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SCNSW February Newsflash

Monday, 23 January 2017


Grüezi members and friends!

For three weekends in February, horse races are held on frozen Lake St Moritz: the ‘White Turf St Moritz’ races, which bring more than 35,000 wealthy tourists and spectators to the lake for champagne and betting against the magnificent backdrop of the mountains of the Engadine. Thoroughbred horses compete without riders on their backs, but instead skiers in tow. The sport originated from the Engadine region of Switzerland, and the first official White Turf races began in 1906.

The Engadine region is also where sports enthusiasts invented the sport of skijöring, where men on skis are pulled along a 2,700-metre-long track by unsaddled thoroughbreds at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Races run at a gallop, across hurdles, or at a canter plus skijöring alternate at 30-minute intervals: The galloped events include not just the 1,300-metre sprint, but other distances, too, while those who prefer to canter have 1,700 metres.

The first champion to win the races was President of Alpina Ski Club, Philip Mark and his horse Blitz (German for lightening). The races were once held on the road from St Moritz to Champfer; however, the sport has evolved considerably since the early 20th century and is run like other horse races, with all horses starting at the same time and running around the track.

Steering is a challenging task and requires great strength and skill. The skier with the most points after the three races on consecutive Sundays is crowned the “King of the Engadin Valley”. In addition to skijoring, traditional flat and trotting races over different distances are held.

Check out this YouTube clip which showcases the events from last years' White Turf St Moritz.

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Upcoming Events in Sydney:

  • CR: Pétanque with Cercle Romand on Sun 5 Feb from 11:00. See details below.
  • SCNSW: Free Swiss BBQ, Bronte Beach on Sun, 12 Mar from 11:00. See details below.
  • SCNSW: Wild Mushroom Picking, Blue Mountains on Sun, 9 April from 08:30. See our website for details.

Event: Pétanque with Cercle Romand Sydney

The Cercle Romand Sydney have kindly invited Swiss Club members and friends to join in a game of pétanque (lawn bowls) and a delicious brunch in Woolwich. This is a fantastic event for families with children of all ages! Let's show our true Swiss colours and join in the fun with our fellow Swiss-French community. Just bring your good mood, your pétanque balls/skills and camping chairs. The CR will supply croissants, orange juice, champagne and other delights for brunch. The SCNSW will offer a selection of cured meat and dessert for the buffet.
Please click on the link to the CR's eNewsflash for more info in Français.

When: Sunday, 5 February 2017 from 11:00.
Where: Clarkes Point Reserve, Clarke Road, Woolwich NSW 2110.
Cost: The CR will charge $5.00/person to cover the cost of the buffet.
RSVP: Bookings are appreciated for catering purposes. Please contact Daniel Frutiger via | 0403 502 048 | +61 2 9680 4299 by Sunday, 29 January 2017.

Event: Free Swiss BBQ, Bronte Beach

Join us for a casual BBQ in Bronte Park near the public BBQ area for some fun in the sun and surf. BYO drinks, but the SCNSW will organise a sausage sizzle, mixed salad and bread free of charge. The best spot for a free park is in the back streets near the Waverley Cemetery. You can then walk down to the beach and walk north along the cliff-walk to the beach, or walk to the hilltop Bronte Shops and find your way down the laneways to the beach (5-8 mins): just look for the SCNSW flag that will be up. Do not forget to bring your swimmers and sunscreen if you decide to go for a swim!

When: Sunday, 12 March 2017 11:00 to 15:00
Where: Bronte Park, NSW 2024
Cost: FREE for members, $10.00/person for non-members to cover food costs.
RSVPBookings are essential. Please contact Daniel Frutiger via | 0403 502 048 | +61 2 9680 4299 before Sunday, 5 March 2017.

Past Event: SCNSW Christmas Dinner Get-Together

On Monday, 19 December 2016, SCNSW members and friends gathered at our regular meeting spot, The Royal Leichhardt, for an informal gathering to celebrate Christmas and the end of 2016. We had a great turn out with over 30 people. The SCNSW gave everyone a small säckli of Christmas goodies to take home to say thank you for a wonderful year. Thank you to all who came along for an enjoyable evening, and we wish you all a great start for 2017!
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Echo Helvetia: Gotthard tunnel multimedia show
The Swiss Club of Victoria celebrated the commencement of scheduled passenger travel through the new Gotthard Base Railway Tunnel with a fascinating display and information presentation featuring video and photographs, dedicated to this marvel of railway engineering in the 21st Century.

Listen to podcast by Adrian Plitzco, Echo Helvetia. View their Facebook page.
All Swiss should emigrate once in a lifetime
Peer Teuwsen from Neue Zürcher Zeitung interviews Professor Walter Leimgruber, President of the Migration Commission, who explains why Switzerland needs to be interested in its emigrants and the importance of promoting the life of the Swiss living abroad.

Read the article here in Deutsch.
'Engagierte Auslandschweizerinnen'
Roland Isler, Delegate to the CSA, has kindly forwarded this interesting article, which features four inspirational, young female Swiss living abroad, and their engagement with their local Swiss Club and community. Among them is Sarah Hill-Müller from the Swiss Club of South Australia. These are truly amazing success stories: what they have to say confirms in many parts the outcomes of the recent ASO Conference in Melbourne, Victoria.
Read the full article here in Deutsch, published in Migros-Magazin.
Swiss Community Online Magazine
When it comes to going abroad, living there, or coming home, the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad is there to help you. In this latest issue of the online SwissCommunity magazine for 2016, the OSA introduces you to the their fourth role: giving advice. 

Read the online magazine here.

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