This week’s top stories in South Western Times

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2016 Rio Olympics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cycling BMX. Olympic BMX Centre. 21 Lauren Reynolds after crashing with 93 Priscilla Stevaux Carnaval of Brasil
Camera Icon2016 Rio Olympics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cycling BMX. Olympic BMX Centre. 21 Lauren Reynolds after crashing with 93 Priscilla Stevaux Carnaval of Brasil Credit: The West Australian, Simon Santi The West Australian

This week’s edition of South Western Times is hot off the press and on your doorstep. Here are this week’s top stories.

Jail for Spud King nephew

A nephew of Spudshed founder Tony Galati has been jailed for a violent home invasion prompted by a “desperate” attempt to see his children during the height of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Joshua Pasqualino Vincenzo Galati.
Camera IconJoshua Pasqualino Vincenzo Galati.

Joshua Pasqualino Vincenzo Galati, 29, was sentenced in Perth District Court on Tuesday to three years prison — the last two years suspended — after a jury found him guilty of aggravated burglary at the Bunbury home of his former partner.

Going for Gold

Two South West sporting heroes are set to put aside an interrupted and uncertain preparation, and the chaos surrounding Japan’s COVID-19 situation, for a chance at Olympic glory next week.

Athletes can just about set their watches to the four-year Olympic cycle, so when the pinnacle of world sport is postponed for a year, they could be excused for losing their bearings a little.

Pictures for the STM's Olympic Issue. WA’s medal hopefuls, Hockey's Aran Zalewski, Water Polo Player Zoe Arancini & Sailor Matt Wearn at City Beach, Perth Photo Ross Swanborough. 140621
Camera IconPictures for the STM's Olympic Issue. WA’s medal hopefuls, Hockey's Aran Zalewski, Water Polo Player Zoe Arancini & Sailor Matt Wearn at City Beach, Perth Photo Ross Swanborough. 140621 Credit: The West Australian

But the region could boast two new Olympic medallists by the time the flame is extinguished in Tokyo in early August.

Australian hockey co-captain Aran Zalewski and BMX rider Lauren Reynolds have taken very different paths in the five years since Rio, but head to the Japanese capital with the same ambition.

Super sub Blakely’s catch 22

Fremantle’s perennial medical substitute Connor Blakely says he is “jumping out of my jocks” to play a rare full game on Sunday as he targets a senior return.

Sport. WAFL. East Perth Royals v Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval. Thunder player Connor Blakely.
Camera IconSport. WAFL. East Perth Royals v Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval. Thunder player Connor Blakely. Credit: Jackson Flindell The Sunday Times

Blakely’s disjointed campaign has almost matched the craziness of the COVID-affected AFL season.

The Bunbury product has started as the Dockers’ sub seven times and been called into action in five of those — the most in the league on both counts.

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