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(generated from captions) This Program is Captioned Live. Victorian towns hit by flash

severe weather on the way.

mobilises across North Also today, the Defence

Queensland to help rebuild broken communities.

protesters crowd the streets, broken communities. Egyptian

after Friday prayers and after Friday prayers and long

into the night in mostly

peaceful rallies. And three

Pakistani cricket players charged with taking bribes for a match in England Good morning, you're watching a match in England last year.

ABC News 24 this Saturday, ABC News

ABC News 24 this Saturday, I'm

Jane Hutcheon. Taking a quick look at the weather: Mostly

fine in Sydney, showers for Brisbane and Adelaide, showers

for Canberra with strong winds, rain easing in Melbourne, late

rain for Hobart, windy in Perth

and afternoon storms in Darwin.

Checking international markets:

There's been severe

flooding across parts of

Victoria and it's expected to continue well into this

morning. Areas which already

mid-west Victoria, the been hit include north-west and

north-east and eastern regions

and central Victoria. There's a

severe weather warning for

flash flooding for people in

the south-west, north central,

northern country, northern country, Wimmera,

Mallee, central west and south

Gippsland and north-east districts. There are several flood warnings in the flood warning for the Loddon River, including bull lock creek, Bendigo Creek, Pyramid Creek and Kerang Lakes. A

moderate flood warning is current for the Murray River

and there's a minor warning for

the Avoca River. the Avoca River. Emergency

crews in Victoria have rescued

84 people from floodwaters heavy rain continues to fall on the state. The State Emergency Service has received 3,000 calls for help, an emergency warning Creswick, north of Ballarat, as storms intensify there.

Residents of Halls Gap in the

Grampians have again been told to leave their homes because of the risk of landslides. It's the fourth Victorian towns are being the fourth time since September drechd. This latest extreme super-cell thunderstorm moving over the state. Already, dozens

of communities are being warned of another deluge already heavy rainfall expected on Riverine flooding is again. Mildura has already

two hours. It has left streets

blocked and dozens of homes communities under threat are still time. Halls still recovering from last may be at direct risk of are some of those that again

flooding by the heavy rainfall that is expected. hardest hit today. Up of rain is forecast. Melbourne

won't escape the wild weather. Between 50 and 100mm expected to saturate the Far Eastern suburbs English tourist suffered serious head injuries when a tree fell on her tent during time it is hoped the rain will thunderstorms in Doncaster in

be short-lived. The heaviest north-east Victoria by Saturday

evening and clear overnight. evening and clear overnight.

A reminder that, no matter

if you are in a flood affected

the State Emergency Service, area and you need to contact

the number is the same. Please call: To Queensland where two men reported missing near Cardwell after Cyclone

about the whereabouts of well. Police now have concerns

reportedly capsized married couple. Their vessel

Cyclone Yasi has first life and another person

is still missing in Queensland. The tragic news becomes as residents beginning the clean-up of hundreds of

homes and businesses battered by the storm. remain without power and safe drinking water. As

reports, help and some

essential supplies are starting to trickle through. Like far North Queensland communities, Tully Townsville, didn't stand halfway between Cairns and

chance. Devastated. Yes, for all the hard work people have done, and you come for all the hard work that

down here and everything has gone. On Wednesday Cyclone Yasi, coupled with a

storm surge, unleashed its fury, pounding hundreds homes. Pretty knocked yeah. Shell shocked, I homes. Pretty knocked up,

is a good word for it. ruined homes, it was delivered Queensland Premier who

feared. We can first cyclone related feared. We can first cyclone related death. A

shelter. He was using a Unfortunately there wasn't generator in a closed room.

sufficient ventilation. He was found by a Unfortunately

sufficient ventilation. He Unfortunately there wasn't

found by a relative. To see found by a relative. To

this is such a young person die like

this is a real tragedy. At

Cardwell, there were fears one

man was swept away by the storm

mangroves today where surge, but he emerged from

been sheltering from the mangroves today where he had

cyclone. Many communities are

without power, which means

their water treatment plants are not able to work. The Premier pleaded with the

residents to be patient, saying it took four it took four weeks for electricity to be fully

restored after Cyclone Larry. Large teams of people Large teams of people are moving into the area today and over the weekend to provide

additional support. We are putting two Water vessels off Cardwell, one is

like a mobile police station.

