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Sprint king Usain Bolt hits the A-League training track with the Mariners

Staff writers, August 21, 2018 7:47AM Kids News

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Usain Bolt arriving at Sydney International airport ahead of his trial today with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Jenny Evans media_cameraUsain Bolt arriving at Sydney International airport ahead of his trial today with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Jenny Evans

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SOCCER: Usain Bolt hits the A-League training track for the first time today with the Central Coast Mariners.

All eyes will be on the Jamaican eight-time Olympic gold medallist — on his 32nd birthday — for the official beginning of his indefinite* training period with the NSW club.

Bolt will show off his moves and famous speed with his teammates at the 10am training session in Gosford. Bolt has to prove to the club whether he is good enough to secure a playing contract.

“Players who people maybe don’t think are going to make it professionally, a lot of times they prove people wrong, because they’re the ones who’ve got the desire and the determination,” Mariners assistant Nick Montgomery said. “For me, that always outweighs* talent in naturally gifted players. I’ve seen it numerous times.”

Cats coach Chris Scott. Picture: AAP media_cameraCats coach Chris Scott. Picture: AAP

AFL: Geelong has thrown its support behind Chris Scott, rewarding the premiership coach with a long-term contract extension.

Fox Footy’s AFL 360 confirmed last night Scott had signed a new four-year deal with the Cats.

Jockey Damien Oliver with the Scobie Breasley Medal . Picture: AAP media_cameraJockey Damien Oliver with the Scobie Breasley Medal . Picture: AAP

RACING: Champion jockey Damien Oliver yesterday was awarded his ninth win in the Scobie Breasley Medal — 22 years after he won the inaugural* award in 1996.

Oliver polled 54 votes and was a runaway 10-vote winner in the 2017-2018 Scobie Breasley Medal,.

Winner of the Melbourne Jockeys’ Premiership Craig Williams was second on 44 votes, with Damian Lane third on 36, but he didn’t leave empty-handed as he won one of the two new awards, ‘The Most Valuable Jockey’, which was voted by his peers.

Oliver said he was surprised to win the award.

“It’s a little bit of a shock. I didn’t have a great start after not having a great spring,” he said.

“I managed to turn it around with a successful autumn.”

GLOSSARY

indefinite: no end date planned

outweighs: is stronger than

inaugural: first ever

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1. How many OIympic gold medals has Usain Bolt won?

2. How many years is Chris Scott’s new deal?

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