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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Hello and welcome to State Focus. Mother's Day to all our mums who I'm Peta Burton, and a very Happy with breakfast will hopefully be watching the show,

made by someone else this morning! going to catch up with four Canberra OK, coming up on the show we're young lives. locals making the most of their hot property on the basketball scene, There's Patrick Mills, who's real both here and in the US right now. heavyweights, D'Opus & Ro-sham-bo, And, we'll meet two hip-hop ready to "Switch" on their new sound. Amy Banson has done a lot of walking, But first up, Canberra Uni student

country over the past couple of thousands of kilometres across the about Acquired Brain Injury. years to raise money and awareness as Canberra's "Young Citizen of the And just recently she was recognised Year" and is with us this morning. Good morning to you gorgeous. Good morning Peta. pretty special day for you? Congratulations, I imagine it was a was great, it WA a special day, it Thank you, yeah winning the award

was something that I didn't expect. this when you're, I guess, set out You don't expect to win things like but it was good, and looking back, to just do community initiatives, yeah I am proud, it was a great day. It is terrific news. before the night Clare Rose was Now look let's just go back to run. critically injured in that hit and Where was your life headed? youth worker, working at the same I was a youth worker, I still am a

at Uni, so you know - it was headed, youth refuge, and at Uni, still am headed now, you know, I'm still you know, the same way it is still people, and studying, doing my focused on working with young the walk itself was already theology/social work degree, the - arranged before this happened. awareness raiser, I was basically It was not a fundraiser or an for the sake of it in my Uni break, just gonna do a great big walk just

accident obviously changed things which, you know, the night of the awareness and fund raiser for and made me turn it into and know, as I said my life was still acquired brain injury, but, you people direction heading in the youth work, young which it still is now, yeah. that happened on the way, some You just mentioned some stories walk, so were you prepared, or how quirky things happened during the the roos, for the steak knifes for prepared were you for the rain, for

legs? the flies and and men with wooden (LAUGHS) Peta yeah, um Brisbane to Canberra Yeah, funny, some very good stories were a lot of funny things that was, was, it was great, and there certain amount that you can prepare came out of it, and there's only a you've just got to take everything, for things like that, um, and speak, as you walk along. you know, in your stride, so to walk was learning how to yodel, I I guess funny things on the first

Golden Guitar Award... met Rex Dallas, whose, you know, Can we put you on the spot? No I'm not gonna go no... OK (LAUGHS)... been practising like you Peta, um I'm not that great yet, um, haven't pulling a baby joey out of mum's but, - and the kangaroo yeah, truck and, you know, just bonding pouch after she'd been hit by a couple of hours, things like that with this little kangaroo for a look back and you say wow, you know, that catch you off guard, but you big story a lot of little stories make up a

and it was a lot of fun, yeah bi Speak, tell us about this program, Let's talk now about Strength to country and... it's in 425 schools across the That's right yeah... and now you're seeing results. initiative for 2007, it was a Yeah OK, Strength to Speak was my and what I wanted to do was really depression and anxiety initiative as you said it went into 425 put this program into schools, and schools across Australia.

started the day I left Perth, and the program ran for 112 days, so it Canberra. it finished the day I came back to Perth to Canberra and the walk was So it took me a 112 days to walk to promote this program. different chapters, and each So the program was made up of 8 ways of reducing the risk of chapter was a different theme on for young people, so it was focus depression in anxiety in your lives, what I wanted to do was focus on on 14-19 year old age group and

the message across to young people these 8 different themes and get something that can be prevented. that depression and anxiety is of sleeping well, getting enough So it's things like: the importance the importance of getting enough sleep at night and sleeping well, do when having a bad day, exercise, of eating well, what to incorporating a bullying theme... were saying you look at what to say That's one of the things yeah, you do you actually say? to someone when someone is - so what

and explaining what to say to Um, well talking to young people they're going through a depressive someone when you think possibly they have anxiety or things like episode or they're a little bit - thing to say, you know, I guess the that, is hard, and there's not one that I was trying to promote or to importance, the important thing you know, talking always helps. get across to young people was that, if you feel as though you can't You know, talking is key here and

