North Shore Times : November 30th 2010
30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 SPORT Kendall stands up for fitness By MARYKE PENMAN Action woman: Olympic boardsailor Barbara Kendall competes in the Beach Series at Takapuna. The second quarter of the State Beach Series is under way and top contenders are competing for a share of the cash prize pool. Among these is five-time Olympian Barbara Kendall. Kendall is in second place on the series leaderboard after competing in each of the four stand up paddle races so far. The mother of two has a busy lifestyle. She juggles various roles on the Inter- national Olympic Committee as well as being a motivational speaker, but says she sees the series as a priority each week. I spend about 90 days a year doing honorary work for various committees and organisations so it's really busy,'' Kendall says. But the beach series keeps me honest in terms of where I am with my fitness. Having such an irregular lifestyle I try and keep it as a focus on Tuesdays and I schedule all my appointments and travels around it.'' Kendall has been compet- ing at the top of her sport for 21 years and has a full collec- tion of Olympic medals in boardsailing including a gold, silver and a bronze. She is one of only five Kiwi women to win an Olympic gold medal. She says she finds it hard to maintain her fitness with- out the motivation of future competitions. Usually I don't push myself like I used to, I've become more of a cruiser. So the beach series is good in that it makes me do one really hard aerobic fitness session every week and I'll dig it in,'' she says. Kendall's latest endeavour is her work as an Oceania outreach educator helping high performance athletes with the transition to careers after competition. I think the most challeng- ing thing is when you stop being an athlete, because your focus was to be as fit and healthy as you could to get performance. When you retire that becomes your challenge, to be fit and healthy. So the beach series has been great in keeping us past-our-used-by-date ath- letes fit and healthy.'' Kendall is now enjoying work as a celebrity speaker. I'm doing motivational workshops called Let Go and so I'm helping people use tools that I have learnt over the last 20-odd years to get where I am. Now I'm teaching and it's so rewarding,'' Ken- dall says. There are four races to go before the Christmas break and Kendall says she has enjoyed this season so much that she plans to bring her husband Shayne and daughters Samantha and Aimee along for next summer's series. The girls are trying every- thing at the moment which I think is perfect for their age, and so next summer we hope to come down as a family and they can do the run or the swim.'' Northcote pitcher tosses up an amazing weekend Northcote pitcher Brad Rona had an outstanding weekend at the Ramblers' softball tournament. The Black Sox fielder- batter and player-coach has spent the past few years dev- eloping his skills as a pitcher and he dominated the series, allowing only five safe hits in three back-to-back matches on Sunday. But a bizarre inning in the final against Ramblers cost Northcote the win. Rona walked the first bat- ter and then decided that the next two batters were too dangerous so allowed both deliberate walks. With the bases loaded, Rona's concentration slipped and he started his pitch, then stopped. That was ruled as an illegal pitch, giving Ramblers the winning run. A later home run gave Ramblers a 2-0 win. Rona's battles began when the side lost a key match against Auckland champion Waitakere Bears on Saturday in a 4-3 tiebreaker. Bears persisted in giving Rona walks to cancel out his hitting ability and Northcote just did not get the runs to win well. Dean Wallace inspired an early lead against champion- ship leader Auckland United and finally Rona had a chance to hit, taking a home run in the fifth turn for a sweeping 5-0 win which started a fight-back through the losers' section. A big win over Marist set Northcote against United again. United had an early lead and once again Rona was given deliberate walks, three of them in a row. But in the fifth inning he was on base with Leon Lam- bert when Tamihana Hau hit a three-base shot and United could not fight back. The 2-1 loss took United out of the series. Then it was a rematch with Bears, and Northcote did come alight at the start. Callum Ryan's fine season continued with a first-batter hit and Rona hit a two-base shot, followed by a Wallace drive which scored two. Rona then took over, allowing the powerful Bears batters only one hit -- to the side's first batter of the game -- and Northcote did not really need Lambert's late inning triple, followed by Ryan's sec- ond hit which took the score to 3-0 and Northcote into the final. Rona's three games in a row with outstanding success was a tribute to his fitness and determination and looks set to retain his title as local player of the year. Roosters tasted success in the Fastpitch championship with an 8-0 win over Otahuhu at Rosedale. A fran- tic first inning scored six runs with home runs from Darryn Tapsell and Murray Mayo the feature. Aaron Knight, Tai Hiku and Marty Cannon also hit safely. Cannon hit a home run in the fourth turn after a hit by Haydon Patton to end the game early. Young pitcher Jackson Prime continued his rise with a shut-out, marred only by one Otahuhu hit, a walk and one pitch which hit a batter. IN BRIEF Martial arts Browns Bay-based Kenpo Oceania Championships success included gold medals in full contact sparring for Jack Whooley in the under-12 competition, Christopher Singh in the under-16 competition and Borjan Alexander in the men's middleweight division. Sixteen-year-old Bobbi Walker won silver in women's middleweight division full contact sparring . Alister Van Mil, 22, won three gold medals, taking top spot in sets, self defence and heavy weight sparring as well as two silvers for forms. Cricket The Westlake Boys High School year 9 cricket team won the Auckland tournament. They played three round robin games to get into the final. On day one they beat Rangitoto College by 45 runs and on day two they beat Mt Albert Grammar comfortably by 75 runs. On day three they beat St Kentigern College with good contributions from Jono Ross (52) and Stefan Baumgartner (41) with the bat and four wickets from Wesley Healiss. Playing Sacred Heart in the final, Westlake posted 212 in 40 overs, the runs coming from Ross and Ethan Lovich, who both got 24 opening the batting. Clayton Floyd (54) and Baumgarner (47) produced a great partnership in the middle. It was tight right up until the 35th over, when Westlake got Sacred Heart's key batsman out, and then proceeded to take a team hat-trick. Westlake will go to the junior national tournament in March next year. Athletics Five junior athletes aged 10 to 11 years from North Harbour Bays Cougars have been selected to represent Auckland in the annual Trans Tasman Challenge to be held on January 16 in Sydney. They will compete in a range of track and field events including sprints, middle- distance races, discus, shotput, long jump and high jump against a team of top junior athletes from New South Wales. Fundraising efforts are under way with a number of the junior athletes holding sausage sizzles throughout the North Shore over the next few weeks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help the team with their fundraising efforts by making a donation. Round two extends Fogg's V8 champ lead Angus Fogg extended his lead in the V8s champion- ship during the second round. Again, the Birkenhead driver's consistent top five results -- a fifth place and two seconds -- in the LG-ZB Falcon meant he was able to ease out a seven-point advantage over the next-best competitor, John McIntyre. Fogg set a cracking pace during Saturday's top 10 shootout to secure the sec- ond quickest qualifying time, on the front row of the grid for Sunday's first 10-lap race. But the first race was a nightmare at the start and I had to work hard to make sure I held on to fifth,'' Fogg says. Fogg started fifth and dove to the edge of the cir- cuit at the rolling start, taking advantage of the wide start-finish straight to power down the inside to get in front of defending NZV8 champion Craig Baird as the leaders roared around turn one for the first time. Fogg maintained a com- fortable second place to the chequered flag from there. The second 10-lapper was a different story -- it was a great race and we were rapt with second. In the final race, the reverse grid 20-lapper, the LG-ZB Falcon was brilliant. It had really good pace and reasonably good tyres, so starting from 16th, it was a fantastic effort to get through to third across the line. With Tim Edgell being penalised for speeding at the rolling start and dropping from first to third, that elev- ated us to second.'' Fogg was second on points for the round, and extends his lead in the championship heading into round three at Teretonga in January.
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