Police are out in force. Six people have been arrested looting in Townsville. Help is people have been arrested for

on its way on its way from outside the

state. SES volunteers flew

north from Canberra. Their tasking will be varied,

particularly about assisting

residents and recovering valuables from their properties, particularly

residents who have lost their homes. The Federal Government

is poised to hand out czar at

the relief payments. As and Townsville, she announced

payments of $1,000 for every

adult affected by the cyclone

and $400 per child. Cyclone Yasi has sparked fresh debate about the Federal about the Federal Government's proposed flood levy. Julia

Gillard says she won't be using

it to rebuild cyclone affected

areas. No, we won't. We will need to find additional resources in the Federal

Government Budget. Exactly what Tony Abbott has been saying all along. The Prime

Minister knows that there are savings there in the This is a catastrophic event

and it requires all of us to

rise to the occasion, and that means politicians putting

politics aside. While the exact cost of the be known for some time, be known for some time, the

Federal Government spent half a

billion dollars after Cyclone

Larry. To other major news, in

Egypt opponents of President

Mubarak called it the day of

his departure. For his supporters, it was a day allegiance. Tens of thousands of anti-government of anti-government protesters

gathered in Cairo for a huge rally, calling on the president

to stand down. President Mubarak says he's fed up with

being president but must stay

on to prevent the country

collapsing into chaos. A

quieter night in Cairo, perhaps

the lull before a storm of today's protests. Time for political manoeuvring, Mubarak, in a discussion with ABC News, said he was fed up and wanted to go but said and wanted to go but said he feared

cause chaos. Others might say the chaos is already here and

to end it. In this to end it. In this limited

time we can time we can do what President Mubarak has said, and we Mubarak has said, and we cannot do more. When the new do more. When the new president will come, you will have more time to make any changes you

want. The White House has

admitted that it is having talks with senior officials

about the possible resignation of President Mubarak and with a caretaker government, which But it may be mind But it may be mind games. President Mubarak is clearly

not willing to go and closest aides do not seem

willing to push him and it probably would not satisfy the

opposition either. So big

protests will resume after Friday prayers. With no

and a neutral army, and a neutral army, the government's only response may

be to encourage its supporters to protest or, as the opposition thugs to intimidate them. We

will go live to Cairo to will go live to Cairo to get the latest on the It's late at night apour Middle joins us. In your view, what was the

was the scale of the was the scale of the protests

throughout the day? Jane,

it's so difficult to judge, but

I know that this has, in my

opinion, been the largest one yet. Early this morning lines of people trying to get

into the square. The lines very long and the number people inside the square was huge. The were long was because this was a far

rally or protest than we have

seen in previous days. Not that they haven't been. Each time there's been a square, you've seen the army standing on the sidelines and civilian volunteers civilian volunteers checking ID cards

Through or four lines of body searches, and each time searches, and each time someone searches you, they apologise. Today it was Today it was tighter, down to a single file for men and single file for women going on.

As the day wore on, it clear this was protest, but for the moment it

hasn't been enough. hasn't been enough. This

stand-off in Egypt still

continues. As we are talking, we are from Cairo coming frommal Al-Jazeera and we see there Al-Jazeera and we see there are many people in the centre of the because, as you say, the president has not

That's the question. This is a stalemate, this is stalemate, this is a stand-off, as as we have just heard, the president said he would president said he would like to quit but he doesn't feel he can

because it would cause chaos, or that the Muslim Brotherhood

would take over. The pressure

is growing from the US and

Europe, publicly, and you can

are very strong messages to

Egypt that they really need get this sorted out. get this sorted out. Over the past couple of days and again today we have seen the new Egyptian government, the current Egyptian government, making all of these noises, saying, "We are trying, we are on track to get the democratic reforms in place on have our elections." have our elections." The first element is that the people simply do not believe that the government will do this. They

say, these are the same faces we have don't trust them to actually

make this happen. If the president does president does quit, the

question then becomes, who does

the power fall to? Is it vice-president Omar Suleiman who, in a way, Hosni Mubarak may well

be right. Will accept anything other the the complete removal of the complete removal of this regime? Some sayinging, "Look, we accept

that Hosni Mubarak has said will leave at the next

election. What we want is

stability." Because this

country is at an Stewart

standstill. It has been going

for 11 days and the protesters say it will go for 12, 13, 14, whatever, until Hosni Mubarak

quits. But the shops are not open, the banks are out of money, you can't to eat. The hotels are starting

to run out of food. You cannot

book into a hotel in the centre

of Cairo at the moment simply

because they don't have enough food to cater for more guests.