someone else to talk to, there's a talk to your friend or they need speak to them, you know, there's a lot of other people waiting to that have people on hand ready to lot of mental health organisations know, there's a lot of websites answer calls, or emails, or, you can find information for. with plenty of resources that you said what I was really trying to So, but, alongside all that as I prevented, you know, if you look get at was that these things can be

body, you stay fit and healthy, you after yourself, you look after your food, you know, you have a good get enough sleep, you eat the right stay positive, and depression and mind set and you know, you know you anxiety can be prevented. people and I have for, since I was And the thing is I work with young not a very long time - but, what about 20, and - it's only 4 years, the number 1 barrier stopping I've found is that depression is

full potential and reaching their people from really reaching their of energy and they have great dreams, and young people are full got alot of skills and abilities to things to aspire to, and they've something like depression and reach their dreams, and if that, when there's so much anxiety is stopping them form doing people, then that's a problem you information available to young of communicating to young people know, so really, the walk was a way

and getting them to see that needed @ there's a lot of help av there's a lot of help available if over the past couple of years about Listen, what have you discovered survive on Tuna and eggs for an yourself, I know that you can extended period of time... You do read a lot, yeah, I can. me, the real challenge in doing the Um, and I guess, the difficulty for Perth to Canberra walk, which is part of the reason I set out to do it was - Perth to Canberra came about because I wanted the

Nullaboor to be significant of the loneliness that young people can feel when they're depressed. So basically Thursday Nullaboor took 6 weeks for me and the support team to cross, and unfortunately we had no phone reception at all, so we had a couple of different phones and a satellite phones, nothing worked, and it was difficult because it was extremely lonely and

it's not something that, you know, humans are used to doing or should have to do, you know, you're always in conversation with people, you're in a relationship or, you know, just in some shape or form, talking and communicating. When you don't have any of that and you're basically by yourself, and you have to walk nearly 40 kilometres a day for a long period of time, you don't know whether anyone knows that you're doing it, or that anyone's remembered that you're out in the middle of nowhere

walking, it gets really difficult, and so I guess what I learnt was - or what I, what happened to me in that time was that I learnt to be very comfortable with myself, which may sound strange, but you have to be happy with yourself and comfortable with yourself and be able to just be alone for a long period of time and not go crazy, like you know, I did go a little bit crazy at times I think, but you

know surviving something like that is quite difficult, a huge challenge, but good to do. You're an inspiration, I believe you are off to Darwin next though? Ah, it was a thought that crossed my mind, yeah, look - young people and mental health is - I'm really passionate about, and anything that can be done, I will, you know, back and I'll support. In terms of another walk, I love exercise and I love getting out

there and I love Australia. I'm not saying it's not on the cards... (LAUGHS)... I know you've been through a few sneakers... Yeah I have... We'll have to leave it there... Thanks, OK... Thank you so much for joining us this morning, you, as I said, a true inspiration, thanks Amy. Thanks Peta. Your welcome. And, coming up next on State Focus, he lights up the courts in California, but right now he's back home in Canberra

for Beijing selection. Teenage basketball star Patrick Mills joins us after the break.

Welcome back to State Focus. There hasn't been too many moments in Patrick Mills' life when he wasn't chasing a basketball somewhere. Whether it was as a ball-boy for the former NBL Canberra Cannons or his current status, as one of the hottest players in America's highly competitive college basketball scene. Patrick Mills also has his eye on a place in the Boomers for Beijing, and he's back home for a quick visit.

Good Patrick to you Patrick, you're looking well. Good morning, thank you, so are you. Happy Mothers Day to you and your mum, now did you make breakfast for her this morning? I did indeed, being a good only child and got up early to make breakfast for her, so I hope she really enjoyed that. Oh aren't you wonderful. Now let's set the scene for us, take us back to the Saint Mary's versus Oregon Ducks game, the game that put you on national TV in the US.

