, Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spruik her products, so we can’t wait to hear who the next ambassador is!

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Far from brooding over the demise of Ten show Wake Up, James Mathison has a far more important project to focus on – baby number two. Mathison was able to take leaving the show in his stride, knowing he was heading straight to the 12-week ultrasound with partner Carlie to see his second baby for the first time. ‘‘I think it really is pretty easy to keep perspective when you have a little family that is growing,’’ says Mathison, who  has four sisters and  a 17-month-old, Luca. ‘‘There’s nothing quite like hearing that little heartbeat for the first time.  Your own heart explodes.’’

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It’s the biggest charity event on the calendar and we’re hearing the annual 17th Annual Gold DInner is going to live up to the hype with a yet-to-be-disclosed venue and an Italian theme. “It’s going to be spectacular,” said one committee member. The dinner is in support of the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick.

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She’s one of the most fabulous women on TV and radio so it’s lovely to see Amanda Keller, 52, on the cover of Prevention Magazine, on sale tomorrow. In the interview she talks about her media career, her thoughts on mid-life and the years of IVF struggle she went through to have her two boys. “One of my favourite sayings is, ‘Aren’t we lucky to be getting older?’ I was with a group of friends and we were all lamenting looking like middle-aged molls. One of the girls there had lost her sister to cancer and she was the one who first said, ‘Aren’t we lucky to be getting older?’ It brought us all up short. I think, yes, aren’t we? It’s a privilege to get older, to not shy from your age, but to own it.” It’s worth picking up.

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