“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change”: Former Knox Grammar teacher and current Kings headmaster Tim Hawkes. Photo: Daniel MunozThe faces of Knox’s dark eraWilkinson ‘appalled’ by ribbon removalBoys ‘cheered’ while girl ‘assaulted”Gobsmacked’ paedophiles still there
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King’s headmaster Tim Hawkes has apologised to his school community and admitted he was stupidly insensitive to say he had “no regrets” about his actions almost 30 years ago at Knox Grammar, where he failed to report the sexual abuse of a young boarder.

“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change,”  Dr Hawkes wrote in a letter to King’s School parents on Tuesday. “There are moments when you cannot believe your stupidity. There are moments when you want to run away.

“I was met with such a moment last week when being pounced on by the media when leaving the Royal Commission looking into the Knox case. How on earth can you disentangle the appalling impression given that, ‘I had no regrets’ in relation to a Knox matter some 27 years ago.

“Regrets! I have thousands.”

Dr Hawkes had given evidence to the royal commission into child abuse that, while he was a housemaster at Knox, he was unaware of the mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse introduced in 1988, soon before a 14-year-old boy was groped by a man who had hid under his bed, wearing a balaclava and an old Knox Grammar tracksuit.

Nor did Dr Hawkes confront two teachers who had been possible suspects, Chris Fotis and Damian Vance, but he believed he had done his duty by reporting the attack to then Knox headmaster Ian Paterson. Nobody reported it to authorities.

In his letter to his school community, Dr Hawkes said: “My heart breaks for the boys whose trust in some Knox staff was betrayed. I, along with much of Australia, have been appalled at the revelations coming out of the Royal Commission. Regrets? None of it should ever have happened.

“I can make no excuses for my comment. I was tired after three hours in the witness box. I was alarmed – even frightened by being ambushed by the media scrum, and greatly angered by the hostility of their questions.

“I should have said absolutely nothing. What I tried to say was that I had no sense of not having done the right thing by reporting the matter to the headmaster at the time. However – it did not come out that way, and people, quite rightly, were appalled at the apparent heartlessness of my comment.

“The media have offered to re-interview me. That is kind, but it will come across as a revisionist attempt by me to make me look good – and that thought appals me.

“Regrets? Absolutely! Regrets for an insensitive remark – yes  – but even more so, for the things that happened at Knox. There needs to be justice given, care provided and lessons learnt – not least, by me.”

Mr Fotis remains at large after a warrant for his arrest was issued last Wednesday, following his failure to appear before the royal commission the previous day.

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Forget the pictures you’ve seen in adult films and the “lifelike” drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide for the average penis size – and hopefully it will put some men at ease.
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British researchers have pooled the measurements of more than 15,000 men’s penises to more closely determine what constitutes “normal-sized” anatomy.

They found the average penis is 13.12 centimetres when erect and 9.31 centimetres when flaccid.

The team, led by psychiatrist David Veale, created graphs of both length and girth, finding the vast majority of men range between 11 and 15 centimetre in length and between 10 and 13 centimetres in circumference when erect.

“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said Dr Veale, a specialist in body dysmorphic disorders at King’s College London Medical School.

Only 2.28 per cent of the population have an abnormally small penis.

A distribution of penis length among 15,000 men.

The researchers didn’t measure 15,000 men themselves – they combined the measurements of 20 other studies, from a variety of countries, into a meta-analysis.

The report dispelled several myths about penis size being related to a man’s shoe size or index finger. While urban legend says men of African descent tend to be well-endowed, the report found there was insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions about differences in the penis size of different races.

The question of size is one most men consider at some point in their life. One study included in the analysis reported that 55 percent of men were not satisfied with their size.

“This is a centuries-old issue,” Dr Veale told Fairfax Media. “It may have gotten worse as men may compare against models in porn films over the internet.”

But the same study found only 15 percent of women took issue with their partner’s anatomy.

“Girth is usually more important than length – and technique is more important,” said Dr Veale.

The team said the size scale may offer comfort to men who are overly concerned by the size, a condition known as “small penis anxiety”.

