Five of the best local sporting moments
FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright capped an emotional year by winning her maiden world title at the Roxy Pro in France. Wright lost her uncle last year while older brother Owen Wright has been out of competition in 2016 after a head injury in Hawaii in December. She won the first event of the year on the Gold Coast and was in the box seat heading into France after winning another three events in the lead-up.
THE defending premiers look to be going from strength to strength this season after taking out the inaugural Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Twenty20 premiership. Batsmen Tait Burns, Alec Williams, Jamie Wilson and Caleb Ziebell have all been in terrific form with the bat during October. The addition of former NSW Sheffield Shield spin bowler Anthony Kershler has only added more depth to the side.
Kiwis win Sevens
NEW Zealand team Melville, from the Hamilton region in the North Island, put on a dominant display at the annual Byron Bay Rugby Sevens.
It was their second year at the tournament and they easily accounted for Fijian outfit Nadro Navosa 33-0 in the final.
FORMER Ballina bowler Aaron Teys added the Australian champion of champions singles titles to his growing list of national achievements.
He won the Australian Open on the Gold Coast last year and is also the current indoor champion.
Russell revved up
Goonellebah driver David Russell had a big month on the race track at Bathurst, Gold Coast and New Zealand.
Russell had top 10 finishes with his Nissan Motorsport team in the Bathurst 1000 and on the Gold Coast two weeks later.
He went on to win the Hampton Downs 101 Australian GT Endurance Championship as a co-driver with Roger Lago.