Australian National Champion 2010 Under 17 female red belt 55-59kg

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    Fiona Christodoulou
 Australian National Champion 2010
  Under 17 female red belt 55-59kg
 It’s not every day you walk away                                                            years ago, when at the age of 9,
 with a Gold medal, but for Fiona                                                            Fiona started taekwondo lessons at
                                                                                             Earlwood Public School, twice a
 Christodoulou that dream be-                                                                week with Master Nick Kagaras of
 came a reality on the 23rd of                                                               Pheonicks taekwondo. She very
                                                                                                                                                       Cherie Burton,
 October 2010. Fiona was just                                                                quickly realized taekwondo was the                    NSW Member for Kogarah
 one of over 1000 competitors at                                                             sport for her.
                                                                                               Fiona is a year 9 student at Domre-            FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT
 the National Taekwondo Cham-                                                                my College, Five Dock who is dedi-
 pionship which was held this
                                                                                                                                              $10,000 grant
                                                                                             cated to both her studies and rigor-
 year in Canberra . This was her                                                             ous training. She wouldn’t have it
 third time representing NSW at                                                              any other way. In her words “ Taek-

                                                                                                                                            for this Sunday’s
                                                                                             wondo is my life, I love this sport and
 National level, her previous two
                                                                                             have long term goals of making the
 attempts saw her walk away                                                                  Olympic team. One day I hope to
 with Silver medals. So it was
                                                                                             run my own school. Its hard work but
 third time lucky.                                                                           very rewarding.”
                                                                                               Fiona is expected to grade up to

        iona fought in two fights in                                                         the next belt, Bo Dan (red-black)                 Cherie Burton, NSW Member for Kog-
        the under 17 female red belt                                                         next month. She is looking forward             arah proved yet again why she is one of
        division. She defeated her                      Fiona Christodoulou                  to achieving her black belt next               parliament’s most proactive members.
first opponent with a score of 14-0            Her love for the sport, her hard              year. In the meantime she will be              Cherie Burton pledged to do all that was
and subsequently scored 5-1 against           work as well as her determination is           training hard for the next tourna-             possible to secure state government fund-
her second opponent. Her two wins             what made the dream of achieving a             ment in December this year, the                ing for the Marathon 2500 Festival and on
earned her the Gold medal.                    Gold medal possible. It all started 5          Summer Open.                                   Thursday she delivered. The NSW State
                                                                                                                                            Government, through the efforts of
        Jim Saltis’ recently published book,                                                                                                Cherie Burton have pledged a $10,000
                                                                                                                                            grant towards this Sunday’s festival, held