Dr Veale said about 10 percent of males, mostly young men, may have the condition. An even smaller proportion suffer body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), where they are preoccupied with the size of their penis and find it shameful.

A distribution of penis girth among 15,000 men.

“We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position, or what they think they should be,” said Dr Veale, whose analysis has been published in the scientific journal BJU International.

One bone of contention is that only a few studies collected measurements while men had an erect penis; most studies had men stretch their flaccid penis to infer its erect size.

Dr Shomik Sengupta, from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, said for those men who fixate on the issue of size, these comparisons may not reduce their anxiety.

But he said treatments for penile enlargements, while widely advertised, were often not effective and potentially dangerous.

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Former England superstar and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was never a likely option for Melbourne City, Brian Marwood, the football administration officer for the club’s Abu Dhabi-controlled owner, City Football Group, has revealed.
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And while Marwood stopped short of agreeing that the David Villa signing – where the Spanish World Cup winner played only four games for City – was a “disaster”, he admitted that both the Melbourne club and the CFG had learnt plenty of lessons from an experiment that left a sour taste in the mouths of many City fans, especially those who had swelled the club’s membership in the expectation that Villa would play 10 games for the Melbourne team.

Results in the first half of the season, when City struggled badly for form, were unacceptable, Marwood said. But coach John van ‘t Schip’s job was not dependent on making the finals.

“We will assess it in the summer. We will take a view. We are happy with JVS and the group. We have a lot of faith in the staff. And when you are on the inside you know what they have to work with in terms of the dynamics of certain aspects,” said Marwood, an English League winner with Arsenal in his playing days.

Nevertheless the Manchester-based executive believes that Melbourne City’s first year under CFG’s control has been, with some exceptions, more successful than not as the UAE-based owners seek to bed the Melbourne franchise into a group in which EPL champion Manchester City is the jewel in the crown and New York City is the bold new frontier.

“In some areas, yes (it’s gone the way CFG hoped), in other areas, probably no,” Marwood said. Referring to the club’s newly opened training centre at Latrobe University, he said: “The yes bit is if you look at where we are sitting today, it’s much different to the Epping experience that I walked into.” Back then, City used to train at a suburban ground, often using wheelies bins full of ice as cooling baths.

“Some of the big highlights for me have been the emergence of the young players. Ben Garuccio, Jacob Melling and Connor Chapman are three players who have found their feet this year. They look extremely promising for the future of the club.

“I was really pleased by the fact that the youth team won their league. That was a great achievement. We have got some interesting emerging talent. The plans we have, the academy, the first team, we have an interesting summer coming up. We have a number of players who are out of contract.

“In a salary-capped league it was frustrating for me that people seemed to miss the point when they saw the City group taking over Melbourne City. They just expected us to throw a lot of money at the team. You can’t do that … it’s not the world we live in.

“It wasn’t like Man City six years ago, where we could take a team that was a potential relegation Premier League team to one that was going to compete for the championship.

“I think there’s been more pluses than minuses. The minuses have certainly been the amount of injuries we have had this year. A lot of them have been impact injuries rather than soft-tissue injuries.”

While City will still consider sending big-name players who are probably in their twilight years to Melbourne, it seems more likely that they will send younger players from the under-21 squad over for training or to play a season if they fit into the team dynamic. Currently a youngster from Manchester City’s under 21s, James Horsfield, is training with van ‘t Schip’s team to gain experience and develop his football.

“The Villa experience taught us a lot of things. Was it the right thing, the wrong thing … in certain times you have to test it and see whether it works or not.

“Frank [Lampard] had struck an agreement last summer to go to New York. The team were not going to start playing until March (when the MLS kicks off). He needed to keep himself fit in that period between August and March.

“We talked about the potential of Melbourne and the situation with Manuel (Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini) came up, and Manuel felt that Frank could add something to the City squad. It never got past the concept idea of talking within the group. When Manuel felt he could contribute and Frank realised that was the case, everybody felt that it was probably the best [for him to stay in Manchester],” said Marwood.