If you talk to people the Cairo area, they are

getting very frustrated with

what's going on. Is it too strong to say that there anarchy on the streets in

Egypt? I think it is now, Egypt? I think it is now, and

I think it wasn't the case a

couple of nights ago. Indeed, for several nights over for several nights over the

past week there was anarchy and

lawlessness. There are still no

police in the centre of Cairo

and we have heard tonight there have been some

taking place between pro and

anti-Mubarak protesters. But

nothing of note. This was a remarkably peaceful protest,

remarkable because it has taken

place in the centre of one of

the world's major cities where

there are no police. When we

were there today, it was not the army that was keeping

control, tras civilians. The

army had the tanks and army had the tanks and the barbed wire and was standing on the

helmets and had their rifles in their hand, but they

their hand, but they weren't

doing anything. It was the

organisers of the protest -, whoever they are - who had

civilians checking the IDs and civilians checking the IDs and frisking to make sure no one

was carrying a weapon inside.

Despite the lack of police -

and the government has decided

it's not the right time to send

the police back into the centre

of Cairo, which is a policy

that boggles the mind - but that boggles the mind - but there is not the streets. We saw today the

military firing into the air on

occasion to keep the two sides apartment this was a large protest and there were rumblings on the sidelines rumblings on the sidelines with some pro-Mubarak protesters

approaching the square and the

army keeping them staying up and taking our staying up and questions. Thank you. Let's

look at the United States reaction to the crisis

us live from Washington. As we

have just heard from Ben Knight, it was a largely

peaceful protest, what has

Washington said on the situation in the Middle

Jane, we heard from the White

House spokesman House spokesman Robert Gibbs

not so long ago, that was the first reaction to the comments yesterday from President Mubarak when he spoke to the ABC's Christiane anything, it's a hardening of the language being used. It has

certainly moved a long since the crisis began, when Hillary Clinton was describing President

It has certainly moved a transition, but saying that

they have seen no signs yet that any steps are being taken towards concrete towards concrete change. They

are also very concerned continued violence and attacks,

not just on the protesters on media. Robert Gibbs said embassy officials are receiving disturbing comments and stories about what is going on on the

ground. If anything - and ground. If anything - and this

was over a press conference

mostly all about Egypt and what was happening, it was a

made, a call for restraint and

a call for concrete change, for

be taken to take Egypt into

that direction. At the moment,

the White House, as far as it is concerned, is concerned, is seeing neither. You have appear in a news appear in a news conference shortly with the Canadian Prime Minister.

Minister. Is he likely to say

anything different at this because this will be questions, which is interesting, on this subject. in DC. He spoke on Tuesday

night when he delivered night when he delivered the statement calling for President Mubarak to begin

transition and begin it now, so one short statement yesterday at a national prayer at a national prayer breakfast,

and the White House, under pressure over why the president wasn't taking reporters

questions on this, said to them, "Look, you'll get the chance on Robert Gibbs, I expect

publicly we will get get publicly we will get get the same the line and pressure President Mubarak to take

action. Behind knows how much is being put is being put on? There are certainly reports coming from fairly reputable fairly reputable sources that there are negotiations going on

to get President Mubarak out now, and that is apparently what the White House is what the White House is saying in in conversations privately, that Mubarak must go now, and

they are looking

make that happen, no make that happen, no matter

that the Egyptian president is

digging in his heels that chaos would reign if left. The White House has responded already and said

there will be continuing

instability if he doesn't make

steps towards concrete in his country. So they don't buy the line from him that he

gave in the interview gave in the interview with

Christiane Amanpor from American ABC News, that chaos would descend on the country if he stepped aside, no he stepped aside, no matter how

much he wanted to go. brighter news, it looks like the job numbers have improved in the in the US? It's a strange situation, the situation, the economists are scratching their head this. The unemployment rate dropped from 9.4% this. The unemployment rate dropped from 9.4% to 9%, and

that's the lowest since last April, so a significant drop,

and good news when you look and good news when you look at

it that way. In fact, only

36,000 new jobs were created.