                  My Four Homes
                                                                                                                                            at St George Stadium.
                                                                                                                                               The organisers of the Marathon 2500
                                                                                                                                            Festival have pledged all proceeds to
   A Review.                      to 1922? How did the Kythe-                                            what a “ Alex” kid “ went          David Tipler’s “Run for Life” marathon
   Being a “ baby boomer” ,       rians and Greeks who had                                               through”, and the 3GG kids,        which he is running this Sunday in
and eldest child of Kyther-       immigrated to various parts                                            (third generation Greeks),         Greece. This grant will assist enormously
ian-Greek immigrants to           of Egypt, including “ Hel-                                             the next generation, will have     in funding the costs associated with stag-
Australia, from the 1950’ s, I    lenic” enclaves in cities such                                         access to this knowledge as        ing such an event, meaning more can then
grew up as a Greek-Aus-           as Alexandria live, in the pe-                                         well. Greeks, particularly         be donated towards David’s quest to raise
tralian “ cafe kid”. I share “    riod to 1956?                                                          Greeks of the diaspora, must       $100K. Cherie represents what we should
cafe kid” experiences with t-        Jim Saltis has “filled a book”,                                     continue to chronicle their        all expect from our local members.
housands of others from my        book, My Four Homes, with                                              experiences and their stories.        In her electorate of Kogarah, she is
generation; standing up on a      Alexandrian experiences. This                                          When “ Greek” stories are          known for the arduously long hours she
banana box to receive money       constitutes a very significant                                         retained, explained, and           dedicates to serving her community. It is
for fruit, vegetables, choco-     achievement. Jim manages to                                            maintained, the Hellenic           not uncommon for Cherie to be seen
lates, milk shakes, lollies,      convey, in a deeply evocative                                          spirit is regained.                working on weekends, attending commu-
from customers, making or-        way, how a Kytherian-Greek-                                               That is why when the op-        nity meetings or civic receptions with her
ange “ squash” (juice) from       Egyptian lived in Alexandria,                                          portunity arose to print and       2 young children in tow. Cherie Burton’s
fresh oranges, arranging ap-      in the 1930’ s, and 40’ s. What                                        publish an English version of      popularity and appeal rests in her no-non-
ples in “ artistic” stacks,       was it like growing up in an                                           Jim’ s story, my fellow            sense, direct approach and down to earth
washing potatoes in large         Arabic milieu? What was the          did Kythera & Greece seem         Trustee of the Kytherian           personality.
tubs, working late to help        look, and “ feel” and smell of       like through the eyes of a y-     World Heritage Fund, Ange-            She represents someone’s mother, sis-
serve the audiences that exit-    Alexandria? How well did             oung Kytherian-Greek-E-           lo Notaras, and I, rushed in       ter, daughter, friend or colleague so in all
ed the next door cinema, who      the various “ foreign” chil-         gyptian? How did the con-         to help edit. foster, finance,     of us, there is something in Cherie that we
feeling a bit “ peckish”, want-   dren intermingle. What was           trast between the two cul-        and promote the book.              can identify with. The Battle of Marathon
ed to make a late night “ s-      it like going to school there?       tures, the Greek and the E-          Congratulations Jim, on a       is one of history’s most famous battles. It
nack” purchase. Weekends          What was it like travelling          gyptian, influence Jim’ s reac-   story well told. I hope that y-    not only served to change the course of
spent working in the shop,        around the city, and going to        tion to Kythera? Why did his      our efforts encourage other        history, but it also signified the birth of
whilst the Australian children    the shops, and the cinemas?          grandfather seem to act in        members of your generation,        the great marathon race – both of which
played sport. Trying desper-         What was the relationship         such strange ways towards         whatever their life circum-        will be honoured and celebrated at the
ately to disown my “ wog”         between the various fami-            him?                              stances, to chronicle their ex-    festival this Sunday.
heritage, so that I could more    lies? What were some of the             I could go on asking these     periences and their stories. It       Cherie recognises the importance of
readily “ fit into” Anglo-Aus-    life stories of persons from         question, but if I do, I will     is so important.                   such an event, not only in terms of culture
tralian culture. You could fill   these families? What kinds of        spoil your enjoyment of Jim’                     George C Poulos     and history but in what it represents to lo-
a book with “ cafe kid” expe-     houses did Greeks live in?           s story. The important thing                                         cal citizens and beyond. This Sunday,
riences.                          What was the standard of liv-        is that Jim has managed to          Trustee, Kytherian World         Cherie Burton will be attending the
   But what knowledge could       ing? What if, like Jim’ s fa-        commit his story to the writ-     Heritage Fund Public Relations     Marathon Festival to take part in and en-
                                                                       ten word, and hence man-          Officer, Kytherian Association
I have about the experiences      ther, the Greeks were em-                                              of Australia                       joy the closing ceremony. The Marathon
of previous generations of        ployed in occupations that           aged to achieve a number of         Editor,        www.kythera-      2500 Festival is held this Sunday 31st Oc-
Greeks and Kytherians, who        were seasonal, or dependent          important things. He has                         tober at St George Stadium, Bestic Street
lived a very different life, in   on the patronage of English-         managed to preserve his ex-         Published in 2009, by the        Kyeemagh. The day kicks off from 10am
various, very different coun-     garrisons? What if, at times,        periences for posterity, and      Kytherian World Heritage           with music and dance whilst all wait in an-
tries? How did the Kytheri-       there was not enough food            for the enjoyment of future       Fund
                                                                                                                                            ticipation for the arrival of Aristotle Kak-
ans and Greeks who had em-        on the table?                        generations. He has man-            Price: $25                       ageorgiou as he makes his way into the S-
igrated to Smyrna and other          What were frequent visits         aged to communicate his ex-         Available from Jim Saltis, Ph.   tadium at the conclusion of his marathon
parts of Turkey live, in the      back to Kythera like for Jim         perience. Now a “ café kid”       93999767, and, jimsaltis@optus-    run at approximately 5pm.
period from the 19th century,     and his young siblings? What         can understand; can “ know”,