Yeah well it was our first ESBN game, actually our first television game over there, my 4th collegiate game, and um, you know, as everyone is before a TV game, the nerves get into you, and plus me personally I took it as a really good challenge for me, and somewhere where I could try and, you know, stand my mark, so um, it was - we come up against

a very tough Oregon side which were ranked number 10 in the country at the time, they had a very good point guard in Tajuan Porter, who was a standout freshman, a year ago, and now he's a sophomore, so it was a very good challenge for m, so.. There's only been 5 others in Saint Mary's 100 year history that have scored 37 points or more, so that's a pretty mean feat, congratulations.

Thank you, thank you. Are you overwhelmed with the amount of passion at these college games, I when they all sort of go a bit wild at the end of a game. Exactly, but also I think, you know, it's great for the sport and obviously great for Saint Mary's. at home we had sold out games, you know, so walking down the street and you have Saint Mary's signs,

and Saint Mary's stickers on most cars around the Moraga area, so you know, it's great for the amount of support that we've actually been getting and, then again, the support that we've been getting back home here in Australia has been outstanding. What was it like seeing an Aussie flag flying, you know in the background there. It's become quite aussified, the college scene there?

It has, it has. There's 4 of us Aussie boys there and 1 girl on the basketball team, so, you know having the Aussie flags and Australian music being played and Aussie champs, it really gives a good homely feeling to it, and I guess you know, that does help us in a way. So, I haven't detected a bit of an accent yet though? Definitely not, I'll never get an American accent, I've promised numerous people that, you know I'm Australian,

so I'm not gonna change at all, so... expected of you now, one US sports journalist said that you've got to be the show as well as be on show, do you feel that at all? Um, you know, in a way, but you try not to think about that, you know, you just try and go out and try and perform your best I guess, so, there's gonna be the pressure, but that's part of being a professional

you know, you're gonna have to handle with all that adversity, so that's something that's gonna be I'm gonna have to learn to handle. So how tough is it playing, with 30 plus NBA agents watching your every move, and are you secretly hoping for the call? You don't really know that they're in the crowd, amongst, you know 10

or 20 thousand people there, but the NBA is a dream and a goal of mine, you know obviously since I was a little kid trying to make to the highest point of the game, so, hopefully if I can continue to work hard and give myself the best possible chance to be in that position hen, you know we'll see what happens, but until then I

guess it's just a matter of working hard @ guess it's just a matter o What's the plan though, you going to continue the education, are you gonna declare yourself open for the NBA draft? Well I haven't really thought about that at all yet, it's more of, focusing on making it to the Olympic team first and foremost, well, you know when the time comes I'm sure we'll handle it then. You just mentioned the Olympics, let's talk about that.

How crucial are the next 7 weeks for you? You could be, come July 2, you could be one of 12 men representing team Australia in Beijing. mine, coming up playing basketball, I've always wanted to play, represent Australia at an Olympic Games, so it's kind of surreal - it was surreal, you know a year ago that I was actually attending my first Boomers camp...

The youngest ever? Yes that's right, and you know, making it into the team the first time for the qualifying series against New Zealand, and now that you know, under 100 days to go, 7 weeks as you said, it's kinda, all coming together and a little bit nerve racking, you know... You don't look like a guy that gets nervous though, you look very calm. Trust me, there's plenty of nerves that goes on...

(LAUGHS) You hide it very well... Inside... but like I said, nerves, nervousness is something that you player @ have to handle to be a p Now, size does matter, to some extent in Basketball. about the whole height factor, when you've got the speed, and can you have an extended career among the maintain the speed factor?

Um, you took an inch of me the, which is - I like to say I'm 6 foot, but.. (LAUGHS)... Sorry, we're sitting down! Sitting down, yeah, exactly, um, but you know there's advantages of advantages of being small and I really enjoy the height that I am now, you know, I wouldn't want to be any taller, I accept how tall I am now, and like I said there's

things that I can do that the big giants can't do, and one of them would be getting up and down the court as quick as I can and fitting in and out of small gaps, so you know, there's a balance there, so, I guess you've just gotta make the most of what you do have. Now listen last, but not least, do you miss home at all, do you miss

mum and dad, do you miss home cooking, do you miss Canberra? Yes, definitely, the cooking mostly I think, cooking from my mum, but yeah, being an only child and now living on the other side of the world, there has been that homesickness, but you know, it's handle, and being, you know other boys being over there, they've - some people that I can go to, but, um, you know in the end I think

it's good to come back home and just enjoy the Australian scenery and society. be back and see everyone and get good home cooked meals I guess. And I believe they keep a close eye on how clean your room is by turning the skip camera around, is that true?