He readily admits that the Melbourne club did not make the most of the opportunities that it was presented with at the start of the season.

“Certainly the results in the first half of the season were poor, not acceptable,” Marwood said. “We didn’t capture the momentum earlier in the season when membership went to 10,000. We had nearly 16,000 to David’s first game. But because the results weren’t there … people used to say at first that it was always same old City in Manchester and I heard it here too, that Melbourne City will take you to the point, then disappoint you. But hopefully symbols like the new training ground will show that we are here for the long term.”

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Charmaine Crawford, 24, of Laverock Road, has pleaded not guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to breaching an intervention order, resisting police and behaving in an offensive manner.A WARRNAMBOOL mother fighting police charges can be clearly heard in the background of a triple 0 call yelling and screaming before officers arrived at her home.
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Charmaine Crawford, 24, of Laverock Road, has pleaded not guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to breaching an intervention order, resisting police and behaving in an offensive manner.

Ms Crawford has been the subject of an intervention order, banning her from engaging in domestic violence while in the presence of her eight-month-old son.

On June 30 last year her partner called police saying there was an IVO in place, she was “going nuts”, highly anxious, yelling and swearing and stopping cars in the street.

Senior Constable Emmeline McKinnon said when police arrived Ms Crawford could be heard yelling and screaming obscenities from the Laverock Road home.

She said Ms Crawford’s partner had their eight-month-old son in his arms while she had barricaded herself behind a cot. She was alleged to have repeatedly sworn and told police to get out of her home.

Ms Crawford then locked herself in a bedroom and police forced open the bedroom door.

Senior Constable McKinnon determined there had been family violence in the home, with Ms Crawford as the aggressor and told her she was being detained in custody.

Once placed in the back of a divisional van, Senior Constable McKinnon said Ms Crawford made obscene and highly offensive comments, which continued at the police station.

The case will continue before magistrate Peter Mellas later this month.

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THE issue of parents taking their children out of school for a family holiday has raised the ire of Leader readers.
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The education department has changed the rules for these scenarios with a crackdown on temporary leave.

Many of our readers believe it’s Big Brother gone too far and the department should keep its nose out of family business.

We all know families who have hit the road with their kids in tow for amonth-long, two-month, evensix-month adventure holiday.

These parents will tell you their children learn a great deal from these kinds of trips.

There may not be a lot of formal grammar and maths lessons, but for the young, life experience – meeting new people, seeing how other people live, learning about different places – is just as valuable.

Taking a child out for a block of time once in a while is a lot different, too, from parents who can’t be bothered sending their kids to school. This is negligence of the highest order and should not be tolerated in any form.

And perhaps the age of the child also has some bearing on this debate.

Taking a student in the upper levels of high school away for an extended period is a different story to a young child in primary school, but it could be argued parents have enough sense to appreciate this distinction.

Maybe the department would argue the cost of school holiday accommodation is no justification for taking kids out during term, but in this day and age it’s a reality, particularly for a larger family.

For some, the economics simply can’t be ignored.

There are also times when parents’ and childrens’ holidays just don’t mesh.

So, for the sake of spending some time away as a family, a school absense is necessary.

Kids are kids for what can seem like the blink of an eye, and families are together under the one roof for a comparitively short time.

The family holiday is something to cherish, and sometimes it’s just not possible for this to span a school holiday break.

Responsible parents should not be discouraged from giving this kind of gift to their kids.

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AUSTRALIA is at risk of “losing the battle” against family violence, says Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.
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Rosie Batty and Andrew Broad.

He said he was alarmed to learn two women a week were killed by partners or former partners in Victoria, and something needed to change.

Mr Broad was not alone in his concern, as Australian of the Year and passionate anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty addressed more than 40 parliamentarians in Canberra on Monday night.

The Nationals’ MP helped facilitate the forum on family violence as part of his role on the Parliamentarians Against Family Violencecommittee.

He said “you could have heard a pin drop” as Ms Batty, whose son Luke was killed by his father Greg Anderson last year, told her story and urged MPs not to blame the victims of domestic violence.