The markets had been around 148,000 new jobs to have

been created in the last month.

Instead, only 36,000. They are

putting it down to some of the

bad winter weather, the snow.

They are also worried about how

many people have given up and

left the market looking for

jobs and therefore are no longer counted as unemployed.

So mixed figures, but certainly better news than we have seen previously with the

unemployment rate. Lisa, thank

you so much for your time.

Today's top stories: Emergency crews in Victoria have rescued 84 people from floodwaters, as heavy rain continues to fall on the state. South-east Melbourne

and Mildura are among the worst

affected areas. Residents from east Gippsland in east Gippsland in the north-west have been warned of damaging

damaging winds, flash flooding and hail storms. Police are

trying to find a couple at

Cardwell, after reports their boat capsized at port

Yasi. Meanwhile, many Queensland communities remain without power and drinking

water. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have gathered in

Cairo to stage a day of departure for President Hosni

Mubarak. The Egyptian president says he's more than happy to stand down but fears it would

plunge the country into chaos.

Today: Fine in Sydney, showers for Brisbane and Adelaide,

showers for Canberra, with

strong winds, rain easing in Melbourne, late rain for

Hobart, windy in Perth storms, afternoon storms in

Darwin. In business, European Union leaders gathered in Brussels debt crisis facing the continent. Germany asked European neighbours to back unified cross border

policies in a bid to start governing the eurozone economy

as one. Belgium key event dedicated to any summit. Originally to be a low economy, the crisis in Egypt number of people unemployed in the US has fallen

to its lowest level for almost two years. Figures for January

put the number of people out of work at 9% of the

Analysts had predicted much

strong er job creation.

To sport, with Amanda Shalala. development in cricket, spot fixing Sandal? Yes, the fixing Sandal? Yes, the plot thickens. The three Pakistani cricketers at the centre of

spot fixing allegations spot fixing allegations are facing criminal charges facing criminal charges of corruption and cheating in Britain. Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have

been charged to deliberately bowl no

during the fourth Test against England at Lords last year. The

three players and three players and their manager

have been told prosecutors will

seek their extradition if seek their extradition if they do not voluntarily return do not voluntarily return to Britain for a hearing next month. month. The ICC will decide the

trio's playing future tonight, but criminal proceedings are

under way. We have today decided Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and

Mohammad Asif, together with their agent Mazhar their agent Mazhar Majeed,

should all be charged conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments. corrupt payments. Additionally, conspiracy to cheat. Brisbane

Roar has taken out the A-League soccer the Melbourne Heart and Central Coast Mariners

draw last night. The Mariners needed a win to needed a win to maintain their slim chance of overhauling table. Torrential rain delayed the start of the the start of the match for an

hour and fans had to wait another hour for the first

goal, when Matt Thompson's free kickant untouched to deceive

the goalkeeper. The Hart's

score was short-lived. The

Heart's top 6 chances are virtually over. It's

disappointing, to cop a goal a

minute after you score Fernando Torres has officially begun his new footballing life

as a Chelsea player, after

being unveiled by the English Premier League club. Chelsea broke the transfer record fee

for a British club when they

paid ?5 million to lure the

Spaniard from liver pool. After

the backlash for from Anfield, Torres is likely

to face an immediate reunion

with his former club when the two sides play this weekend.

Torres said one of the reasons

he left Liverpool was to win

trophies. I want to win trophies. I want to win the Champions League, like

everyone, and the ambition is to keep winning trophies every

year, so I have the same

motivation as that. The

build-up to the super-15 Rugby competition has continued with

two trial games last night. The

Waratahs had a big win over the Fiji wore yorz in Sydney, while

the Reds beat the Brumbies in

Darwin. The the Reds controlled

the game from the outset, scoring six scoring six tries in the hot slippery conditions. The winning margin should have been bigger. The Queensland coach says the dominant performance

sends a strong message to other

teams ahead of the teams ahead of the super-15

season. To win a competition,

you need to have a good squad,

good depths, and I feel more comfortable this year did last year. The super-15

will kick off next Friday.

