Issue #11

New local sport and a health clinic that's a little different.

Welcome to The Prestonian, a fortnightly newsletter that brings you all the ins and outs of Preston and it's local surroundings.

We are a group of creatives who want to share our love and passion for the northern suburbs. We'll be covering a whole host of topics ranging from local news to food reviews to local sports. Everything Preston, always.

Meet our editor

Sezer is a creative writing wiz who specialises in putting words onto a page. He moved to Preston at the start of the year and fell in love with the suburb. You can see him walking his dog, Ramsay, up and down High Street.

He works as the social media marketing manager for Digital Basis, a Preston-based digital agency that has thrown its support behind The Prestonian.

What are we covering in this issue?

We check out local health services, find a new local sports team to support, and an upcoming performance of Swan Lake you won't want to miss.

Sport in Preston

Northern Raiders Gridiron

Northern Raiders

Here in Victoria, we're pretty preoccupied with AFL across all levels, from grassroots to the big leagues. While the footy season might be over, the footy weather hasn't gone away.

Those of us that are big fans of community sports might be feeling down about the lack of games played due to the weather we've had recently, with local cricket the hardest hit thanks to La Niña.

We've found a solution though and it comes through Gridiron! The northern suburbs have a dedicated team based out of Reservoir called the Northern Raiders.

We have only just stumbled onto the Raiders and aren't up to date on how their season is progressing so far, but we know that we're around the halfway point of the home and away season, so there are still a few games to attend.

The Raiders are playing their next game at 12 pm on Saturday November 5th at MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve (Ground 1) in Toolern Vale. If you've got some free time this Saturday to support a local team, the Northern Raiders would love to see some support at their games.

If you've ever been interested in trying your hand at Gridiron, you can head to their website for more info on getting involved as a player or club volunteer.


A short walk down from the intersection of Tyler Street and Plenty Road you'll find a stunning little clinic that houses two different health specialists. You have Empowered Spine and Mind run by Dr. Cristina, and MYOSTRENGTHPERFORMANCE run by Steph.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the clinic to learn more about what is on offer across both health services.

First up, we popped into MYOSTRENGTH to chat with Steph about what she does. If you aren't well-versed in myotherapy, let me give you a quick rundown of what it is. Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement caused by muscle dysfunction and/or injury.

Steph works with a wide range of clients, from elite athletes to the general population.

There are two main pillars to the work she does, strength and myotherapy/rehab. The strength training is for anyone looking to improve their overall body strength through a personalised plan or more targeted things like speed, power etc.

The myotherapy/rehab service is more directed to clients looking for general advice and education on managing their aches and pains or for clients who are rehabbing an injury. The end goal is to get clients moving again, pain-free.

Steph has a soccer background and completed her studies in sports and exercise science. When you couple the exercise science with myotherapy you have someone who can pinpoint an issue and help you not only fix it but educate you in preventing it from happening in future.

Steph is offering The Prestonian readers $10 off their first session when they quote "The Prestonian" when booking!

Right next door to MYOSTRENGTH is Empowered Spine and Mind run by Dr. Cristina.

Dr. Cristina has nearly 10 years of experience having completed her chiropractic degree at RMIT University in Melbourne and her remedial massage diploma at the Australian College of Massage.

She focuses on giving your body the best individual treatment paired with education, rehabilitation and nutrition advice to keep your body functioning at its peak. Dr. Cristina prefers to treat by combining both chiro and remedial massage, focusing on deep tissue massage, sports recovery and rehab. Dr. Cristina is also qualified and experienced in dry needling, pregnancy massage and relaxation.

Walking into Empowered, you're immediately greeted by Dr. Cristina's two beautiful dogs (check them out here), and your attention moves to the stunning mural on the wall bringing a real sense of calm to the room.

The service is always with a smile, and the ladies make you feel at home immediately.

You can pop in for a general massage, or some time in the infrared sauna if you're just after some relaxation. Or, you can just come in and pat the dogs, have a cup of tea, and have a chat. The community aspect of the space is what makes Empowered Spine and Mind a place you'll want to come back to time and time again.

We loved our experience at both MYOSTRENGTHPERFORMANCE and Empowered Spine and Mind, and we're sure you will too! Check out their socials down below.

Swan Lake at Darebin Arts Centre

The Australian Ballet

The Melbourne Studio of Ballet students will perform classical solos from The Nutcracker, Paquita, Sylvia, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty and choreography from Act I, II, III and IV of Swan Lake.

This is the end of year performance for the students and will no doubt be the biggest and most exciting performance of the year.For ballet enthusiasts, this will be one show you won't want to miss, and for the general population, this will be a great evening where you get to experience the beauty and awe that ballet brings.

Approximate running time: 55 mins, no interval.

When: Wednesday November 16th - 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Grab your tickets here:

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