“Rosie didn’t take a backward step – she was pretty clear about what she thinks needs to happen,” Mr Broad said.

“Seventeen to 19-year-olds’ attitudes toward women with respect to violence are declining, not improving, which is a worry. We’vegot a long way to go.”

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Malachy Legg, 29, of Princes Highway, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to the charge which breached a suspended jail sentence.A PORT Fairy man with an extensive criminal record has been jailed for a fortnight after failing to have an alcohol interlock device on his car.
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Malachy Legg, 29, of Princes Highway, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to the charge which breached a suspended jail sentence.

He was jailed for seven days and on the breach of suspended sentence will serve 14 days. The sentences will run concurrently.

Legg was stopped at a booze bus site along the Princes Highway at Warrnambool on July 13 last year, where a driver’s licence check revealed he had an alcohol interlock condition on his licence for three years.

There was no alcohol interlock device fitted to his car.

After sentencing yesterday, Legg appealed against the severity of the penalty and was released on bail until an appeal hearing in the Warrnambool County Court.

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Sometimes you’ve just got to have fun.
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When The Mercury heard about a global competition to get our city’s name on an icon of our culture – the Monopoly board – we got excited.

How good would it be to sit down to a game of Monopoly and see Maitland right there on the map?

We dreamt up a scheme to contact people in other cities called Maitland around the world and enlist them to the cause. We were given a chance to spruik this on national television.

We’ve been on phones, social media and email to unite Maitlands of the globe. And today we bring you the news that Maitland, South Australia, had embraced the cause.

And be warned – we aren’t finished yet.

Why are we so interested? And why has this campaign attracted global attention?

If you’re reading this, there’s every chance the game has featured somewhere in your life.

Have you ever heard a final verdict punctuated with the words: “Do not pass GO, do not collect $200”? Have you referred to a “Get Out of Jail Free” card when you’ve found a way to get yourself off the hook?

Monopoly has probably seen you through rainy afternoons and hours of anticipation, sprawled on the loungeroom floor with family or friends.

Sure, there were fights over who got to be banker. You probably spat the dummy when you saw someone stealing. And there’s been many a house-rules showdown over the Free Parking kitty.

Monopoly has an indelible place in our culture. It’s the stuff of memories. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our beautiful city was part of that phenomenon in years to come?

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The sixth International Biennial of Media Art: Experimenta Recharge will be exhibited at the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival (MWAF) this year.
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MODERN LOOK: 3D printing will be part of the Biennial exhibition.

“It’s a great coup to be hosting this critically acclaimed, international exhibition here,” Arts Mildura director­ Paul Lambeth said.

“It shows Mildura is a vibrant regional arts centre with a great appreciation for media and digital artistry.”

The Experimenta Recharge exhibition poses the question; does knowledge change when it is presented in different technological forms and cultural contexts?

By producing unconventional perspectives, can experimental artists illuminate existing knowledge and meaning for a new generation?­

The exhibition presents 18 works from Australian and international­ artists.

The multidisciplinary works draw from photography, installation, electronic sculpture, interactive and immersive media, robotics, bio art, live art, sound art, 3D printing, games, animation, film and video.

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LEICAMEARES is returning to her home track of Ballarat on Thursday in pursuit of a return to best form and a feature race victory.
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Dan O’Sullivan saddles up Leicameares in the fourth heat of the Porter Plant Cup Series, 1400m – a showcase event for fillies and mares.

This is the last lead-up to the $50,000 Porter Plant Cup, 1400m, in Ballarat on Thursday, March 12.

Ballarat Turf Club has run previous heats over three consecutive Thursdays.

Up to her latest outing, when last at Sandown Lakeside, Leicameares had been a model of consistency this campaign for O’Sullivan.

She had produced a win in Ballarat, plus a second and two thirds in as many starts.

The four-year-old’s win at Sportsbet-Ballarat was significantly over Thursday’s 1400-metre trip.

