Swimmer Sophie Pascoe is the flag-bearer for the New Zealand team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony tomorrow.
Australian cricketers cheated by sandpapering the ball in the test against South Africa. That was wrong.
The players involved have been punished. Captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner have lost their positions and been banned for a year, Cameron Bancroft, who wielded the sandpaper has been banned for 9 months and their coach Darren Lehmann has resigned. That is right.
Team sponsors have withdrawn their support. That is understandable.
The sandpapering certainly wasn’t cricket. It was more thicket with the emphasis on thick.
But the vilification of the men seems to be over the top and the reaction to their actions lacks perspective.
Cheating is wrong and should be punished.
But unlike a lot of ethical and moral lapses and crimes where the victims are innocent, the people most hurt by this cheating are the wrong-doers themselves.
They’ve lost their reputations, a lot of money and possibly even their careers.
They should now be left to live with the consequences of their actions. Cricketers should reflect on what happened and use the lessons to improve the game and the behaviour of players.
And the rest of us should direct our indignation where it might right a wrong or help the wronged.
The Black Caps won the cricket test against England by an innings and 49 runs.
What’s more the team did it without cheating and I’m very grateful for that.
A hard game, a good one for spectators and a well deserved win.
So many times the Highlanders win the first half but the Crusaders win the second.
Tonight the blue and gold team held on to its lead for which I’m grateful.
A media release from the Hilux Rural Games Trust:
Leading rural sporting stars recognised by their peers
The winners of the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards have been announced at a gala dinner at Awapuni in Palmerston North on the eve of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.
Sir Brian Lochore, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel, says the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards is about celebrating traditional sports and the people who keep events running year-in and year-out in the towns and settlements across New Zealand.
“We had a fantastic line-up of entrants and finalists for each category. Our 2018 winners have proven themselves on the field of their rural sport or in the committee room organising rural sporting events around New Zealand,” says Sir Brian.
Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at C B Norwood Distributors, congratulated both the winners and finalists.
“It has been a truly inspirational evening, hearing about the dedication and commitment of our rural athletes to their sport, and the standing they have on the international arena,” Mr Myers said.
The winners are:
The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year: Tegan O’Callaghan of Doubtless Bay. Last year, at the age of 17, O’Callaghan became the captain of the New Zealand Rodeo High School Team in 2017 and has been a member of the team for three years. This year, O’Callaghan is part of the Australasian Team at the World Rodeo Youth Championships in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA in July 2018. Alongside this, in 2016, O’Callaghan won the junior New Zealand Wine Barrel Race. The award was presented by Commonwealth Games Medallist Natalie Rooney.
The Norwood Rural Sportsman of the Year: John Kirkpatrick from Napier. John has won 149 open finals in New Zealand including Golden Shears (four times) and the New Zealand Champs (two times). He is the 2017 World Champion – Individual Shearing and the 2017 World Champion – Teams (two shearers). As well as running his own contracting business, Kirkpatrick, competes in more than 60 national competitions each year and world championships every 2-3 years. This is his 25th season of open class shearing. He has won 20 titles in the United Kingdom and represented New Zealand at four World Championships.
The Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year: Chrissy Spence of Morrinsville. Spence was the inaugural winner of this award in 2017. That same year, Spence lifted the bar taking out an unprecedented fifth world title at the 2017 International Tree Climbing Championship. Spence has five International Tree Climbing Championship titles (2005, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2017), six New Zealand National Women’s Championship titles (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), and four Asia-Pacific titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015).
The award was presented by Steve Hansen, coach NZ All Blacks and Skellerup’s Perry Davis and Deborah Allan.
The Federated Farmers Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry: Jude McNabb of Owaka. McNabb is secretary of Shearing Sport’s New Zealand South Island committee, and runs her own business. She was secretary for the New Zealand Shearing Foundation, which was established to run the 40th Anniversary World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships for which she was the event manager. More than 30 countries were represented and 12,000 spectators attended. The championships were named New Zealand International Event of the Year at the NZ Events Association awards. In August, McNabb was appointed secretary of Shearing Sports New Zealand. By the end of the year she was also helping organise the Southern Shears and a Southern Field Days Speed Shear, both held in Gore in February. The award was presented by Sir Brian Lochore and Federated Farmers vice president Andrew Hoggard.
The inaugural Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award: Paul van Beers from Porangahau. Van Beers retired from competing in 2016 after a fall from a horse on his sheep and beef farm. His competition career spanned the 1990s to 2016. No one else has ever – or is likely to ever again – repeat the staggering number of wins and podium finishes van Beers had through his 31-year competitive fencing career. He has under his belt 14 Wiremark Golden Pliers New Zealand National Singles Championship Titles, 12 Fieldays Silver Spades New Zealand National Doubles Championship Titles and two Patura World Power Fencing Champion Titles. In 2014 he was half of the first father and son (Jason) combination to win the Fieldays Silver Spades. Paul continues to help drive NZFC. The award was presented by Ray Davies, Simon van Velthooven, Guy Endean and Sean Regan from Emirates Team NZ and Andrew Davis General Manager Marketing Toyota NZ.
The judging panel is chaired by former All Black captain and World Cup winning coach, Sir Brian Lochore, who is also a founding board member of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust. The other judges are rural sports icon and president of Shearing Sports New Zealand Sir David Fagan, Olympic equestrian medallist Judy ‘Tinks’ Pottinger, MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger, founder and trustee of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Steve Hollander, and respected agricultural journalists Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins, Tony Leggett and Jamie Mackay.
Nominations for the awards are made by rural sports associations from throughout Aotearoa.
