Soccer gala day and Olumpic diving gold medallist visits

BALLARAT and District Soccer Association is joining forces with Football Federation Victoria to run a gala day for seven to 11-year-olds in Ballarat today.

Zone development officer David Broadbent said more than 200 youngsters would take part in activities, including small sided games.

First-year Sports Education and Development Australia students will run the FFV-organised event at Victoria Park.

OLYMPIC DIVING MEDALLIST VISITS

OLYMPIC diving gold medallist Chantelle Newbery will be a special guest at a Ballarat Sportsmen's Club monthly dinner tonight.

She became Australia's first Olympic diving gold medallist in 80 years and first ever female diving gold medallist at Athens in 2004.

She won the 10-metre platform event and also took bronze in the women's synchronised 3m springboard at Athens.

Athens was one of three Olympic Games for Newbery, who also competed at Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in 2008.

Her visit to Ballarat coincides with the sportsmen's club annual swimming night, which will feature the presentation of the Mick O'Neill Swimming Award.

MAIDEN HEATS AT BALLARAT DOGS

BALLARAT Greyhound Racing Club features nine GRV Victorian Bonus Incentive Scheme maiden heats, 450m, on its program tonight.

The feature event on the 12-race program though is the Topcat Video (bitches) final, 450m.

Former track record holder Magic Diva will start a firm favourite.

The Lara chaser has a great record on the Morshead Park circuit, with wins in he latest five trips to Ballarat.

The first race tonight is at 6.57pm.

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