Damien Oliver gave Leicameares the run of the race, one-out and one-back, before switching her to the inside and railing through to the lead.

Glen Boss takes the ride on her this time and although Leicameares will jump from the outside gate, this should not cause too many problems in a small field.

The Terry and Karina O’Sullivan-trained Resumethegame (60.5kg) is top weight, but this will be eased by a 2kg claim by apprentice jockey Jessica Payne.

Darren Weir, who won the first Porter Plant Cup heat with Pendles, has accepted with So Hasty, while La Consolidate (Robbie Griffiths), Tail Risk (Danny O’Brien) and Cathy’s Mark (Nigel Blackiston) are others from other leading stables.

Thursday, which features seven races starting at 1.20pm, will be the first of three race meetings in the space of eight days in Ballarat, with the Victorian jumps season being launched at the track on Tuesday.

Three jumps races have been programmed – $20,000 maiden hurdle, 3200m; $20,000 benchmark125 hurdle, 3200m; and benchmark125 steeplechase, 3200m.

MEANWHILE, Weir saddles up the latest import for OTI Racing at Sandown on Wednesday.

Lightly raced four-year-old Tall Ship makes his Australian debut in the Mitavite Challenge heat five, 1400m.

He has raced seven times in England.

Weir isn’t expecting the import to figure prominently on Wednesday, but believes he’s a nice stayer in the making.

He’s had three trials to prepare him for Australian conditions, with Weir insisting he’s shown improvement at each outing.

“He’s a nice staying type,” Weir said.

“We’ve put him in here to kick him off and then we’ll just work our way through it from there.”

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Adding value: Working at Aroundagain are Chris Dowdy, Matt Reyney, Owen Richardson and Luke Hudson. Picture: Louise DongesWITH the right support, people with disabilities can make a valuable contribution to the workforce, says the Christie Centre chief executive.
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Florence Davidson wants employers to look past a person’s disability when considering hiring them.

She said they were often either “fearful” or “patronising” toward candidates with disabilities – and enough was enough.

Ms Davidson’s comments come as the Federal Government is considering an overhaul of Australia’s $150 billion welfare system.

An independent review has found the system was “out of step” with labour market and community expectations.

It found the system was “failing to identify groups at risk of long-term income support dependence” and needed to refocus on early intervention and supporting individuals through difficult transitions.

A recommendation being considered by the government is moving people on disability support payments back into the workforce.

It’s a move Ms Davidson supports, but she cautioned the government against a “quick fix”.

“There needs to be incentives for work, not a push towards work,” she said.

She said the government needed to recognise there were often medical or social barriers to full-time work for people with disabilities, and successful employment needed to suit individuals.

The Christie Centre is one of a number of Mildura organisations assisting people with disabilities to move into the workforce.

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Your candidates from left: Philip Penfold (Independent), Jenny Aitchison (Labor), Steve Thomson (Liberal), John Brown (The Greens), Tina Esposito (No Land Tax, no picture supplied), Anna Balfour, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group).●Get to know the seats in the Hunter
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AT A GLANCE

In one sense, the race for Maitland will be an open contest in 2015 with the city guaranteed to get a new state MP on March 28.

Liberal Robyn Parker scored a huge win in 2011 when she ousted Labor’s Frank Terenzini. Ms Parker secured a swing of more than 20 per cent to the Liberals, leaving them with a comfortable 4.9 per cent margin. But Ms Parker won’t be contesting the 2015 poll, with Hunter Business Chamber director Steve Thomson ready to do the party’s bidding.

He will line up against Labor’s Jenny Aitchison and the Greens’ John Brown. The boundary redistributions in 2012 might also play a part in this year’s result – the adjustment will steal a bit away from the Liberals which might prove costly in a tight finish.

Oddly, the Newcastle rail issue will play a significant part in the Maitland election. Many of Maitland’s workers travel to the city by train for work, so the truncation of the heavy rail line at Wickham has not gone down entirely well in this part of the world.

