Stars shine

THE stars of Australian sports and entertainment were out at Salt Village this weekend with former World No.1 tennis player Pat Rafter, surfing champion Layne Beachly and music sensations The Veronicas mingling with fans. Mr Rafter, a two-time US Open winner, went back to basics, playfully popping balls back and fourth %over the net with young fans. Seven-time world surfing champion Ms Beachley tried to tame the mechanical surfboard in front of fanatic surf fans. The Veronicas took to the stage and sung in front of a horde of screaming fans, at one stage enticing four competitors on stage for a dance-off. Mr Rafter, Ms Beachly and the Veronica twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso were on Tweed, along with actor Michael Caton and charity worker Lillian Frank for their induction into the Australian Walk of Fame. Event Director Lee Donehue said the event was the first of a new format being introduced by the Walk of Fame in 2008. There will be four separate events held around the Tweed this year. "The new Tweed Coast is ready to embrace entertainment events of a higher calibre," Ms Donehue said. "I've been overwhelmed by the community's support for this style of event and the %business community has just embraced it." A gala dinner held at Peppers on Saturday night included triumphant Titans players, Walk of Fame 2006 member Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew and INXS member Kirk Pengilly. The six new inductees join more than 30 others already on the "walk", including swimmers Grant Hackett, Dawn Fraser and racehorse Makybe Diva. More than $10,000 was raised in auctions and raffles on Saturday, to be donated to communities at the end of the year. "We would like to give it back to the community, they've done so much for us," Ms Donehue said. "The event sold out and we didn't even advertise, it was all word of mouth," she said. The next event for the 2008 series will be a speakers lunch at Sandbar & Grill on Friday, 12 June. Motorcycle champion Wayne Gardner has already been confirmed as one of the next inductees for the event. For enquiries email ldonehue@bigpond.net.au.



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