You've done your research I see, but yeah that's true, I get on the web cam with mum and dad every now and again just let 'em know, yeah I'm still looking after myself mum, I keep my room tidy and I make my bed, so you know... Aren't you good, you're such a good boy. Listen, we will be cheering for you, whether it is in the US or whether it's in China, as many of us here across Southern New South Wales will be.

Appreciate your time, all the very best. Thank you very much Patrick... Thank you very much for having me... You're very welcome. Time for a break here on State Focus, but up next, we get into the rhythms and the rhymes of two beat-loving Canberra boys, D'Opus and Ro-sham-bo.

Welcome back. You're watching State Focus. Our next two guests are masters of Aussie hip-hop, making words rhyme with rhythm and reason. These guys are going to be big. Please welcome to the show, Ross Garrett, aka, "D'Opus" and Rowan Thomson, aka "Roshambo". Good morning to you boys, how are you? How are you? Thanks for having us.

You're very welcome, now I've gotta start off by asking in traditional hip-hop language, what's really good? Thank you, we're doing really well, so, thanks again. Your very welcome, now: names. I wanna just get this off the chest first, how did you come up with the names? Um, Roshambo was - I used to go by another name which we, you know, we won't talk about, it was very silly and wasn't conducive to making good music at all, but Roshambo came when I was thinking of, trying to

think up a name with my friend Axle Zacklins, whose another guy that we do music with, and he was trying to come up with something that had my name Rowan in it, and people call me Ro, and he was thinking of words and came up with Roshambo, and it also comes from, you know, Rock Paper Scissors... Oh right... And Roshambo from South Park aswell, so.. @ And Roshambo from South Pa Oh OK (LAUGHS) Of course. Does D'Opus have a similar history?

Yeah, D'Opus - I used to call myself Opus which is a musical item, it just means a musical item, then I found out someone else was using the same name, so I put the D in front of it, sort of try'na make it, like Dipus, or De Opus, and that sort stuff... It's very French... The Opus... Yeah yeah that's right... I want one! (LAUGHS) We'll come up with a pseudonym for you. @ We'll come up with a pseud You've gotta come up - that's the plan of action now, you've gotta come up with a name for me. Alright, a cool hip hop name.

I need a cool hip hop name. We haven't even got a cool one yet, so... (LAUGHS)... Now Louis, is it hard to write hip hop, do you ever get stuck for words? Um, well I make the beats and I make the music and I think, I source most my inspiration from old records, like funk samples and jazz and stuff like that, and I think that's a constant, you know, it's an ever expanding resource 'cos there's always stuff that you find everyday no matter where you look, and I use a lot of that for

inspiration, I sort of take parts of it and deconstruct it and build something and write a new melody or a new rhythm or something or something around it... You're nodding here, you can share? Yeah, I mean it's - when we make music it's very much a collaborative effort, like I'll feed off ideas that Ross has got or I might have an idea and say: I'd like to do a song about a particular thought or something that's happened, and I can take that idea to Ross and he can sort of make a mood or music that will

be reflective of that, so... Well you've been planning to collaborate for a number of years now, and finally Ro, you said that Ross had the goods (LAUGHS), were I think the words you used, to make this musical synergy come together. Do you ever have moments, you know those moments I imagine in a good partnership, any good partnership does, are there those moments for you boys? Yeah we just had one (LAUGHS), we just had one last week. I mean we've been working on our new record which is coming out in July for about a year and a half now and I mean we spend a lot of time together writing and recording... So what was the moment? Oh, it was just a build up of everything, 'cos I mean we - we're good friends aswell, we're like best mates aswell as doing music together.. @ we're li 'Cos you have been known to get a little grumpy, and moody? (LAUGHS)... Oh yeah, I'm very moody, I'm very moody.. Oh yeah, I'm very moody, And you're a little too direct in your emails!

