Carbo's Classic Hits

I'm an aspiring sports journalist and am currently studying Professional Writing & Editing at RMIT with a view to completing a journalism degree. Sport plays a big part in my life and I don't think you will ever be able to take sport away from me no matter what I am doing or where I am in the world.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Year Ahead

Last year was definately a big year for me with so many highlights and 2007 has only just started but being accepeted into journalism at RMIT is definately a huge lifetime highlight for me.

Last year was the final year of my Professional Writing and Editing course at TAFE, the graduation ceremony almost saw me start to cry because it was the realisation of having overcome the many challenges as a person with Asperger Syndrome.

Journalism has long been an area that I have had an interest in and wanted to work in, so getting into the degree is a great way for me to learn even more skills as I continue to work on my ambition to be a sports journalist.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

International Day of People with Disability 2006 Presentation

International Day of People with Disability
Victorian Department of Education

Good morning everyone and I am here today to tell you about the disability that I have in Asperger Syndrome along with a few other community based projects designed to promote awareness of disability related issues.

What is Asperger Syndrome?

Asperger Syndrome is one of five neurobiological pervasive development disorders that have distinct characteristics particularly in the skill areas of social and communication skills. It was named after the German physician Dr Hans Asperger who made initial observations in 1944, but it wasn’t until 1994 that it was recognised by health authorities in the USA as a disability.

What was it like growing up with Asperger Syndrome?

Growing up with Asperger Syndrome was definitely one filled with many challenges and there were times where I was often very frustrated with not just myself but also those around me because they didn’t understand my behaviour. As I have gotten older my peers have accepted me for who I am and not judged me based on my actions which are sometimes not exactly what you could call correct or mainstream.

Challenges in TAFE, what were they?

As a student at RMIT TAFE the challenges I faced were quite mixed but there are two in particular that gave me the most trouble. These were time management and correct behaviour in class. The Disability Liaison Unit at RMIT were able to organise a note taker who acted as a buddy for me and helped me achieve better behaviour so as to ensure that no one in my classes became annoyed or angry with me. Time management is still an issue for me, although I do have trouble prioritising things and will need to do some work on this in the future.

What helped at TAFE?
Having the Disability Liaison Unit as a resource definitely helped me to overcome the challenges of being a disability student. The DLU were and still are a great source of information/inspiration for everyone who is a student with a disability at RMIT. Being involved in projects such as recording the Aspirations CD as given me confidence to be a vocal advocate and speaker on disability related issues.

Another project I was involved in the creation of the “E Team” which is a number of current and past students with a disability who have volunteered their team to act as advice givers/sources of information to those with a disability who looking to commence study. It was launched mid way through this year and everyone involved in confident that interest in the program will pick up as plenty of new students with a disability commence study early next year.

Current status

Currently, I am on a Disability Support Pension and do have aspirations to get some part-time or casual work in the future. During the winter time, I am work as a statistician for the Werribee Football Club who competes in the elite VFL competition. I have applied to commence a degree in either journalism or communications at RMIT, so fingers crossed when offers are made in January. Netball is another passion of mine and I write match reports/news pieces for a sports website. I am responsible for coverage of both Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels home matches along with Australian international matches played in Melbourne.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Schools not responsible for everything

The recent Werribee DVD controversy has raised several issues and one of these has included how much responsibility schools hold when it comes to teaching students in non academic areas such as accpetable social behavior.

Schools shouldn't be blamed whenever a case of bullying or violent teenage behaviour is reported in the media and it really is about time parents to take back a much greater level of responsibility because it is how behave that directly influences the children they have raised.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Netball.... whats next?

The Commonwealth Bank Trophy is Australia's elite netball competition played at venues across Australia and is telecast live on digital television channel ABC2.

Australia will be keen to avenge the loss to New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games final when a two Test series is played over the next week in Brisbane and Sydney.

However, there is one paticular issue pertaining to television coverage of the series that has angered me greatly since I found out about it on Netball Australia's website.

This is the ABC's decision to not utilise the ABC2 digital channel to telecast the two international matches LIVE but to rather stick with the traditional formula of delayed telecasts.

It's a completely different story in New Zealand receive where viewers receive live coverage of all Silverferns matches played on the One Sport network.

Does Netball Australia have anything to do with this or was this a decision made by ABC management in Sydney?

Ideally, if we want increased coverage and general media interest in netball surely using the ABC2 channel to cover internationals as well as Commonwealth Bank Trophy matches would be the way to go.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The ABC's coverage of VFL football.... partly banned?

For those of you who are regular viewers of ABC TV's coverage of the VFL on a Sautrday, there has been something missing in recent weeks and I'm sure you know what it is.... the coaches addresses during the breaks.

These have been a highlight of the ABC's coverage since 1988 and due to yet another batch of complaints from disgruntled viewers with regards to swearing from coaches, network executives made the decision that such verbal beaviour would no longer be tolerated.

Despite the coverage being of a live nature, surely there could be something done to ensure that viewers are still able to see what the coaches have to say and although it might prove a little difficult it could be done in my opinion.

It could be done in a way where what the coaches say is recorded and replayed at a later time during the broadcast, although it might have to be edited a considerable amount due to the tough deadlines the ABC have.

The majority of VFL coaches are well behaved in front of the cameras and ABC management need to take this into consideration, banning the addresses takes away from the coverarage that sets it apart from it's commercial counterparts when they cover AFL football.

On another note, it has angered my greatly me in recent weeks that there are so many people out there who think its's quite accpetable to verbally bash referees who are involved in the World Cup.

People are forgetting something here and this is that these people are human just like us which means they are not going to be perfect with every decision during a match which is only natural.

Without the referees, we wouldn't have a game and people need to understand this which I doubt many people would be prepared to do so.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Queensland Firebirds, the real deal in 2006

The Queensland Firebirds have long been a struggling team and have not played Commonwealth Bank Trophy finals in the history of Australia's highest netball competition since it began back in 1997.

Under new coach and Australian netball legend, Vicki Wilson the Firebirds are now ranked as one of the top four teams in the competition and look like they will stay there if they can overcome a determined Perth Orioles outfit.

With the addition of New South Wales based veteran, Jo Morgan the Queensland team are now playing a much more determined brand of netball and not just going through the motions like they did many times last season.

With a new coach and a much more determined group of players, the Queensland Firebirds are one of the teams to keep an eye out for during the second half of season 2006.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Our first World Cup win.... Johnny Warren told us so

After 32 years, Australia finally recorded it's first victory in a World Cup football tournament.

For a long time, the round ball code in this country has struggled for acceptance because Aussie Rules and both rugby league/union have reined supreme over a football code which is extremely popular in Europe.

For over 80 minutes, all hope was lost and the Socceroos would have gone down in history as still not yet recording a victory against anyone in World Cup competition until the genuis of Guus Huddink decided to introduced the duo of Cahill/Aloisi.

Aloisi's celebration was virtually the same as the famous finger waving effort that got us into the World Cup into front of a huge crowd at Telstra Stadium last year.

What happened last night was an event in Australian sporting history and all the we should all be proud of, regardless of whether we have any sort of interest in a game which played all around the world unlike Aussie Rules.

Aussie Rules football is a great game and although I have a strong involvement in that particular code, the world game has received greater recognition since the restructure of the FFA and the new A League competition that pulled huge crowds in the inaugural season.