Sally Pearson

Gold Coast hurdler Sally Pearson has given birth to a baby girl!

Gold Coast Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson has welcomed a baby girl into the world.

The champion hurdler, who went to Helensvale State High School, took to Instagram to share the exciting news on Wednesday afternoon.

“We would like to introduce you all to Ruby Elizabeth Pearson,” the 33-year-old captioned a photo of her and husband Kieran cradling their new bundle of joy in hospital.

The Australian sports star, who announced her retirement from athletics in August 2019, gave birth earlier this morning.

 

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08.07.2020 ❤️ Ruby Elizabeth Pearson – Any media or newsroom wishing to use the photo simply send me a DM 😊

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Pearson first announced she was expecting in January this year, sharing an adorable photo of her and her husband holding a pair of tiny baby shoes and an ultrasound photo.

“My husband Kieran and I are pleased to announce that we are expecting our first child,” Pearson wrote at the time.

“To start the next chapter of our lives with such joy and love is more than we could’ve ever hoped for,” she continued.

“We are looking forward to meeting our little one in July this year, just before the Tokyo Olympics start!! Gotta start them young!”

Congratulations to the happy new family!

 

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Motorist suffers ‘serious injuries’ after slamming into tree, Gold Coast

A woman has been hospitalised with serious injuries, after a car slammed into a tree in Maudsland overnight.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Maudsland Road and Guanaba Creek Road just after 9.30pm.

On arrival, crews reported a single vehicle had crashed into a tree.

Two people were assessed at the scene, with one needing further treatment in hospital.

A 34-year-old woman was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital with suspected spinal injuries according to Queensland Ambulance.

She’s reportedly in a stable condition.

A man in his 40s was also assessed at the scene, but did not require any further treatment.

Blood Donation

Gold Coast blood donor centres to open longer

More Gold Coasters will be able to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, with the Robina and Southport Donor Centres extending their hours from today.

Both centres will now open from 7am Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sunday.

In order to prevent a potential shortage of supplies, every week Australian Red Cross Lifeblood needs to collect 900 blood and plasma donations on the Gold Coast alone.

Spokesperson Kristy Purnell told myGC they are hoping to encourage 300 new donors to give blood on the Gold Coast each month.

“Going into winter, we often see a drop in donors, however the need for blood doesn’t stop,” she said.

“We are encouraging those healthy and well to make an appointment to donate.

“Giving blood takes only one hour of your time and it can save up to three lives.

“There is no substitute for blood and we need blood of every type, every day to save the lives of thousands of Australians.”

To make an appointment to give blood, visit lifeblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.

Taxi

Man charged after Gold Coast cab driver hit by stolen taxi

A taxi driver has been hit by his own vehicle after it was allegedly stolen during a terrifying confrontation on the Gold Coast early on Sunday morning.

The 23-year-old cab driver picked up two men from the Gold Coast University Hospital around 2.00am, with the pair agreeing to share a fare to separate addresses in the Hinterland.

Police say one of the men paid the driver and exited the vehicle when they arrived at a licenced venue.

However the second man refused to hand over any cash.

The taxi driver then got out of his vehicle to phone police when the passenger allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat and accelerated away.

“As the man drove off in the taxi it will be alleged he struck the driver as he attempted to stop it,” police said.

Thankfully he managed to escape with minor injuries and was taken to Robina Hospital for treatment.

Officers were able to track the taxi using the vehicle’s GPS and it was later found abandoned outside a home on Adelaide Street in Beenleigh.

A 24-year-old Windaroo man was arrested outside the property and has since been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle

Coles Trolley

Further purchase limits introduced in Coles supermarkets

Coles has been forced to introduce further purchase limits on a variety of different products in their Victorian and NSW stores after several workers tested positive to coronavirus.

The supermarket giant said a number of team members at their Laverton chilled distribution centre in Victoria have been diagnosed with the virus, forcing all workers at the facility to be tested.

“As a further precautionary measure a significant proportion of team members at the distribution centre have been asked to self-isolate at home,” Coles said.

As a result, Coles has brought in additional two-pack purchase limits in all Coles supermarkets in Victoria and Tasmania, as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW.

“While the Laverton distribution centre has been able to maintain operations, the reduced number of available team members has temporarily impacted our ability to replenish our Victorian stores with chilled and fresh produce lines,” the supermarket said.

The new products with limits include Fresh Milk, Cheese, Butter, Margarine, Chicken Breast, Chicken Thighs, Prepacked Carrots and Prepacked Potatoes.

Customers will also only be allowed to buy two of the following items including, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Beans, Canned Garden Veg, Pasta Sauce, Canned Fruit, Canned Baked Beans & Spaghetti, Canned Meat and Frozen Fruit & Veg.

The items are in addition to the other two-pack limits introduced last month, which remain in place for Pasta, Mince, Flour, Eggs, Hand Sanitiser, UHT milk, Sugar and rice.

A one-pack limit continues to apply to toilet paper and paper towel at Coles supermarkets across the whole country.

“Our team is working hard with our suppliers to replenish our stores as soon as possible, and we apologise to customers of our Victorian and NSW border stores who may find some chilled and fresh produce lines are temporarily out of stock,” Coles said.

“The health and safety of our team members remains a top priority for Coles and we look forward to welcoming our Laverton team members currently in isolation back to work as soon as they receive necessary clearances.”