The finalists in the five categories were:
The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year:
o Corey Church (Rotorua) – Rodeo
o James Kilpatrick (Tauranga) –Tree Climbing
o Shane Bouskill (Waipawa) – Fencing
o John Kirkpatrick (Napier) – Shearing
· The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year:
o Maryanne Baty (Gisborne) – Shearing
o Chrissy Spence (Morrinsville) – Tree Climbing
· The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
o Rebecca Birkett (Taumarunui) – Endurance Horses
o Tegan O’Callaghan (Doubtless Bay) – Rodeo
o Robbie Hollander (Dairy Flat) – Egg Throwing & Catching
· The Federated Farmers Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry
o Jason Semenoff (Hikurangi) – Wood Chopping
o Nick Liefting (Auckland) – Fencing
o Jude McNab (Owaka) – Shearing
· The inaugural Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award:
o Paul van Beers (Porangahau) – Fencing
o Hugh McCarroll (Whangamata) – Shearing
o Elizabeth Mortland (Taihape) – Gumboot Throwing
The ODT writes about the first New Zealander to compete in the Winter Olympics:
Herbie Familton, who died in May 2002, aged 74, was one of three Kiwis who represented their country at the 1952 games in Oslo, Norway.
Despite having a broken thumb, Oamaru-born Herbert competed in the giant slalom and finished in 77th place, the highest finisher in the New Zealand team.
Selected as a travelling reserve, he replaced team captain Roy McKenzie, who was forced to withdraw through injury.
The 2m-long wooden skis he used at the Olympics were given to the North Otago Museum in 2002, probably by his family after he died, curator of collections Chloe Searle said. . .
Herbie’s son, Herb Familton, who lives in Christchurch, said while his father did not speak of his Olympic experience often, it was clear he was proud of his achievement.
”He did talk about it a little bit, but not a lot. He talked about how good the Europeans were and that he did some training in Austria beforehand. He knew they would have to do well and perform well because the Europeans were pretty good. He always said he had beaten the Lebanese and the Australians, which gave him some great satisfaction.
”Skiing in New Zealand, particularly then, was a real novelty. People from overseas didn’t realise people could ski in New Zealand at all. From the games on, the ski industry in New Zealand developed quite a lot.”
Herb said his father, also a keen tennis player, would wear his New Zealand Olympic team blazer when he went to play tennis, a sport he played well into his 40s.
Herbert skied regularly until 2000, primarily at Coronet Peak, and also at Awakino Skifield near Kurow, which he helped develop. . .
Herbie was also a musician who played in the Oamaru Operatic Society orchestra for years.
He used to come out to our farm to gather fire wood and delighted in blowing up stumps with explosives he’d mixed in a food processor at home.
When Mike Sandri first suggested athletes from round the world might like to run the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway, and would pay well for doing so, some locals were skeptical.
But months of hard work by him and his team paid off and the race starts today:
A first for New Zealand, the ultra endurance race will involve athletes running self-supported on and around the 300km-plus Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, which extends from Aoraki Mt Cook to Oamaru, over seven stages in seven days.
As it stands, stages one and two (53.85km) on day one have a 14hr cut-off; stage three (51.34km) on day two a 13hr cutoff; stage four (86.6km) on days three and four a 34hr cut-off; stage five (43.76km) on day five a 12hr cut-off; stage six (52.66km) on day six a 13hr cutoff; and stage seven (28.67km) on the final day a 6hr cut-off. Checkpoints will be set up every 10km to 15km, offering water and electrolytes.
Self-supported runners will have to carry their own food, sleeping mat, sleeping bag and other compulsory items for the entire seven days, while supported runners will have their food and bedding carried for them to the end of each stage.
They will still have to carry all compulsory gear and food for that day. Each team will comprise up to four runners, and each member will carry the same as an individual. Its origins go back to September 2016, when Mr Sandri took part in the Canyon to Canyon Ultra, a self-supported foot race covering about 280km over six gruelling days in testing conditions in the United States.
When talking to his fellow competitors, they queried him as to why there was no organised ultra race in New Zealand.
“I thought that was actually a pretty good question,” he said.
Mr Sandri believed the terrain from Aoraki Mt Cook to Oamaru would be perfect for such as race, and when he returned from the Canyon to Canyon event, he set his idea in motion.
More than a year later, everything is set to go.
The 126 athletes who will compete hail from 15 countries with a split of about 50-50 between males and females.
Just under half of the field is made up of athletes from New Zealand. . .
The Alps 2 Ocean Ultra website says:
From the base of New Zealand’s Highest mountain, Mount Cook, to the small, historic town of Oamaru, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this rugged 316km race passes by eight lakes, takes in valleys, rivers and diverse terrain. It is set to challenge the hardiest athlete, yet allow virgin ultra-athletes to test their mettle.
Run by an enthusiastic, committed team of tireless volunteers, backed by a generous range of sponsors, all proceeds from Alps 2 Ocean are heading right back into the community and the uptake of registrations means that a difference will be made. The event answers the question about why our country has not yet hosted an ultra-staged race, and the uptake of entries shows the need there was for it.
1. To bring people to Godzone and showcase our amazing country. Check. √
2. To host an inclusive race – catering for the elite athlete to the bucket lister. Check √
3. To contribute any profits to the community, with a focus on youth. We’ll make this transparent via our social media channels.
I am in awe of anyone who is fit enough to run 316 kilometres and equally in awe of Sandri who had the vision for the race and the work down by him, his team of volunteers and the sponsors who have made it happen.
(P.S. – if you click on the website link you’ll see some of the beautiful countryside through which the race will go).