Anna Meares has reclaimed her sprint title at track cycling championships in Sydney. Time to check day's weather. Clouds spiralling over the Territory around ex-Tropical Cyclone Yasi

is causing heavy rain and Around the states, in Queensland there will be rain

and and thunderstorms about the

north-west and western parts of

the state, with moderate heavy falls, scattered showers

and thunderstorms in the east, mostly fine across New South Wales

with fire bans in some Isolated showers and storms

across the interior across the interior and the west. Heavy rain in the south and dry thunderstorms for Victoria, contract, to the north and contract, to the north and east later in the day. Fog and

isolated showers in north-east

Tasmania will clear early. and storms across the interior and

and north, drier along scattered showers and storms in

the north and west, isolated showers with gusty winds in showers with gusty winds in the south-west. In the Northern Territory, heavy showers and

Around the country tomorrow,

rain across most of the eastern capitals, cloudy and 24, windy in Perth

back with another bulletin in back with another bulletin in about half an hour. Before that, it's time that, it's time for Contact Sport. Closed Captions by This Program is Captioned Live. # Theme music Hello and welcome to Contact Sport, I'm Paul Kennedy. Today we'll check in with the Melbourne Rebels ahead of the Super Rugby season. We'll replay an extract of a rare interview with St Kilda legend the late Darrel 'Doc' Baldock who died this week. And we'll hit the water with some surfboat rowers before the national championships. Ah, the basics of surf rowing is it's a race off a beach, 400 metres out to a turning can, and a race back to the beach. More on that story later. But firstly, to the new Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team, which has its first big test this weekend with a trial match against The Crusaders. We've heard a lot from captain Stirling Mortlock but not so much from the other players. and caught up with a few of them including Welshman and newly appointed vice-captain Gareth Delve, former NRL premiership player Jarrod Saffy and young star Nick Phipps, the only Rebel who toured Europe with the Wallabies last year. But the first player you'll see in this story is flash Englishman, Danny Cipriani who fled from the British tabloids to play in the Super Rugby competition and it's good to finally hear from him. Hi, I'm Danny Cipriani. I'm 185cm, 94kg, and I play fly half. I was born in Roehampton in 1987 November 2, and my last club was London Wasps. At 15 I was spotted by London Wasps and I stayed with them from 15 till I was 22 and then had the opportunity to join the Melbourne Rebels which I jumped at and obviously looking forward to the rest of the season. Born on March 20 1980 in Sydney and a former NSW Waratah. Hi, my name's Julian Huxley. My biggest achievment in rugby was making it back on the field Hi, I'm Hugh Pyle. I'm JP du Plessis. My name's Gareth Delve, I play number 8. I'm 191cm and 115 kilograms. 75% Welsh and 25% Chinese - my mother is half Chinese and her father was from Hong Kong. he was a body builder in the 1980s, he won the Mr Wales competition the year I was born. Gareth, congratulations on your vice-captaincy, it must have been a great summer for you personally. Yeah, definitely, it's huge honour to have come over to the Rebels and been great to just be a part of things so far, to have the responsibility and honour of being part of building the culture and backing up Stirling and getting out on the field as vice-captain, it's been a huge bonus. It's also an honour for you to be the first northern hemisphere player to come and play Super Rugby and be a representative of Wales as well, down here. Was there any major decision to be made there or you were rapt to come to the Rebels? It was a huge, sort of rapt to come, to be invited down to a competition I've always admired. But it was definitely a difficult decision obviously, friends back up north. There were a few great opportunities in the northern hemisphere as well, so a massive decision but one I'm really happy I've made and I'm just looking forward to those first few games and to be really able to call myself a Super Rugby player. It's a World Cup year, obviously, and Wales is just starting its Six Nations campaign now - and getting ready for the World Cup? Yeah, I'll always miss not putting on that Welsh jersey. Obviously, from my point of view, I'd loved to have put it on a few more times. But it's a huge honour, the ambition still burns brightly to get a few more chances in that as I did through the autumn internationals and obviously a huge game