(LAUGHS) sometimes, but then he smooths it out, you know, that's what makes a good partnership. But yeah, we're smart and we're down to earth about things and we don't, we don't have any illusions with music, we do it because we want to and we love doing it, so, it's only natural when you're in such close proximity with someone 24-7 that you get a little annoyed with each other, but, look you know, we're still here. Are there bonding moments over shopping for shoes, or sneakers perhaps? (LAUGHS) Which I know you have a collection! No we do most of that online, you know, buy it on ebay... We dont go out shopping together or anything, you know with our man bags.. @ an It would make for a good montage scene though, he could keep coming in and I'd be like (PULLS FACE). Could be a good idea for another video, we could do that... I think it would be. Now talking about your video clip, um wonderful, wonderfully shot here locally in Canberra, but it all helps when you know a few people who...

Yeah we have got Cameron Brown to thanks for that one, did a beautiful job on producing and directing that, and we pulled a lot of other friends in for the clip, you know they're all friends of us in the clip, and yeah, just turned out really well, we're really lucky. Well you look good, the suits really suit you guys, yeah that nice sorta polished, debonair look. Yeah we did the 1920's theme and did it up at Julup Lounge so we've gotta say thanks to those guys and we're about to do another video for a - for the official first single form the album which we're doing

with Volley Films, so that's gonna be good and that's for a tune that we did with another local group called Hancock Basement. Do you find that - does Canberra have a vibe? I mean, is it wack here? No, Canberra's definitely got a vibe. It's a cool place, you know, alot of people like to I guess play it down as a not quite a scene that's happening, but I think it's really what you make of it, you know..

Why is that, and how do we get more supporters out there, more punters out there I should say supporting the arts... Oh I think, people, Canberra gets that - people can be generally lazy here, like you've only got to look at your street presses and the news paper to see that there is a lot of music, and, you know theatre and arts happening for all types of tastes. So, it's just a matter of getting off your bum, so to speak, and motivated to go out and see things, like I don't think you could ever say that there was a lack of culture in Canberra. I think it's just easy to stereotype it in a negative way due to things like the politicians and the public service and things. I really don't believe those stereotypes about Canberra at all. To me it's just one of those places, it's what you make it here, and so... Absolutely, and look do you find that women hip hoppers are as good as the blokes?

Yeah absolutely I do. There's a lot of good female MC's in the country, we've worked with a few... And also overseas aswell. And do you find that, you know this music, this genre I guess, you have women, sort of throwing themselves at you on stage? Not at all... (LAUGHS) Na (LAUGHS)... I don't think, but I mean we don't... Why is that? I dunno, it's, I think there's no need for us to expect that sort of

behaviour from people, we just, I mean and that's definitely not why we make music, we didn't go: Oh, we're gonna make music so we can... Well we did for a while and then they didn't so we gave up... Get the chicks... Yeah (LAUGHS)... Nah, that's just a cliche.. @ Yeah (LAUGHS)... Nah, 'Cos it happens, personally, off stage? OK? Yeah... Now listen we are gonna hear form you in just a moment. You have wonderfully written a bit of a State Focus hip hop ditty for us, we're gonna hear that in just a moment, but I've gotta say boys,

congratulations on album number 2 'The Switch', which is out in... July... through Shoguns, so big thank you to those guys... Wonderful. Well I have heard that it is ill, dope and boss (LAUGHS). There you go (LAUGHS). I told you I've been practising my hip hop lingo. Big things happening for you boys, thanks so much for joining us, and looking forward to hearing this tribute, this hip hop tribute in just a moment. Have you got a name for it?

Um, we'll call it the State Focus Rap Um, we'll call it the State Oh (LAUGHS), I'm off to practice my moves. Thanks boys. Thanks again. Well, that's the show for today. Thanks for your company. Now, it's over to D'Opus and Roshambo with a State Focus Hip-Hop tribute, that definitely won't be on their next CD. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Bye for now. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra.

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