Suburbs in electorate: Aberglasslyn, Allandale, Anambah, Ashtonfield, Berry Park, Bishops Bridge, Bolwarra, Bolwarra Heights, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Duckenfield, East Maitland, Farley, Four Mile Creek, Gillieston Heights, Gosforth, Greta, Harpers Hill, Hillsborough, Horseshoe Bend, Lambs Valley, Largs, Lochinvar, Lorn, Louth Park, Luskintyre, Maitland, Maitland Vale, Melville, Metford, Millers Forest, Mindaribba, Morpeth, Mount Dee, Oakhampton, Oakhampton Heights, Oswald, Phoenix Park, Pitnacree, Raworth, Rosebrook, Rutherford, South Maitland, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Tocal, Windella, Windermere, Woodberry, Woodville.

Currently held by: Robyn Parker, Liberal

Heritage Mall in Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Margin: 4.9% to Independent

Boundary redistribution: reduced Liberal margin by about 1.4% on 2011 result.

Voters: 53,160

Two-party preferred result 2011: Robyn Parker (Liberal) 22,057 beat Frank Terenzini (Labor) 17,135

Total population: 75,694

Median age: 36

Total workforce: 37,192

Weekly household income: $1329

People who travel to work by public transport: 845

People who travel to work by car as passenger or driver: 27,099

Couples without children: 7545

Couples with children: 9838

One parent families: 3447

Own house outright: 8347

Own house with mortgage: 10,857

Rent home: 6780

Median monthly mortgage repayment: $1733

Unemployment rate: TBC

CANDIDATES IN BALLOT ORDER

1.Philip Penfold, Independent

2.Jenny Aitchison, Labor

3.Steve Thomson, Liberal

4. John Brown, The Greens

5.Tina Esposito, No Land Tax

6.Anna Balfour, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

* Information collected from 2011 Census, Newcastle Herald archive and Elections NSW.

STUNTED: Lawrence “Legend” Ryan with his new flying bikes, which will be used in the daredevil’s 25th anniversary tour.
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IT’S been a while since the order was signed sealed and delivered, but they’ve finally arrived.

Two race-prepared Harley Davidson XR750’s have made the journey from America for Lawrence “Legend” Ryan’s 25thanniversary tour.

The tour will include six death-defying stunts and were planned to begin earlier this year, but delays in getting the bikes to Australia have held up the schedule.

“Good things are worth waiting for,” Mr Ryan said.

“People are telling me it’s a little longer I have on this earth,” he joked.

With the bikes finally in Australia and in Mr Ryan’s hands, work to make them ready to fly can finally begin.

“They have the same power to weight ratio as American NASCAR racers,” he said.

“The American tuning is not designed for Australia and they’ve been sitting in a shipping container for three months,I’ll need to go over them with a fine tooth comb,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said everything had to be considered –right down to the foot pegs are so they aren’t gouging landing ramps or causing crashes.

Despite being prepared by the same person the bikes are not exactly the same.

“One bike has a slightly shorter stroke and both are race engines so they have a higher compression and have to run on race fuel.”

Race engineers will normally rebuild an engine after competing and it meant the engines could be temperamental at times.

“(But) it’s the easiestlife they’ll have.”

With fresh paint in Mr Ryan’s colours now freshly applied, some testing will be needed to see how the bikes will perform on the ramp.

“When a normal motor-cross bike is jumped, if you accelerate it brings the back-end down in the air and on the ground,” Mr Ryan said.

However, because of the difference in weight and engine torque, the XR750s tend to pull to the side –either the left or right.

“The balance of wheels to torque of engine is completly different,” Mr Ryan said.

Once the bikes themselves are sorted, it will come down to preparing ramps to make the most of the bikes’ power and ensure Mr Ryan will be able to jump obstacles.

“If all goes to plan, it will be Aprilbut it could be May if there’s more work to be done on the bikes than expected.”

“I’m getting pitches from around the country to jump boats, buildings and buses.”

Despite the offers Mr Ryan said he wasn’t interested in rushing out and risking everything.

“I want to make sure it’s done right, from how the bikes ride down to the fuel they use,” Mr Ryan said.

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