against England on Friday night whether I'll be staying up as late to watch it or not but my support will be with the guys back home. Tell me about your family 'cause your brothers have represented their country and their family in different fields. Yes, they have. Both my brothers have served in the forces, They're both older than me as well, so had a huge bearing on me growing up and sort of keeping my feet on the ground so, what they've achieved in their own fields, and just really happy that they're safe and well. And do you think their experiences might have inspired you to not only pursue a professional rugby career but also be a leader like we've seen at the Rebels already? Definitely. I think their input in me growing up, both as a person, and hopefully that's come across as how I play, and I've got a huge respect for my teammates and a huge sense of loyalty to them so I think that's something that was bred into me from an early age. They also gave me the odd slapping about which probably toughened me up for this game. Terrific. And it sounds like the respect goes both ways with the teammates so good luck with the season. Thanks very much. Thanks, Paul. Hi, I'm Adam Byrnes. I'm 201cm tall and 118 kilos. I'm Jarrod Saffy. 191cm, 105kg. I play blindside flanker or number 8. is probably the highlight of my career. Jarrod, it seems like a long time ago that you were in the NRL, playing in front of thousands and thousands of people, here you are training, quite a quiet atmosphere - how's the whole summer been for you? It's been really good. We're at a great club here, and fortunately we've got a good bunch of guys. We've been training hard and it seems as though it really was a long time ago, October's a distant memory, we've put in plenty of hard work since then, so, looking forward to our game this week against The Crusaders and the comp starting against Waratahs. Was that a really tough decision for you to change, head south, and go for a rugby career? I always wanted to come back to rugby, I grew up playing rugby, it was just a matter of when. It was pretty tough leaving the Dragons, pretty great club, but a good way to finish and I'm excited to be back. How have you found the trial matches and the dynamic within the team? It's been good. Obviously, it's been a little bit difficult just coming together, we're all pretty new, pretty rusty, learning how to play with each other, so it really has been beneficial for us, playing those extra two trials. It really opens disjointed games, so kinda good and learn how everyone plays. So, it's been good and we're looking to step up this week. And how would you describe Rod's approach to this year? Yeah, he is. We've just been working on ourselves - attack's obviously an important part of our game, playing the game a bit differently. But more so defence, you know, I think that's what will get us far in the competition. You think you'll surprise clubs? I hope so, yeah. (Laughs) Good luck with it. Thanks, mate, cheers. Hi, my name is Michael Lipman. I was born in Sydney on January 9 1989. Biggest accomplishment in rugby so far would definitely be being selected for this tour, getting the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games would be definitely up there as well. There's lots of older guys in this team and a few younger guys. I think it's fine, the older blokes have a young heart still, they're still having as much fun as we are, I guess and they've been there a lot longer And adjusting to Melbourne life, how's that been for you? but I've got two pretty good housemates that know the ropes so we've been pretty good. What do you think you have to do with your game to be a full-time Wallaby? Just be a bit more consistent, I think. I guess they'll probably judge the players by the teams, so, firstly doing my best for the Rebels and we're working really hard towards that. But I think it should be alright, What do you see the Rebels achieving this year? Oh, mate, no-one really knows at the moment, new franchise, but we've been working really hard and the boys have definitely been working hard for 3-4 months now, so we'll just do our best, I guess, take it week to week. Outside of football, I like to get on the DJ decks, I've been doing it for a year. The ultimate achievement for me is to play for the Wallabies. Being a Kiwi, I guess it's not what they've been looking for but the green and gold will do me. My greatest strength on the field is my willingness to try anything Danny Cipriani there, and a quick tip, be the crowd favourite in Melbourne as the Rebels take on the rest of the super competition. Our thanks to the Rebels for for their special footage and the player profiles. Now we told you last week American fitness guru Jack Lalanne had died. He was America's first gym owner in the 1930s and a TV fitness guru for decades, way before it became popular. now they call me an authority.' And he died at the age of 96.

on YouTube. Hey, here's a typical example of the average American. All pooped out, all tired. (Dog barks) Oh yeah, you know, I have received a letter from someone - I forget who it was now - but you know I held the world record in push-ups?

I did 1032 push-ups in 23 minutes on the Art Baker Show sometime back. And someone wanted to know if I could do a push-up on my finger-tips with my arms and body straight. Now, I'm going to show you - don't try this - but I just wanted to show you how to do it, you know. You asked me to do something and this is your program so I try to comply with your requests. Lying down flat like this put the weight on the finger-tips, and on my toes and my body rigid. One hand. OK. Ah, Jack Lalanne there and I can't do that. But we'll show you another clip a little later on in the program, of something that we can all do. The Australian Surf Rowers Championships are being held this week at Wollongong. There are 350 crews competing from 100 surf lifesaving clubs across Australia. The ABC's Amanda Shalala to discover the inspiration behind their strokes. For a sunburnt country, Australians are extremely passionate about their water sports at the likes of swimming, rowing and surfing, there's a bit of a lesser-known sport that's starting to rise amongst its more established siblings and make a real splash. but this sport is definitely the real deal. Paul, firstly, can you just explain the basics of surf rowing to me? The basics of surf rowing is a race off a beach, 400 metres out to a turning can, and a race back to the beach, There's usually six boats in a race, sometimes four boats, just depending on the day. But mainly six boats. And about six days a week training to get prepared for it. The make-up of the crew is there's four guys or girls. They are a bowman, a second bowman, a second stroke and a stroke and a sweep who takes them out. Your position, it's a little bit different to the other guys - standing up. Can you take me through what you do? Really I steer the boat through the surf and tell them what to do, You have to - also a lot of sweeps are the coaches as well. So you - it's a little bit hard in a race but in training you'll work on their style, work on their fitness, set the programs, and, yeah, be their mothers sometimes! You said there's training six days a week. Is this a full-time thing for these guys or just a bit of fun. No, they work - everyone holds down a job and family and it's pretty hard on your families at home, getting away, but, you know, sometimes they'll do two sessions a day. Some of the A crews I've heard are doing ten sessions a week so it's pretty strenuous, pretty hard on your lives as you've got to fit work in and nobody gets paid for it. That's the thing. So then why do it, what's the motivation? You get out there and it takes a lot to win a race but once you're in that race, that first race, whether it's a heat or a final, you're sort of stuck. Johnny, can you tell me a little bit about your story and where you've come from? I'm from Ireland. I'm from Galway in the west coast of Ireland. I've been in Australia for about five years plus a year as a backpacker so I suppose six years all up. I got into surf boat rowing through a friend of mine that I worked with. I was involved in flat-water rowing for a while and it wasn't to my taste. I did flat-water rowing for about 15 years back home with NUIG and St Joseph's College Rowing Club and got into surf-boat rowing over here with a mate of mine that I work with. So, yeah. What was the attraction to surf-boat rowing? It's the excitement, the adrenalin. There's nothing like it.

You've been down here You've seen how beautiful it can be on a beautiful morning when it's quite hot and a beautiful sunrise, out doing a good sport. It's exciting, it's really exciting, particularly the racing. where you don't think of them probably getting involved in sports like this. How do you find getting into something that's very Australian? I think it's something that everyone should try at least once. It's an adrenalin rush, and it's something that I'm proud to be a part of. to train six, seven days a week while you have a full-time job. that motivates you to get out there every morning and to train that hard? I've been doing it so long that I don't know any different. What else am I gonna be doing at 5am in the morning? Sleeping? at 5am in the morning. I can't imagine not doing it. It's just addictive and that fact that you - once you're in a rowing team with a group of guys you have them as friends for life. And being a coach and having a lot of crews, and really get to know a lot of people and it's just fun, you know, just good, clean fun. Well, it's pretty clear that for the Coogee crew and many others around Australia passion and the thrill of the chase are pre-requisites for surf-boat racing. and while the sun has come up now we all know that it's out on the water in the boats Amanda Shalala there and that story was produced by Andrew George. Beautiful pictures there on the water. To our sports writing recommendation of the week and it is about American football. The Green Bay Packers are back at the Super Bowl after a long break, this time against the powerful Pittsburgh Steelers To find out what made the Green Bay club so great you have to read about the super coach Vince Lombardi, if you haven't already. This book, by David Maraniss, is the best Lombardi biography I've read. and their prize will be, of course, the Lombardi Trophy. St Kilda Football Club 1966 premiership captain, Darrel 'Doc' Baldock, died this week. He's had a tough few years fighting illness He lived in his beloved home state of Tasmania for many years, after a short stint as St Kilda coach at the end of the 1980s. Doc didn't give many interviews, Would his team - which beat Collingwood by a point in 1966 - pass the baton onto a new batch of premiership champions? There were many tributes for Doc Baldock this week. Ours is to replay some of this interview with the ABC's Mary Geeran. What do you remember most about the '66 Grand Final? Crikey, that's a long time ago. I suppose the first thing that comes into your mind after the event we were looking at - it looked like being a draw. Which no-one wanted a draw at that stage. And Barry Green of course, kicked the point that put us in front. And that was enough. It resolved a good fight to make sure he stayed there